Dissemination and exploitation

Dissemination and exploitation

Dissemination

At the initial stage of the project the following dissemination activities will be conducted:

– After the kick-off meeting, regional partner universities will visit and meet associate partners and stakeholders, in order to perform needs analysis. In these visits/meetings, the aim and objectives will be verified, which is extremely important for the CA region. Also the innovative character of the project will be described and disseminated.

– The project website will be created by Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU). Project description as well as the progress and outcomes of the project will be disseminated through the website. This means it will be a continuously updated site. One technical staff from VGTU will take responsibility for the maintenance of the website. The required working time for the maintenance is two days per month.

During the project the following dissemination activities will be conducted:

– There is an annual innovative scientific-practical exhibition in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Partner universities will present the project and disseminate its aims and achievements in that event.

– There are other scientific events/conferences/seminars that take place in the region. Partner universities will attend at least three of them per year to disseminate the aim and outcomes of the project.

– Project reports, minutes of the meetings, periodic outcomes, etc. will be uploaded regularly to the project website.

– Four workshops (two in Uzbekistan and two in Kyrgyzstan) will be held to disseminate and promote the aim and outcomes/outputs of the project to the universities and stakeholders.

Exploitation ​

From early 2019, trained teachers will start teaching the courses at the universities, for both students and stakeholders.

The developed courses will be taught by partner universities, in relevant departments, as supplementary-mandatory courses for bachelor and master students, after receiving approval from the Scientific Union of the partner universities. Receiving approvals is not complicated or time consuming at the university level. Although ToT has not taken place yet, course developers will be able to teach the courses. After ToT, all teachers will be able to teach the developed courses.

The developed courses will be submitted to Ministries of Higher Education (MHE) in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan that are also associate partners, for accreditation. Courses will be offered as both campus and e-learning courses, as well as in blended form.

LU will also use the new developed courses in her LUMAGIS e-learning program. Other partner and participant universities use the courses to their campus/elearning platforms, as well. The availability of e-learning platform provides the opportunity for other groups of the society such as disabled groups, who has difficulties with attending campus courses, to study online.

Partner universities in this project will hold ToT for other universities in the region in CA for capacity building. This will be a continuation of the regional cooperation in CA.

University partners in this project are all experienced in developing SIST courses in environmental protection and disaster risk management. They will most probably develop new courses for the application of SIST in other related subjects, such as hydrology, ecology, geology, etc. The Bologna system will then be used in the development of the courses. Higher education systems of countries in Central Asia will be approached by the partner universities and other universities in the region, to participate in the courses and apply the Bologna system.

The developed iMSEP system will be practically used by stakeholders. Lund University GIS Centre provides a reliable server for running the system, at the beginning. Depending on the technological development of the stakeholders, the server will sooner or later be moved to the stakeholders.

As an obvious and direct result of this project, European participants, regional partners, associate partners and stakeholders will be in touch for further collaboration in capacity building, research, education, and system development.

Dissemination

At the initial stage of the project the following dissemination activities will be conducted:

– After the kick-off meeting, regional partner universities will visit and meet associate partners and stakeholders, in order to perform needs analysis. In these visits/meetings, the aim and objectives will be verified, which is extremely important for the CA region. Also the innovative character of the project will be described and disseminated.

– The project website will be created by Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU). Project description as well as the progress and outcomes of the project will be disseminated through the website. This means it will be a continuously updated site. One technical staff from VGTU will take responsibility for the maintenance of the website. The required working time for the maintenance is two days per month.

During the project the following dissemination activities will be conducted:

– There is an annual innovative scientific-practical exhibition in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Partner universities will present the project and disseminate its aims and achievements in that event.

– There are other scientific events/conferences/seminars that take place in the region. Partner universities will attend at least three of them per year to disseminate the aim and outcomes of the project.

– Project reports, minutes of the meetings, periodic outcomes, etc. will be uploaded regularly to the project website.

– Four workshops (two in Uzbekistan and two in Kyrgyzstan) will be held to disseminate and promote the aim and outcomes/outputs of the project to the universities and stakeholders.

Exploitation ​

From early 2019, trained teachers will start teaching the courses at the universities, for both students and stakeholders.

The developed courses will be taught by partner universities, in relevant departments, as supplementary-mandatory courses for bachelor and master students, after receiving approval from the Scientific Union of the partner universities. Receiving approvals is not complicated or time consuming at the university level. Although ToT has not taken place yet, course developers will be able to teach the courses. After ToT, all teachers will be able to teach the developed courses.

The developed courses will be submitted to Ministries of Higher Education (MHE) in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan that are also associate partners, for accreditation. Courses will be offered as both campus and e-learning courses, as well as in blended form.

LU will also use the new developed courses in her LUMAGIS e-learning program. Other partner and participant universities use the courses to their campus/elearning platforms, as well. The availability of e-learning platform provides the opportunity for other groups of the society such as disabled groups, who has difficulties with attending campus courses, to study online.

Partner universities in this project will hold ToT for other universities in the region in CA for capacity building. This will be a continuation of the regional cooperation in CA.

University partners in this project are all experienced in developing SIST courses in environmental protection and disaster risk management. They will most probably develop new courses for the application of SIST in other related subjects, such as hydrology, ecology, geology, etc. The Bologna system will then be used in the development of the courses. Higher education systems of countries in Central Asia will be approached by the partner universities and other universities in the region, to participate in the courses and apply the Bologna system.

The developed iMSEP system will be practically used by stakeholders. Lund University GIS Centre provides a reliable server for running the system, at the beginning. Depending on the technological development of the stakeholders, the server will sooner or later be moved to the stakeholders.

As an obvious and direct result of this project, European participants, regional partners, associate partners and stakeholders will be in touch for further collaboration in capacity building, research, education, and system development.

Tasks

– Creating Website for the project.
– Dissemination in national and regional exhibitions, conferences, events and seminars.
– Preparing workshops materials.
– Holding four workshops.
– Creating Facebook page for the project.
– Publishing project book.
– Teaching students on the developed courses.
– Publishing in newspapers and TV.
– Defining new collaborations.

Related assumptions and risks

Dissemination activities will be carried out at the beginning, during, as well at thefinal stages of the project.
Risks:
– Accreditation of the courses may slow due to bureaucratic issues.
– Environmental data may be categorized as national security data, by partner countries, and hence data sharing in iMSEP may be challenging (low risk).
– Insufficient electricity supply may cause ineffective use of e-learning system during and after project life time.

Tasks

– Creating Website for the project.
– Dissemination in national and regional exhibitions, conferences, events and seminars.
– Preparing workshops materials.
– Holding four workshops.
– Creating Facebook page for the project.
– Publishing project book.
– Teaching students on the developed courses.
– Publishing in newspapers and TV.
– Defining new collaborations.

Related assumptions and risks

Dissemination activities will be carried out at the beginning, during, as well at thefinal stages of the project.
Risks:
– Accreditation of the courses may slow due to bureaucratic issues.
– Environmental data may be categorized as national security data, by partner countries, and hence data sharing in iMSEP may be challenging (low risk).
– Insufficient electricity supply may cause ineffective use of e-learning system during and after project life time.

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