Piloting project of ERASMUS+ «PILOTING ECVET TO THE NATIONAL SYSTEM OF RUSSIA AND UZBEKISTAN»
In 2003, the Russian Federation officially joined the Bologna process, aimed at creating a single European education space.
The European Commission also implements measures to promote international cooperation in the field of vocational education and training with countries outside the European Union.
Among such projects is the Erasmus + Program, aimed at developing international cooperation between universities in the field of vocational education and training and sports for the period up to 2020.
As part of this program, in 2016 Tver State University became a member of the project “Piloting ECVET to the National system of Russia and Uzbekistan” as part of a consortium of educational institutions:
- University of Nicosia (a member of EDEX-Educational Excellence Corporation Limited) (UNIC);
- Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST);
- Liepajas University (LIEPU);
- Nukus State Pedagogical Institute named after Ajiniyaz (NukSPI);
- Navoi State Pedagogical Institute (NSPI);
- Kokand State Pedagogical Institute (KSPI);
- Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University (RSVPU);
- Tver State University (TSU);
- Voronezh State University (VSU);
- Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK);
- Novosibirsk College of Chemical Technologies named after D.I. Mendeleev (NCTC).
The overall aim of the project is to create a long-term platform for piloting ECVET in the national HE and VET systems of the two Partner Countries (Russia and Uzbekistan), in order to promote and facilitate compatibility, comparability and complementarity of VET qualifications both horizontally (within VET) and vertically (from VET to HE) at national and transnational level.
- initial transfer of ECVET technical base to consortium partners
- development of a Guide for the implementation of ECVET in the framework of the project
- the creation of an electronic textbook for coordinators of vocational education and training in Russia and Uzbekistan with the aim of developing ECVET in these countries
The communication style of the project participants is based on the principles of openness, transparency and equal participation. Throughout the project, seven transnational coordination meetings are planned in conjunction with technical workshops.
Transnational project meetings and seminars will serve the following purposes:
- ensure effective interaction of project participants at all levels (administrative, technical, etc.);
- serve as a platform for understanding the ECVET tool and sharing information between partners;
- create a powerful transnational network between vocational education providers in order to ensure the mobility of students.
In addition to transnational meetings, Skype consultations are organized and held between meetings of the consortium. Virtual meetings are chaired by the project coordinators - the University of Nicosia and the Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University (RSPPU).
Between the indicated transnational meetings, the interaction of participants is carried out through various communication channels, namely: email, skype meetings, online project of the workspace, etc. Such forms of interaction open up opportunities for direct and flexible connections.
The key result of the project is to develop a coordinated process for approving and transferring credit and is the culmination of the development of project activities that ensure the sustainability of project results at the national level.
This key result consists of two sub-results:
- Opening of four national ECVET training centers: two centers will be created in Russia and two in Uzbekistan. These centers are designed to create another level of interaction and cooperation between partners at the regional / national level.
In Russia, ECVET national training centers will be opened under the chairmanship of the Russian State Pedagogical University for the Urals and Siberia and under the chairmanship of Tver State University for the central zone of Russia.
Each center will have dedicated and fully equipped premises for vocational training, for conducting ECVET training.
These training centers will promote the principles and methods of ECVET, carry out the dissemination of information, conduct training seminars, workshops and generally serve the implementation of ECVET ideas in domestic vocational education and training. Training centers are national contact points for reporting on the results of the implementation of ECVET in national vocational education and training systems. The centers will remain fully operational for at least three years after the end of the project to continue the implementation of the main goals and objectives of the RUECVET initiative. Information on the work of ECVET training centers should be presented on the project website to provide access to electronic databases of project results, as well as contain the characteristics of the transnational RUECVET expert list / network.
At the initial stage of the functioning of the training centers, it is planned to develop and introduce the main set of teaching aids for the practical implementation of ECVET in the project partner countries. The existing / recommended methodology, tools and practices based on successful ECVET initiatives will build on it. In particular, the successful VET - system (vocational education system) implemented in Malta will be used as the main source for the transmitted material.
- Creation of a network of national training centers RUECVET in order to promote the results of the project in 30 partner countries.
Specific actions that relate to the activities in the field of sustainable development of the project will be considered during its implementation and will end with the development of a specific sustainable development plan, which will be agreed and signed by all partners.
Potential areas of sustainable development include the creation of training centers and detailed information on the progress of the project through the project website. Responsibility for targeted dissemination of information and raising awareness at the national level will rest with all national partners. In addition, program countries should be responsible for disseminating relevant information, both at the national level and in Europe as a whole, through European Union forums. The main participation and consultation of key partners with national stakeholders is expected to be used accordingly. Particular attention will be paid to creating the necessary project links with other relevant EU national systems (ECVET team, ECVET national experts, etc.).
The participation of Tver State University in this project will affect both the development of the university and its increasing role in the socio-economic space of the region as a whole.
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