SAVE THE DATE - Virtual Monthly Meeting on Monday, July 5, 2021, at 9 A.M. (CET)

International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (TEL 2021), April 23 – 24

International conference on Teaching, Education and Learning will cover the rigorous analysis of the educational process, systems and approaches along with the cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts. Professor Manjula Vithanapathirana delivered the keynote address for the Conference on CONTESSA with the title “A Blended Learning Primary Teacher Education Innovation: Lessons from an international collaboration between Europe and Asia amidst of COVID-19 pandemic.”

IRCHSS 2021, March 18-19, 2021

Ms. Samadara Amarasinghe and Mr. Igala Gamage Chinthaka Chandrakumara​ will present CONTESSA at the 7th International Research Conference on Humanities & Social Sciences (IRCHSS 2021) which will be held on March 18th and 19th, 2021 at Waters Edge Colombo, Sri Lanka with their presentations.

Annual Research Symposium 2020, DECEMBER 18, 2020

Prof. Manjula Vithanapathirana presented her submission titled: “E-readiness and Techno-anxiety of postgraduate teacher trainees: Exploring the psychological climate for introducing Blended Learning through CONTESSA project” at the Annual Research Symposium 2020, Faculty of Education, the University of Colombo on the 18th December 2020.


The University of Graz and University of Colombo presented CONTESSA at the DAAD Conference. It was an online conference ‘Connecting Germany and South Asia – Fostering Partnerships in Higher Education.’ It was the first-ever online meeting to bring together the stakeholders of all DAAD-funded cooperation projects organized by DAAD India to celebrate the 60th Anniversary aimed at facilitating cross-learning and future collaborations. 100-125 people participated.

GENEME 2020, OCTOBER 7-9, 2020

Thomas Köhler, Orkhan Jalilov, Manjula Vithanapathirana, Shironica P. Karunanayaka, Sandra Hummel, Bridget Sheehan presented CONTESSA at the 23th annual conference GeNeMe on “Communities in New Media” in Dresden with their submission entitles, “EduTech Implementation in a global higher education network. Empirical data from a field study in South Asia”.


The CONTESSA annual meeting was held online with great success! Project members met over the course of two days to discuss the development of the courses and the Train-the-Trainer program, the aquisition of technical equipment, future deliverables and deadlines and public relations opportunities.

HICEDUCATION 2020, JANUARY 4 – 7, 2020

Sandra Bohlinger presented CONTESSA at the 18th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu with her submission entitles, “Reforming teacher education by means of learner-centered pedagogy: The case of Cambodia” The goal of the conference was for education professionals around the world to “share their broad array of knowledge and perspectives.”


The conference brought Cambodian teachers together to discuss pedagogy. Prof. Meas Nearyroth, a CONTESSA project member from the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, spoke about CONTESSA and the impact it will have on the field of teaching in Cambodia and how others can get involved.