Today marks the end of the project and on behalf of OVGU we would like to thank all the project partners, the wonderful hosts, the smart and inquisitive students and all the inspiring scientists for the successful collaboration. We are looking forward to the next projects!
August 22th - August 26th 2022
The week also included awards to “Green Change Makers” and outstanding students who had completed courses developed under this project, and a visit to the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), which is researching and developing impressive innovative technologies for a greener future.
June 6th – June 9 2022
After more than two years of seeing each other only though screens, the EGEA project team finally came together in Kyrgyzstan.
After a day of hard work, our colleagues proofed the Kyrgyz people’s excellent hospitality: Our group visited the mountains of Karakol and were invited for dinner in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt, accompanied by traditional live music and the colleagues’ good vibes.
Because of the long journey of the partners from India, Nepal and Europe, we decided to combine multiple occasions and visited all three partner universities in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Economic University), Tokmok (International University of Central Asia) and Karakol (IIssyk-Kul State University named after K. Tynystanov). Within the project, more than 15 courses were developed, all in a sense of a sustainable development and greener economy. To enhance these study offers, each University opened up a green lab with workspaces and a small library, which offers essential books on social, economic and ecologic sustainability in Russian and English. After visiting all three Kyrgyz Green Labs we got ready for some professional input and debates, as our hosting University in Karakol had organized an international conference on regional aspects of a green economy: realities and prospects, which the university’s rector and the EGEA project coordinator opened.
On the third day we took our time to analyze the project’s development and outcomes so far as we looked at every partner’s strategy to further implement and permanently integrate the project’s courses. We have planned two more face to face meetings of which one is the project’s final conference that will mark the last milestone. Once again, the value of personal contact, informal exchange and face-to-face discussions was proven as everyone went back home with confidence and concrete plans what to do next.
Adapting to Change
As any individual, company, education institution and project consortium, we had to make a few changes within our schedules due to the situation around COVID-19. Due to the pandemic we had to change certain ways of working within our project as well as adapting our project outcomes. Our last face to face meeting took place in January 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. Since then we have been meeting online on a regular basis and within our different task forces.
Furthermore, we have decided to develop all modules and courses as online / distance learning courses.
Next to many meetings and individual module trainings, we conducted a whole workshop and training week online from June 2nd – June 5th, which was supposed to be held in Magdeburg, Germany. Here the practice module “on top” of all other developed modules was presented. Topic and theoretical frame of the week was “Green Economy in Practice”. The German partners were flexible enough to change their methodological approach of the training and aquired guest speaker for input sessions online into a virtual workshop for all Asian partners.
Following you can find some impressions of our workshop week:
June 2nd – June 5th 2020
One of our first most important workshops conducted online: How to integrate practical experiences into a higher education module?
Our partner institutions have learnt how to develop a practice module, how to include apprenticeship-like elements into higher education and how a country’s Green Economy can profit from such measures.