Trans-Regional Environmental Awareness for Sustainable Usage of Water Resources (TREASURE-WATER)

Project Overview

Project Title Trans-Regional Environmental Awareness for Sustainable Usage of Water Resources (TREASURE-WATER)
Project Number 561775-EPP-1-2015-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2015–October 14, 2019
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 996.522
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Albert-Ludwigs-Universtiät Freiburg (Germany) - project coordinator
• Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon (Greece)
• Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (Netherlands)
• LLC Tyumen Vodokanal (Russian Federation)
• Federal State Funded Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education Altai State University (Russian Federation)
• State Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education Tomsk State University (Russian Federation)
• Yugra State University (Russian Federation)
• Sarsen Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University (Kazakhstan)
• L. N: Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan)
• Institute for Water and Environmental Problems, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian Federation)
• Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (Greece)
• Federal State Budgetary Education Institution of Higher Professional Education Tyumen State University (Russian Federation)
• University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom)
• Zweckverband Bodensee-Wasserversorgung (Germany)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski, project coordinator, University of Freiburg, ++49 761 203-6969,
Beneficiary Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg on behalf of national governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The project, aiming at strengthening cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan, addresses one of their common regional priorities – ‘Development of partnerships with enterprises’ which is on the lists of national priorities for both countries. The project is also consolidated by the shared environmental theme – a cross-cutting topic in the national and regional priorities for RU and KZ. The consortium includes 11 academic and 3 non-academic partners (2 enterprises and a research institute). It integrates both, experienced and new partners in EU projects.The wider objective is to contribute to empower universities in RU and KZ by enhancing synergy between higher education and enterprises in the field of Trans-Boundary Water Resources Management (TWRM).

Project Objectives
  • To develop a trans-institutional model for interaction between HEIs and enterprises in the field of TWRM.
  • To enhance teaching capacities of the PC HEIs.
  • To empower enterprises in the Water Sector in the PCs by developing support tools and staff training.
  • To raise awareness of water problems.
  • To create potential for internationalization.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Construction and Geodesy
Target Groups Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
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Implementation of the project activities is organized according to work packages (WP):

WP 1. Preparatory measures for the start-up of the project:
1.1 Legal framework of the consortium
1.2.The kick-off of the project
1.3.Formation of  the Inter¬disciplinary Working Groups (IWG)


WP 2. Design of methodology for TWRM and IALP:
2.1. A knowledge pool for TWRM created
2.2.Methodology for TWRM developed
2.3.Strategy for interaction with industry designed


WP 3. Industry-Academia Teaching Task Force’ (IATTF) created:
3.1.Academic staff from the PC universities and industry trained
3.2.Teaching environment at PC institutions modernised


WP 4. The curricula and courses in TWRM for training of industry partners designed:
4.1.The syllabi and course plans agreed and confirmed
4.2. ECTS based courses developed/ modernized
4.3.A digital library of course materials created


WP 5. An e-learning interactive capacity developed:
5.1.The e-learning platform designed and installed
5.2. User manuals prepared
5.3. The academic content developed


WP 6. Implementation of the training courses on TWRM:
6.1.Training courses for industry partners in operation
6.2.The TWRM modules integrated into post-graduate curricula at PC


WP 7. Efficient Quality control and monitoring of the project


WP 8. Successful dissemination is achieved:
8.1. Wide dissemination of the project results
8.2. The developed courses probated at an international conference  at TyuSU


WP 9. Efficient Management of the project

Project Results
  • A strategy for building ‘Industry–Academia Learning Partnerships’ and a methodology for TWRM developed.
  • An ‘Industry-Academia Teaching Task Force’ created and trained, the teaching environment at PC universities modernized.
  • New curricula and ECTS based courses in TWRM designed in cooperation with the industry.
  • An e-learning platform designed and installed.
  • New modules in TWRM for industry in operation on a LLL basis and integrated into the curricula at PC universities.
  • Supported by a digital library of course materials.
  • A Quality Plan for all project activities fulfilled.
  • Wide dissemination achieved, including creating a water problems awareness in the society at large.
  • Efficient management of the project implemented.

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