Despite the difficulties experienced by offline international communications due to the pandemic of 2020, NArFU project teams have not suspended their plan to apply international programmes as a way to gain resources for their academic and research tasks. Notably, in the first six months alone, the university has figured in 16 project applications filled with the EU programmes (EU-Russia Kolarctic, NEFCO Programme for Environment and Climate Cooperation, Nordic Council of Ministers, Erasmus + Program, among others) with a total NArFU’s budget over 50 million rubles.
On August 1, Erasmus + / Capacity Building in Higher Education programme announced its results. Of 1,005 applications received, only 164 gained funding, including 12 projects with the Russian participation, of which three are partnered by NArFU.
“Erasmus + / Capacity Building in Higher Education supports the projects that aim to enhance internationalization processes at higher education schools by using capacity building and vibrant cooperation with the global community as vehicles of training systems harmonization, exchange of advanced training technologies, process digitalization, elaboration of joint-degree programs, and by expanding employer and NGO cooperation networks,” comments NArFU Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, Konstantin Zaikov.
Among the projects with approved funding is Capacity Building in Sustainability for Architectural Heritage. Bringing together ten universities and organizations based in Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Greece, Armenia and Iran, this project is designed to upgrade degree programmes in the field of architectural heritage management and involves, on NArFU’s side, the Higher School of Engineering, the Higher School of Energy, Oil and Gas, NArFU International Cooperation Department and Academic Development Department. The project team is tasked with the development of a set of interdisciplinary, architecture-related modules, which are seen as contributing to better awareness and resilience for the environmental and economic challenges of our time.
Another project, Future Oriented Chemistry, deals with prospects of and awareness, among various groups of population, about renewable chemical technologies and climate change effects. Its team is represented by a consortium of universities in Italy, Austria, Portugal, Vietnam, Russia and is led by Sweden-based Linköping University. The project seeks to launch an interdisciplinary master's program and a set of further education programmes with wide public access. On NArFU’s side, Future Oriented Chemistry will be contributed by the faculty of Higher School of Natural Sciences and Technologies.
Worthy of mentioning is also Living Laboratory in Climate Change, which is about experience transfer from the leading universities of Sweden and Finland and capacity building in partner countries’ schools (Russian and South African) – with regard to advanced IT applications in the context of climate change. Also, this project has among its tasks the development of a supplementary MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things and machine learning.
“We would like to note NArFU’s previous experience in the Erasmus-funded projects, which were a success. Those projects had as their deliverables English-language master's programs and online courses of international standard. They have led to wider geography of mobility opportunities and to new partnerships. We are looking forward to continue the cooperation, and we see these upcoming projects as a significant intellectual and financial resource for increasing NArFU’s competitive edge as a higher education provider on the markets we hope we’ll be able to break into. We lay a lot of hope on the UNESCO Chair “Technologies for Preservation of the Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Arctic Region Countries”, hosted by NArFU Higher School of Engineering, the initiatives that will arise from our cooperation with Vietnam National University of Forestry, and English-language programmes in IT,” - said Lyubov Zarubina, head of NArFU Department of International Cooperation.
We wish the project teams every success with their tasks.
Department of International Cooperation