The Water Harmony Erasmus+ Project provides student and staff mobility, project workshops and cooperation activities, which aim to deliver the main educational outcomes:
- Launching of new courses, supported by teaching approaches, methodologies, teacher guidelines, upgraded laboratories, presentation materials and e-learning modules
- Teacher training workshops and evaluation of teaching materials by students during mobility programs
- Industrialization of innovations initiated at universities and establishment of contract research agreements with new enterprises as well as student placements
Student and teacher fellowships
The Project contains over 110 student mobility fellowships and 22 team-working opportunities for staff, which will motivate, educate and form both students and teachers.
During short (3 weeks) mobility actions, students will evaluate the tools, resources and concepts produced during the implementation of the project.
Students from the Ukrainian universities will have full one-year fellowships with 60 ECTS volumes. They will be able to carry out a research part of a master level study.
For the Norwegian, Polish and German students, the visits to Ukrainian universities are planned for 5 months, as that is the normative time allocate for master thesis work. Thus, the Project anticipates final year master level students from program countries.
The staff mobility grants are anticipated to provide an adequate insight to the teaching and research practices at the involved six universities, both for Ukrainian and Norwegian, Polish and German universities. These stays will be complimentary to the short stays carried out by the project partners during workshops. Teacher fellowships will focus on understanding of the best teaching practices, tools and materials, entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives. These activities will train teachers to think creating better opportunities for graduates and contract research as well as to think multi-purpose utilization of resources.
Workshops and meetings
Building a solid partnership network is key to the sustainability of the project, thus it has been scheduled to have eleven physical workshops, one in each universities. The workshops will bring the team together and cover discussion of results and activity planning on reviewing and building curricula, development of tools, methodologies and pedagogical approaches.
Targeted Partner Country universities will also organize open workshops, where invite other universities in their countries and educational authorities to participate in open dissemination activities.
Cultural program of the meetings will build a WaterH-family, both socially and professionally integrated, devoted for work with increasing enthusiasm.
It is planned to have at least one web-workshop in between physical workshops to ensure progress of the Project.
Cooperation with enterprises and student placement
Another action will be to establish good relationships with enterprises so they are confident about the quality and timeliness of the delivery of the results that may create contract research. Many European universities start and strengthen their relationships with enterprises through student placements, which have also become the main contract research clients. The universities must then have necessary analytical facilities and capabilities to run the facilities with the expected qualities.
The staff mobility strand will be also utilized to test and evaluate enterprise placements in program country universities. It is anticipated to have a mixture of enterprise placements and research at the universities enabling a comparison that will be useful in the Project when enterprise relationships are developed.
These activities will strengthen entrepreneurship skills and streamline the entrepreneurship collaborations with partner universities.
Current activity will increase efficiency of technological tools use in learning process. For example, when teaching materials are produced, it is only logical to also develop them as e-learning modules – which can be used for supporting resources for full-time students.
They can also function as non-residential postgraduate courses, which there is a significant need for among professionals who are already employed. Many European universities are using this as a very successful tool. The e-learning modules will show the potential of further development of distance learning possibilities in the subject field and beyond.