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Water Harmony - Integration of Education, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Water Harmony-II)

Main partner(s):
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NO, University)
Contact:
  • Ratnaweera, Harsha (harsha.ratnaweera@nmbu.no)
Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology (UA, Education)
Contact:
  • Smotraiev, Roman (smotr00@gmail.com)
Other partners:
National Technical University of Ukraine - "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (UA, Education)
Cherkassy State Technological University (UA)
Belarusian State Technological University (BY, Education)
Technical University of Moldova (TUM) (MD, University)
South-Kazakhstan State University (KZ, Education)
Tajik Technical University (TJ, Education)
Kyrgyz National University (KG, University)
Mining-metallurgical Institute of Tajikistan (TJ, Research)
SILKWAY International University (KZ, Private Enterprise)
Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KG, University)
National University of Water and Environmental Engineering (UA, University)
Programme: Cooperation Programme with Eurasia
Call: Eurasia 2015 - Long-term
Project ID: CPEA-2015/10036
Year of allocation: 2016
Period: Mar 2016 - Dec 2022
Project Status: Completed
Allocation: 6 800 000 NOK
Discipline area(s):
  • Environmental technology
  • Ecology, Environmental Sciences
Publications: List of publications
Dissemination: List of dissemination activities

Summary

The Water Harmony-II (2016-2019) re-orientates water-related graduate teaching practices towards a greater focus on the needs of the society and labor market. This is built on the solid foundation laid by the Water Harmony- Phase 1 (2011-2014), where consolidation of water related education was in focus. The Water Harmony –II has four goals (1) Strengthening and expansion of institutional partnerships between NMBU and nine universities in seven partner countries through academic collaboration (2) Development of existing graduate programs towards more research, innovation, entrepreneurship and labor market orientation through partnerships with public and private sectors (3) Increase international orientation of study programs and competence of supervisors through academic partnerships and student-staff mobility between the partner countries and Norway and (4) Dissemination of the revitalized curricula, teaching tools and concepts to other universities associated with the partner universities and to other resource persons and entities.

Partnerships with public and private organizations will be strengthened through their involvement in curricula improvement, joint supervision, internships and innovative research. More awareness, interest, knowledge and enthusiasm at Norwegian institutions and among Norwegian students are anticipated to be generated through mobility programs (including externally funded), guest lectures and seminars.

The main partners of the Water Harmony-II are the Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology (Dnepropetrovsk, IoN Coordinator), National Technical University of Ukraine - "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (Kiev), Cherkassy State Technological University (Cherkassy), Belarusian State Technological University (Minsk), Technical University of Moldova (Chishinev), South-Kazakhstan State University (Shymkent), Tajik Technical University (Dushanbe), Kyrgyz National University (Bishkek) and the Mining-metallurgical Institute of Tajikistan (Khojand), and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Ås). Each of the partners will have three associated partners representing a university, public organization and a private enterprise.

The project is organized in such a way that large number of teaching staff (over 40), students (over 100) and resouce persons (over 30) from public and private organizations will be physically meeting each other at the partner universities. The project management will benefit with the previous four years of collaboration experience.

The project is structured with 15 activities. The project goals will be achieved through networking, interactions, workshops, inter-partner supervision, research etc.; sharing of best practices among partner as well as dialogues and job fairs/"career days" with future employers, and the iterative process of improvement through student and staff evaluations of the project results; the large number of student-staff mobility’s across countries and joint research, lectures and publications; alongside a more active and quality-oriented publishing culture as well as the involvement of associate partners from the public and private sector and associated universities.

The project has several milestones like 8 international project meetings at partner universities and 12 Skype/Lync meetings, development of five courses, student mobility programs, online courses and lectures, upgrading of text book which will be published in seven languages, strengthened labs, joint teaching and supervision, student placements. etc.

The Short-term results include international project meetings representing 10 universities; workshops open for external partners and students, intensive courses for MSc students at NMBU; exchange of master students and staff between Ukraine and Norway for research fellowships; production, translation and distribution of one text book on water management & treatment in seven languages; to produce a handbooks on graduate supervision, innovation and entrepreneurship; publications citied in Scopus/Web of Sciences, joint online courses and lectures developed and utilized by partners, student placements and research collaborations with industrial partners, dialogue meetings and job-fairs with future employers; double diploma for master/PhD students, workshops on entrepreneurship, upgraded laboratories.

A joint university agreement on research and educational agreement among all partners will be signed and at least three collaborative research proposals for external funding will be submitted. At least 50% participation of females in all student mobility programs will be secured.

The project envisages the following long-term results: A strengthened and sustainable scientific and educational network with harmonized visions and attitudes; teaching programs are adopted to the needs of the society and the labor market; entrepreneurship and innovative culture institutionalized among the partners’ strategic development traditions; graduates at a greater length adopt to the labor market needs and streamline towards an efficient employment process; A sustainable trust and mutual respect among the universities and public-private partnerships are established through dialogues, meetings and motilities; Five online courses with self-financing mechanism are launched so the quality and services will continue beyond the project period; More internationally oriented teaching staff and students via continuous and repeated exposure; Establishment of a "Water Harmony Alumni Association" for sharing of, and contribution to, the continuous development of the cause of the Water Harmony initiative. Use of modern social networking (facebook, LinkedIn, etc) to promote this endeavor.

Finally, this is an ambitious project requiring a coordinated team-effort from dedicated partners to accomplish the goal. The successful network and experience from phase-I of the project is an important and critical foundation for the management and implementation of this project.

Report Summary

The Water Harmony-II (2016-2019) re-orientates water-related graduate teaching practices towards a greater focus on the needs of the society and labor market. This is built on the solid foundation laid by the Water Harmony- Phase 1 (2011-2014), where consolidation of water related education was in focus. The Water Harmony –II has four goals (1) Strengthening and expansion of institutional partnerships between NMBU and nine universities in seven partner countries through academic collaboration (2) Development of existing graduate programs towards more research, innovation, entrepreneurship and labor market orientation through partnerships with public and private sectors (3) Increase international orientation of study programs and competence of supervisors through academic partnerships and student-staff mobility between the partner countries and Norway and (4) Dissemination of the revitalized curricula, teaching tools and concepts to other universities associated with the partner universities and to other resource persons and entities.

Partnerships with public and private organizations will be strengthened through their involvement in curricula improvement, joint supervision, internships and innovative research. More awareness, interest, knowledge and enthusiasm at Norwegian institutions and among Norwegian students are anticipated to be generated through mobility programs (including externally funded), guest lectures and seminars.

The main partners of the Water Harmony-II are the Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology (Dnepropetrovsk, IoN Coordinator), National Technical University of Ukraine - "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (Kiev), Cherkassy State Technological University (Cherkassy), Belarusian State Technological University (Minsk), Technical University of Moldova (Chishinev), South-Kazakhstan State University (Shymkent), Tajik Technical University (Dushanbe), Kyrgyz National University (Bishkek) and the Mining-metallurgical Institute of Tajikistan (Khojand), and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Ås). Each of the partners will have three associated partners representing a university, public organization and a private enterprise.

The project is organized in such a way that large number of teaching staff (over 40), students (over 100) and resouce persons (over 30) from public and private organizations will be physically meeting each other at the partner universities. The project management will benefit with the previous four years of collaboration experience.

The project is structured with 15 activities. The project goals will be achieved through networking, interactions, workshops, inter-partner supervision, research etc.; sharing of best practices among partner as well as dialogues and job fairs/"career days" with future employers, and the iterative process of improvement through student and staff evaluations of the project results; the large number of student-staff mobility’s across countries and joint research, lectures and publications; alongside a more active and quality-oriented publishing culture as well as the involvement of associate partners from the public and private sector and associated universities.

The project has several milestones like 8 international project meetings at partner universities and 12 Skype/Lync meetings, development of five courses, student mobility programs, online courses and lectures, upgrading of text book which will be published in seven languages, strengthened labs, joint teaching and supervision, student placements. etc.

The Short-term results include international project meetings representing 10 universities; workshops open for external partners and students, intensive courses for MSc students at NMBU; exchange of master students and staff between Ukraine and Norway for research fellowships; production, translation and distribution of one text book on water management & treatment in seven languages; to produce a handbooks on graduate supervision, innovation and entrepreneurship; publications citied in Scopus/Web of Sciences, joint online courses and lectures developed and utilized by partners, student placements and research collaborations with industrial partners, dialogue meetings and job-fairs with future employers; double diploma for master/PhD students, workshops on entrepreneurship, upgraded laboratories.

A joint university agreement on research and educational agreement among all partners will be signed and at least three collaborative research proposals for external funding will be submitted. At least 50% participation of females in all student mobility programs will be secured.

The project envisages the following long-term results: A strengthened and sustainable scientific and educational network with harmonized visions and attitudes; teaching programs are adopted to the needs of the society and the labor market; entrepreneurship and innovative culture institutionalized among the partners’ strategic development traditions; graduates at a greater length adopt to the labor market needs and streamline towards an efficient employment process; A sustainable trust and mutual respect among the universities and public-private partnerships are established through dialogues, meetings and motilities; Five online courses with self-financing mechanism are launched so the quality and services will continue beyond the project period; More internationally oriented teaching staff and students via continuous and repeated exposure; Establishment of a "Water Harmony Alumni Association" for sharing of, and contribution to, the continuous development of the cause of the Water Harmony initiative. Use of modern social networking (facebook, LinkedIn, etc) to promote this endeavor.

Finally, this is an ambitious project requiring a coordinated team-effort from dedicated partners to accomplish the goal. The successful network and experience from phase-I of the project is an important and critical foundation for the management and implementation of this project.

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