Workpackages

Work-packages of the Project

WP1: Analysis and survey report on existing courses in current engineering curricula

WP2: Intensive Training courses for Uzbek teachers

WP3: Curriculum Development

WP4: Establishing Interdepartmental Engineering Systems Laboratory at AMI, JPI, NSU, SACI, TARI

WP5: Recognition, accreditation and launch of two new MSc programs and their courses

WP6: Training courses for engineers from 6 industry partners

WP7: Quality Control

WP8: Dissemination

 

WP9: Project Management


WP1 Analysis and survey report on existing courses in current engineering curricula

A detailed study on existing courses at 5 Uzbek universities in relevant areas for Highway/Road construction Engineering and Vehicle Engineering is carried out. The study will also include the courses given at EU partner universities. This study will be compiled from inputs of different partners. It will be available to all partners before the kick-off meeting.

 

WP2 Intensive Training courses for Uzbek teachers

CAPACITY BUILDING: Intensive Training courses for Uzbek teachers. The training courses will be carried out in different ways. Uzbek teachers will attend some advanced Engineering courses in two project domains, which are regularly given at EU partner universities. This activity will serve for two purposes. First, it will increase their knowledge on advanced techniques for engineering methods. This will also give them some experience about how a short course is given to engineers. They will also follow parts of some undergraduate and postgraduate courses given at EU partner universities. They can take part in active teaching processes to be acquainted with experiences of their European peers. This will enable them to acquire new teaching methodologies. After laboratories are established and courses are ready at 5 Uzbek universities, viz. TARI, JPI, NSU, AMI, SACI. EU partners/teachers will go to Uzbekistan and guide Uzbek teachers with courses and lab experiments, give some guest lectures at 5 Uzbek universities.

WP3 Curriculum Development

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT in two engineering domains: Curriculum reform on existing MSc program in Highway/Road construction Engineering and New Curriculum in Vehicle Engineering. All being reformed courses will be mandatory courses in total of 60 ECTS per domain. Development of 3 Engineering Essentials courses (30 ECTS) and MSc Thesis requirements for both. 
Curriculum development will be based on Bologna methodology principles even though ECTS are not implemented in Uzbekistan. Curriculum development will be based on knowledge transfer from EU partners, thus enabling development of European up-to-date curricula, in accordance with all current standards. The curriculum development will contain the following steps:
a) detailed needs assessment, curriculum planning  and their placement for each university and its discussion among all the partners (at the kickoff) and appointment of 2 Academic Groups (AG). AG #1 is responsible for MSc in Highway/Road Construction;  AG #2 is responsible  for Vehicle Engineering courses development;
b) knowledge transfer form EU (sharing and adapting curricula from EU partners, discussions, peer reviews, quality control, support to develop lecture books, guest lectures, support to development processes), where all EU partners are involved.
c) Monitoring / evaluation will be continuous part of this activity through a series of Quality Assurance measures and peer reviews.

For both reformed engineering programs it is envisaged to prepare all necessary course materials, exercises, assignments, possible exams and lecture books. While developing new curricula, industry needs and challenges of today in highway/road construction and vehicle engineering will be studied carefully with the help of the industry partners of the project, viz. Europe-Asia Transcontinental Super Highway Consortium and AYT, JV MAN, etc, will be member of AG #1, AG #2.

 

WP4 Establishing Interdepartmental Engineering Systems Laboratory at AMI, JPI, NSU, SACI, TARI

Establish Interdepartmental Engineering Systems laboratory at AMI, JPI, NSU, SACI, TARI. This laboratory will serve not only for graduate students but also for post-graduate students, researchers and teachers/professors. The EU partners will help Uzbek teachers to define necessary laboratory hardware devices and software tools, determine the specifications and choose the best instruments that fit foreseen course experiments and laboratory exercises. The equipment will be chosen so that they can be used for undergraduate, postgraduate, and retraining courses. Several computers will be available and connected to the data acquisition system, so that each student can collect and post-process collected data. Other facilities will be included to help the teaching process.

 

WP5 Recognition, accreditation and launch of two new MSc programs and their courses

SUSTAINABILITY. Recognition and accreditation of the newly developed 12 (6+6) specialization courses in Highway/Road Construction Engineering and Vehicle Engineering, by academic councils of 5 Uzbek universities and include all of them in existing graduate programs at 5 Uzbek universities and have all courses included in MSc programs as core courses. 6 graduate students from 5 Uzbek partner universities are selected for the program studies. Best performing 5 students are selected to carry out their thesis works and take one of the elective courses in the corresponding fields of their studies for up to 1 month at EU partner institutions under supervision of their EU professors and 3 EU students will be given an opportunity to study their thesis works in Uzbekistan. These projects will be designed to simulate practical problems, and will include laboratory or field measurements. There will be a mutual recognition of the periods spent at different partner universities. These exchange students will work together with other students from the host university. This activity is expected to increase the abilities of students to communicate with co-workers from different cultures.

 

WP6 Training courses for engineers from 6 industry partners

TRAINING courses for ENGINEERS from different industries at the established labs according to the current industry needs will be performed. Aim of these training courses will be to upgrade professional skills of industry engineers with new technology tools particularly with digital measurement tools, European engineering methods used in diagnostics and testing, and engineering analysis including computer applications based modeling and designing in highway construction and vehicle engineering areas. The being offered courses are foreseen to be of great importance in development of two salient engineering fields of industries in Uzbekistan. This will enable to make potential cooperation between the project partner universities and local Industries. Also, those engineers, currently working in different enterprises, will be able to benefit from this project. Several intensive courses will be organized for them. The courses will be given by Uzbek teachers and invited EU teachers.

4 EU universities have good experience with undertaking commercial consultancy works for Industries, Businesses, Government Departments and Agencies, Local Authorities, other organizations and individuals. The Uzbek universities will hold meetings with those who are responsible for this unit and invite them to give seminars in Uzbekistan. The purpose of the meetings and seminars is to advise Uzbek universities on how to direct their teaching and research activities towards industry demanded education/research. 5 Uzbek universities will try to take the opportunity of this project to build effective ties with employers – corresponding industries. In addition, several visits will be organized to the project's partner industries and other relevant enterprises.

 

WP7 Quality Control

QUALITY CONTROL. Quality control group (QCG) of academic staffs from partner institutions to monitor quality of teaching and content of the course materials will be created. Besides, the following actions are taken in a planned manner: 1. QCG will assess student performance on new courses via assessing their gained skills and lab projects. 2. Student and teacher feedback via specially designed questionnaires will be collected; 3. Interviews with industry representatives will be carried out; 4. Quality control via project reports; 5. Invited external evaluators (inter-project coaching) will evaluate the project developed curricula;  6. Industry engineers taken part in training will provide feedback on quality of training courses, lab works and their gained skills. 7. Student projects obtained from industries will be assessed by industry engineers; 8. Before training courses and after completion of training courses, PhD students and teachers will take feedback tests.

WP8 Dissemination

Dissemination & Sustainability (WP5 & WP6 above). Given in E.4.

WP9 Management

PROJECT MANAGEMENT. The project is coordinated by the grant-holder institution concerning all financial issues. Overall management of the project is performed by the project steering committee, created as a board one representative from each partner institution. The project is managed in a democratic way with open discussions and communications via skype, email, drop-box, google-file sharing,  face-to-face coordination meetings twice a year. All information of project's development activities performed by every partner will be published on the project website; minutes and key agreed points from every coordination meeting will be shared across partners. The partners will create 4 separate plans in project management during the kick-off meeting: 1) Consolidated financial plan; 2) Steering committee plan; 3) Communication plan; 4) Project monitoring plan. 

 

 

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