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Modernizing higher engineering education in Georgia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to meet the technology challenge
Start date: Oct 15, 2012,

Further development of Georgia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan strongly requires highly skilled engineers able to develop, implement and maintain innovative complex technologies. These countries have excellent traditions in training the engineers resulted in world-class achievements. Nowadays higher engineering education faces new challenge: under conditions when emerging markets deliver cheap products, local industry can hardly compete without development and implementing innovative technologies and complex equipment.Wider objective - to bring engineering HEI in a position to educate students with the qualifications needed to develop and operate complex technologies in a modern team-based environment.Specific objectives:1. To develop capacities at 3 GE, 4 UA and 3 UZ engineering universities in order to implement advanced EU teaching methodology by Oct 2013.2. To modernise MSc and PhD engineering programmes by introduction of new interdisciplinary modules by Aug 2014.3. To bring new platform for academia-industry dialogue towards the relevance of higher engineering education to the technology challenges by Oct 2014.Principle deliverables:- analysis of modern EU concepts of higher engineering education, comparative study of curriculum in EU and PC universities, concept of the higher engineering education reform, action plan towards sustainable academia-industry dialogue;- interdisciplinary modules embedded to several MSc and PhD programmes within 7 engineering domains taught at 3 GE, 4 UA and 3 UZ universities and related teaching materials;- Interfaculty Technology & Product Design Lab and Joint Curriculum Boards established at 10 PC universities.Pedagogic approach of the project focuses on strengthening inter-faculty communication, and familiarising the students with industrial strategies, relationships with suppliers and customers, management methods, corporate leadership culture.

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