10. May 2016

TREASURE WATER Consortium

Our consortium of 14 institutions from four EU and two partner countries collaborate in order to find answers to the question what various nations can do to manage shared natural resources sustainably. Entitled "Trans-regional environmental awareness for sustainable usage of water resources" – in short TREASURE-WATER – the project aims to strengthen the cooperation between the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan. Both countries share the watershed of the Ob River and have similar national and regional priorities in the fields of higher education and environment. Both also want to develop partnerships with enterprises. The consortium therefore will contribute to empower universities in the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan by enhancing synergy between higher education and enterprises in the field of trans-boundary water resources management.

The project is co-ordinated by Professor Ralf Reski from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.

The 14 partners of the consortium derive from four EU and two partner countries. They collaborate to create new curricula for universities in the Russian Federation and in Kazakhstan. Both countries share one of the longest borders in the world that requires close cooperation in trans-boundary management of common water resources. Both countries share the watershed of the Ob River and have similar national and regional priorities in the fields of higher education and environment. Both also want to develop partnerships with enterprises.

Objectives

Aim of this project is to intensify mobility and exchange between European universities and those in EU neighbouring countries, to internationalise the education of students and to develop new curricula following best practice principles. Graduates will benefit from improved professional qualifications.
To empower universities in the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan by enhancing synergy between higher education and enterprises in the field of trans-boundary water resources management the following specific objectives are envisaged:

  • To develop a trans-institutional model for interaction between higher educational institutions and enterprises in the field of trans-boundary water resource management
  • To enhance teaching capacities of higher educational institutions by developing support tools and staff training
  • To raise awareness of water problems
  • To create potential for internationalization

As a result of the project the following outcomes/outputs will be achieved:

  • a strategy for building ‘industry-academia learning partnerships’ and a methodology for trans-boundary water resource management developed;
  • an ‘industry-academia teaching task force’ created and trained, the teaching environment at partner country universities modernized;
  • new curricula and European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System  based courses in boundary water resource management designed in cooperation with the industry;
  • an e-learning platform designed and installed;
  • new modules in boundary water resource management for industry in operation on a life long learning basis and integrated into the curricula at partner country 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.

Partners

The TREASURE-WATER consortium consists of 14 partners, including eleven academic and three non-academic partners with Universities in Germany (Freiburg), England (Wolverhampton), Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki), and the Netherlands (Nijmegen). Of the EU partner countries, five Russian universities are participating from Siberia (1 in Tyumen, 2 in Barnaul, 1 in Tomsk, 1 in Khanty Mansiysk) as well as two universities from Kazakhstan (Ust-Kamenogorsk, Astana). Large-scale water suppliers, the German "Zweckverband Bodensee" and the Russian "Tyumen Vodokanal", also support the project. The project is co-ordinated by Professor Ralf Reski from the University of Freiburg.

Background and History

The TREASURE-WATER proposal was praised by the international reviewers among other things, because the University of Freiburg had already managed a consortium, also co-ordinated by Professor Reski, with the title "Qualifications Framework for Ecology and Environmental Management (QualFEEM)". In this completed EU TEMPUS Programme, the partners collaborated to modernise higher education in the partner countries.

Funding

The consortium has been grated almost one million Euros by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union under the number 561775-EPP-1-2015-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

Duration

The project started in October 2015 and will finish in October 2018.