On December 18, 2019 the Deputy Director of National Erasmus+ Office in Russia (Moscow) Dr. Anna Muravyeva had the monitoring visit to SSTU. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the activities realized and products developed so far, as well as to observe if the project has encountered any problems in operational and/or financial implementation that can be discussed and solved. Dr. Anna Muravyeva has met with all relevant staff involved in the project (academic and administrative), and with the SSTU Rector. The project participants and the SSTU coordinator Dr. Olga Dolinina has discussed the project implementation.
The Education, Audio-Visual, Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in cooperation with the EU Delegation in Mongolia organized a Cluster meeting in Ulaanbaatar with Mongolian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and organizations involved in 18 projects selected under the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Calls for proposals for Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.
Partner universities’ staff took part in training seminars on e-learning systems and online assessment tools. 18-22 of November 2019 teachers from Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan took part in the training session organized by Hemnitz Technical University. During a week 13 teachers were taught how to use the e-learning system OPAL and the knowledge evaluation software ONIX. OPAL and ONIZ are used at the Saxony Universities. The participants investigated the effective methods of e-training and students' evaluation and made the decision about the development of the Hybrid Learning Space for the double-degree MS students. Partners discussed the development of the MS curriculum in the Smart City Technologies.
Partner universities’ staff took part in training seminars on e-learning systems and online assessment tools. Twelve Representatives - professors and teaching staff - from the universities of Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia participated in the 5 days teacher training activities from November 11 to November 15 this year within the frames of ERASMUS + project “ SMARTCITY: Innovative Approach Towards a Master Program. ”
The Novosibirsk International Summer School "Smart Cities: Today and Tomorrow" was held at Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU) on July 01-05, 2019. This Summer School was carried out in full compliance with the Project, aimed at developing and implementing new joint educational programs in the direction of “Smart City Technology and the Internet of Things”.
The summer school was attended by lecturers and responsible leaders from universities in Greece, Germany, Latvia, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Russia and Italy. In this case, the lecturer from Italy was a guest in connection with the cooperation between NSTU and the University of Barry (Italy). Also, within the framework of this event, a coordination meeting of responsible persons was held with discussion of the most important issues and taking decisions on all the issues discussed.
Project's Coordination Meeting took place 2 of July 2019 at NSTU (Russia). All activities which should be done for the first project's year were discussed, participants developed the plan of the activities for the period July 2019-January 2020, shared the responsibilities between partners.
A group of teachers from Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia has visited ATEI, Thessaloniki and TUS, Bulgaria for intensive training in double-degree master program development, content & methodology. Prof. Catalin Vrabie from ATIC, Romania, has come to TUS and presented lectures on smart city issues.
Representatives of Kazakhstan, Mongolian and Russian universities had training sessions in quality assurance at Technical University of Sofia during May 6-12, 2019. Prof. Milka Vicheva presented the systems of quality assurance in EU higher education in regards of SMARTCITY project and the workshop targets. The participants led by Prof. Dukendjiev of TUS had discussed the quality standards in Master training, quality assurance system in TUS – SOPKONI. They had visited the TUS premises, laboratories and Tech park Sofia.
The Project meeting in the frames of the activity 2.1 took place in ATEI, Thessaloniki on March 11-15, 2019. The program included the Coordination meeting, led by the project coordinator Milka Vicheva from TUS in presence of the EU and PC partner representatives. The project management and planning issues were discussed and important decisions were made. In the following days the ATEI colleagues have presented the Master program “Web Smart Technologies”, their experience in programs development, software and facilities used in teaching process. During the week at ATEI the participants have also visited International Hellenic University (Thermi Campus), where have learned about their programs and curricula; Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) and two research institutes: Information Technologies Institute and Hellenic Institute of Transport, where the new projects of smart home, automobiles, and transport management systems were presented.
At the University of Applied Science of Salzburg (Austria) was held the training session for the senior academic administrators. 17 representatives (vice-rectors, deans, vice-deans) of Russian, Mongolian, Kazakhstan universities
28-29 of January 2019 Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Grantholders' Meeting was held at Brussels
28-29 of January 2019 Dr. Milka Vicheva, coordinator of the project and Dr. Olga Dolinna, coordinator of the partners activities took part in the coordination grantholders' meeting for ERASMUS +Capacity Building in Higher Education projects in Brussels (at the Management Centre Europe). The aim was to get the latest information concerning the project's management and financial reporting. The project's activities were discussed also with Mrs. Olga Oleynikova, NEO Russia.
Kick-off meeting and the project’s conference was held at Saratov, SSTU 17-18 December 2018
Representatives of all partners took part at the meeting. All partners presented their institutions and discussed all project’s activities. The plan for the first year activities was developed.
Project’s management committee (for the aim of project’s management) was organized.