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Joint International Projects

 

1.1. EurDiQ Project - "European Dimension in Qualifications for the Tourist Sector". With the support of the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union. The consortium of 17 European and CIS higher education institutions established EurDiQ project in 2015 as a part of Erasmus+ Program managed by European Commission.
Project Name: European Dimension in Qualifications for the Tourist Sector (EurDiQ)
Project Dates: October 2015 - October 2018
Program Name: ERASMUS+
Erasmus + Project Number: 561832-EPP-1-2015-1-LV-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP
Grant holder HEI: Baltic International Academy, Latvia
The main objective of the project is to ensure sustainable development of Russian higher education through quality assurance structure for degree programmes in line with Bologna and EU 2020 strategic objective:
-to harmonize qualifications and competences in the tourism sector
-to improve the consortium academic staff qualification
-design of pilot Master programmes in tourism
-establishment of the quality control and monitoring procedures at PCIs
-to disseminate project outcomes and best practices in HEIs of Russia and Kyrgyzstan
-to implement learning outcomes in real tourism sector
EurDiQ aims at strengthening of the European dimension in qualifications of the tourist sector to enhance employability of graduates in the field of tourism in Russia and Kyrgyzstan.
More information about the project here..

1.2. NETOUR Project - "Network for Excellence in Tourism through Organizations and Universities in Russia" with the support of the TEMPUS programme of the European Union. The purpose of NETOUR is to work with Russian universities and businesses to help improve: university products (curricula & student expertise) and, tourism organizations' efficiency through a qualified workforce, in order to develop and sustain the tourism sector in Russia. Both industry and universities work together to respond to the growing needs of the Russian tourism sector. To fulfill these main objectives, a situation analysis of tourism in Russia will be conducted with two aims:
-to perform an analysis of the tourism sector in the areas of influence of the Russian university partners (current demand and supply, main competitors at destination level) in order to identify the actual needs of the sector.
- to review the tourism curricula currently delivered by Russian University partners in order to identify their level of matching with EU standards, and the 'fit' between sector needs (previously identified) and the curricula.

After that, several strategies implemented to improve the present situation, to foster a positive change and to increase international cooperation between universities for the long term:
- to update knowledge course for tourism professionals (in the framework of lifelong learning);
- to create a mentoring programme for tourism management students (to improve school-business relations and to increase student skills and employability);
- to organize workshops with policy makers and other stakeholders (to enhance the cooperation between university and society);
- to organize an International Conference (to reinforce the network created between the universities in the consortium, NETOUR, and to open this network to other universities in and beyond Russia);
- to establish a Data Centre to continue the data collection process initiated by NETOUR to help universities respond to society's changing needs.
More information about the project here..

1.3. TEMPUS Project - "Development of new curricula in sustainable rural tourism". The present TEMPUS project aims to develop and strengthen rural tourism through designing, testing, implementing and evaluating a programme of special modules for rural tourism to be included in new Bachelor and Master Curricula in the field of Tourism. These new developed modules will correspond in full to the Bologna principles and Tuning recommendations and be based on the experience of the European partners of the project. Russian universities are increasingly aware of the need to modernize their curricula and to change their curricula into modern two level Bachelor / Master courses. The modules of the rural tourism will be elaborated in such a way that they fit into the respective Bachelor and Master courses of the Russian Universities, thus enhancing the European dimension and comparability of qualifications.
Project Name: TEMPUS Project - "Development of new curricula in sustainable rural tourism"
Project Dates: 2010-2013
Project Agreement Number: №159312-TEMPUS-FR-TEMPUS-JPCR
The main aims of the project:
- to prepare the ground for sustainable rural tourism in Russia
- to modernize Bachelor and Master curricula in the sphere of tourism in Russia
- to develop specialization modules in rural tourism for the 2 cycle curricula
- to intense of the participating teaching staff
- to create teaching and learning materials for new modules
- to pilot new study programmes in Pskov region (ground for practical placements for students)

1.4. E-URAL Project – "European Union and RussiA Link for S&T co-operation in the area of the environment". The concept of the E-URAL Project is a consortium of partners from Europe and Russia, funded by FP7 support actions, that aims at improving quantity and quality of participation of Russian researchers and SMEs in the "Environment (including climate change)" thematic priority of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).
Project Name: European Union and RussiA Link for S&T co-operation in the area of the environment (E-URAL)
Project Dates: 2009-2012
Project Grant Agreement Number: 226517 E-URAL CSA-SA
The objectives of the Project are:
- to improve the knowledge among Russian researchers and multipliers on the thematic priority "Environment (including climate change)"of FP7
- to support the Russian National Information Points (NIPs) for the Environment theme in order to improve skills that will boost the quality of services offered to FP7 proposers
- to improve capacity building and know-how on submission procedures under EU-FP projects in Russia
- to raise awareness in Europe of skilled potential partners from Russia to be involved in EU-FPs in the "Environment (including climate change)" theme.
More information about the project here..

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