Paving the Way to Interregional Mobility and Ensuring Relevance, Quality and Equity of Access (PAWER)

Project Overview

Project Title Paving the Way to Interregional Mobility and Ensuring Relevance, Quality and Equity of Access (PAWER)
Project Number Erasmus+ 574099-EPP-1-2016-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2016–October 14, 2019
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 999.663
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Universita Degli Studi Dell’Aquila (Italy)
• Chimikotechnologitchen I Metalurgitchen Universitet (Bulgary)
• Shota Rustaveli State University (Georgia)
• Akaki Tsereteli State University (Georgia)
• Ilia State University (Georgia)
• Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (Georgia)
• National University of Mongolia (Mongolia)
• Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports (Mongolia)
• Samarkand Agricultural Institute (Uzbekistan)
• Andijon Qishloq Hujaligi Instituti (Uzbekistan)
• Ministry for Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan)
• Termiz Daviant Universiteti (Uzbekistan)
• Khujand State University Named After Academician B. Gafurov (Tajikistan)
• Technological University of Tajikistan (Tajikistan)
• Tajik State University of Commerce (Tajikistan)
• Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan (Tajikistan)
• Kulob State University Named after Abuabdulloh Rudaki (Tajikistan)
• Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University (Kazakhstan)
• Kazakh National Agrarian University (Kazakhstan)
• Shokan Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University (Kazakhstan)
• Ministry of Education and Science (Kazakhstan)
• Innovative University of Eurasia (Kazakhstan)
• Kyrgyz National University Named after Jusup Balasagyn (Kyrgyzstan)
• Osh State University (Kyrgyzstan)
• Institution of Higher Education Kyrgyz National Agrarian University Named after K. I. Skryabin (Kyrgyzstan)
• Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic
• The Bonch-Bruevich Saint Petersburguniversity of Telecommunications (Russian Federation)
• Siberian State University of Telecommunications and Information Science (Russian Federation)
• Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Russian Federation)
• Qafqaz Univerzity (Azerbaijan)
• Khazar University (Azerbaijan)
• Ministry of Education of the Azerbaijan Republic (Azerbaijan)
• Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation (United Kingdom)
• Szegedi Tudomanyegyetem (Hungary)
• Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy We Wroclawiu (Poland)
• Mongolian University of Science and Technology (Mongolia)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Universita Degli Studi Dell’Aquila, Italy (project coordinator)
Beneficiary L’Aquila University, Italy

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

In the last years, the EHEA became a reference point for policy dialogue between the EU and several regions of the world on higher education and its key role for employability of graduates. The growing global dimension of education, needs further actions for the enhancement of exchanges between the EHEA and other parts of the world, sharing goals and principles, as the transparent recognition of studies and qualifications. Within the EHEA, the implementation of ECTS (as credit accumulation and transfer), the fundamental shift from a teacher-centred to a learner-centred approach (SCL) and the use of learning outcomes and workload in curriculum design and delivery, as result of a long process and experimentation, increased the transparency and readability of the educational process and facilitated the recognition of mobility from institution to institution and from country to country as well as successful learning mobility between institutions of EHEA for short-term study periods (“credit mobility”).

The project intends to harmonise the credit allocation and grading system in 5 study areas jointly developed in previous projects in 23 institutions from 8 countries belonging to 4 different regions, besides EU, providing a reliable scheme for credit and grades transfer, and is based on previous experiences of the partnership in TEMPUS Programme in CA, Caucasus, Russia and Asia and EMA2 projects in the same regions, and on the new ECTS Guide and pilot project EGRACONS.

Project Objectives
  • To share the knowledge of the credit system used in each partner country, to analyze the actual meaning “credit” in each partner institution and to develop common language for the definition of “Learning Outcome” and “Workload”.
  • To share information on if and how the ECTS are applied and used in the partner countries.
  • To enhance the human resource capacity in planning, delivering and evaluating degree courses through specific 1 week retraining of 111 staff in Europe.
  • To implement concrete pilot examples in some degree courses developed in the framework of previous joint projects.
  • To analyze the grade system in each country and in each Partner institutions and provide a concrete comparison in the selected degree courses.
  • To collect data on credits recognition and grade transfer within the project in 4 regions.
  • To provide a table with percentage of students’ performances in the last 3 years in at least 5 fields of study among the pilot courses.
  • To establish a Quality Plan for the assessment of activities and results of the project and conduct periodical evaluations.
  • To establish follow up actions in cooperation with EU universities by signing bilateral agreements in view of “Credit Mobility” program calls and inter-institutional cooperation.
  • To establish and apply appropriate dissemination strategies and tools of results, actions and documents to staff of other regional universities, to local authorities and to Ministries of Education, throughout the whole project.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Examination, certification and accreditation, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

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Activities

YEAR 1:

In the first year the planned activities aim to provide a deep knowledge of credit and grade systems in the countries and specifically in the institutions. WP1, M1-M8, leaded by UCTM, consists of:

1.1. Share of information on the 8 different Framework of Qualifications, on the existing credit system, and on level of application of ECTS system;

1.2. Knowledge of recognition methodology used in each PC institution within existing EMA2 projects.

On the base of a survey report agreed in M8, the consortium will prepare a detailed Plan for enhancing staff and teachers’ competence on the meaning of workload, learning outcomes and competences. WP2, M8-M10, leaded by MDX, foresees the following:

2.1. Selection of 5 staff in each PC university and preparation of teaching materials;

2.2. Organization of 1-week training in EU for 5 staff pilot group from each target HEI.

Training programme and staff selection criteria will be agreed by M8. 111 staff will spend 1 week training period in EU, by M10.

 

YEAR 2:

On the base of the competence acquired in EU, the trained staff will train other staff in their institution in order to establish a competent Local Team able to adapt to the their own context materials and methods and to develop an Action Plan for the implementation of pilot actions. These Local Teams are intended as permanent, that is able to conduct needs analysis periodically and adapt/renovate recognition methods, tools and aims. WP3, leaded by the regional coordinators, consists of:

3.1. Local Training Seminars conducted by staff trained in EU addressed to staff, teachers and students;

3.2. Constitution of competent team and preparationof a draft for the comparative scheme of credits and grades.

Once the Partners have acquired a common language and understanding of the credit and grade systems applied in the institutions (and countries), the pilot phase starts and is spread over two years. WP4, M13-M34, leaded by USZ, for the second year of project life consists of:

4.1. Identification of 5 fields of study (ISCED), description of profiles, specification of general and specific LOs, learning units definition;

4.2. Allocation of ECTS to each Module.

 

YEAR 3:

Once the 5 pilot degree courses have been described with the same language, the distribution of grades in those degrees is analysed. WP4, in the third year, consists of:

4.4. Data collection of Students’ performances for these modules in the last 3 years;

4.5. Development of a synoptic scheme of grade systems and Manual for the correct transfer of grades between the involved institutions.

The documents will be officially agreed during two Regional Meetings (M18 and M32) and practical examples of credit and grade recognition in ongoing EMA2 and “Credit Mobility” projects are provided.

A continuous evaluation of the activities and outputs are made by partners and by an external expert , within WP5, leaded by WUELS which provides the Plan and tools for Monitoring and Quality Assessment

procedures. All partners contribute to the periodical evaluation reports.  

Project Results
  • Mutual understanding on the 8 different Framework of Qualifications, on the existing credit system, and on level of application of ECTS system developed.
  • 111 staff pilot group in EU from PC HEIs for knowledge, skills and competence enhancement in recognition methods, Learning Outcome approach, ECTS allocation and student mobility support trained.
  • ECTS to each Module of 5 degrees courses allocated and Students’ performances for these modules in the last 3 years expressed in percentage of grades obtained analyzed.
  • Synoptic scheme of grade systems and Manual for the correct transfer of grades developed.

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