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Projects Abroad UK

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 2017-1-UK01-KA203-036521
    Funder Contribution: 335,813 EUR

    The field of Higher Education has been recognised as one of the key drivers within the EU2020 Strategy to overcome the socio-economic crisis, to boost growth and jobs, and to foster equity and inclusion. Moreover, one of the key priorities for HE is the reinforcement of the “Knowledge Triangle”, through the support of innovation, entrepreneurship, and university-business cooperation. This specifically applies to those traditional sectors, such as the environmental-related sectors, where changes in education and training are required to equip the future workforce with the new skills for the new demands generated by the changing patterns of economic growth as a result of climate change (e.g.: water sources, tourism impact). Nevertheless, the European Security and implicit Environment Security is a key driver of sustainable growth with a significant contribution to Europe‘s overall economic health, competitiveness, creativity, innovation, employment, and growth. Staff qualifications along youth unemployment remain one of the crucial points in Europe. To boost the recruitment of highly prepared staff requires initiatives addressing training to make the sector attractive and capable of transforming both the academic knowledge and high-level basic and transversal competencies required to be useful and applicable.ObjectivesThe aim was to develop an International Master’s Module Programme for environmental security in Europe. The new Master’s module programme offers an adapted curriculum to equip the young generation with the specific, basic and transversal competences currently required in the environmental-related industries. This international Master Module Programmeprovides students with opportunities to gain additional skills by studying and training abroad.For these reasons, this Strategic Partnership developed a flexible learning pathway in line with the needs of learners and companies in the environmental security-relatedsectors. The project provided a joint study program between Higher Education and Stakeholders and Training that are providing enterprises innovation, expertise andadded value. PartnershipENSEC was a Strategic Partnership composed of eight entities from regions that are highly influenced by the climate change and environmental security aspects industry: Four universities, three SMEs with technical research and training centres and one industry association representatives.Main activities consisted in:-Conducting surveys, comparative analysis and evidence-gathering, studies of real life cases in order to have a real idea of the needs of skills and competences in theEuropean Environmental Security industry.- Development of a module-based curriculum with the integration of different learning modes such as distance, face to face or blended learning employing innovative approaches.- The creation of learning and training materials together with methods, pedagogical approaches and tools.- Capacity buildings and networking activities.The consortium developed a Study Report on current skills needs on the European Environmental Secuiry industry, a ModuleCurriculum together with a learning content andan e-Learning platform that is freely and widely distributed. Four Multiplier Events have been conducted at the end of the project.Results and impact.ENSEC contributes to the modernisation and reinforcement of education aligned to the needs and opportunities offered by traditional industries.The project provides, assesses, and seeks the recognition of basic skills needed in the environmental security sector. ENSEC also addressed transversal skills, suchas entrepreneurship, foreign languages and digital competences. HE students and staff, and also everyone involved in the development of this initiative had the chance ofincreasing their sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, their competences in foreign languages and, of course, increasing their skills and capabilities for employability in anindustrial sector which is the main key driver in many European regions. It is estimated that in the next five years there will be about 350 students benefiting directly from theeducational materials developed within the project. These will become better equipped to contribute to the development of the environmental security sector, to fulfil the demand of highlyqualified staff, to foster entrepreneurship in the sector. The fact that the Programme is taught in English facilitates the mobility of staff from one EU country to another and through this, the integration is facilitated.


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