Introduction to the Global Minds Program of VLHORA by Charlotte Christiaens ( VLHORA, Belgium) and Kurt Debaere ( Howest, Belgium
Parallel session 1:
Tekst; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education is very relevant for East-African countries, where producing added value is a way of improving life standard in these developing countries. Moreover there is a high demand for technicians from investors, NGOs and the emerging mid-class in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania, supported by legislative attempts to increase local employment. To cope with this demand, there is a need for skilled people, trained in relevant engineering trades, but they are hard to find, due to the strong theoretical approach in universities instead of practice-oriented competence-based teaching.
The ACTEA project aims to analyze the needs in engineering, deliver course material in 2 engineering trades: Computer Aided Manufacturing Technology and Electrical Engineering & Automation, establish technologic laboratories, with remote and virtual accessibility to increase its learning impact and give teachers a specialized training.
This presentation will highlight the reasons and ambitions behind the project, why a technology department chooses to work with African universities. And this new funding possibility for projects within the APC region (Africa Pacific and Caribbean) in the Erasmus+ program is discussed.
Universities of Applied Sciences often start an international cooperation with the exchange of students for traineeships abroad. The guidance of those students usually leads to a better interaction between the teams at the different institutions of higher education. It creates a much needed base for any project cooperation. Students are also instrumental in identifying possible areas of practice-oriented research. The ‘international and digital midwifery workplace learning network: the first step is a project sponsored by VLIR-UOS and in cooperation with the University of Rwanda. This session will share the project plan, demonstrate the E-workplace learning portfolio, discuss the modes of cooperation with the partner and present first results.
The International Summer School Sustainable Management offers an innovative way to develop sustainability competencies. Developed from a practice-oriented research project, the summer school combines community and problem-based learning activities, both on formal, informal and non-formal levels. International participants and coaches from universities, companies and ngo’s work together in multi-disciplinary teams, to focus on real-life sustainable business cases formulated by sme’s. Lessons learned from the collaboration with international partners in Portugal, Columbia and Mexico is e.g. the importance of the viewpoint and motive in addressing sustainable business cases, ranging from ethical motives in Western-Europe to life threatening necessities in the South.
This interdisciplinary research project in cooperation with the Mountains of the Moon University (Uganda) tackles hurdles and challenges of youngsters in school with HIV/AIDS. The project partners employ a community-centred and participatory approach. This is the first step in the construction of a sustainable and interdisciplinary partnership of researchers, students, professionals who will aid school communities in their support of vulnerable children and young people.
Writing shared project proposals across (scientific) cultures can often be quite a challenge. Ownership is crucial to the success of such enterprise. Hurdles are not only the difficulty of communication but also the shared understanding of the demands of the funding agency. In this case, the call for VLIR-UOS proposals early in 2018 was used to experiment in the process of project writing. Using XREI travel grants, a team of UCLL researchers did travel to the University of Rwanda where they joined a local group of peers. Under the guidance of a project consultant, the teams jointly schooled themselves in project writing and came up with a significant number of well-crafter project proposals.
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