Between 27 and 31 March, a new project RUECVET – “Piloting ECVET to the national VET system of Russia and Uzbekistan” was launched at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus). The project was supported by the European Commission in 2016 and is a part of the Erasmus+ programme “Сapacity building in Higher Education”.
The consortium for the project includes representatives of eleven universities in five countries - Liepaja University (Latvia), the University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, including several Russian universities – Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University (Ekaterinburg), Tver State University, Voronezh State University, D.I. Mendeleev Novosibisrk chemical-technological college, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography – and three Uzbekistan universities – Nukus State Teachers' Training Institute, Navoi State Pedagogical Institute, and Kokand State Pedagogical Institute.
The project aims to pilot the implementation of the European Credit Transfer System for VET in the national HE&VET system of Russia and Uzbekistan by creating a long-term platform of collaboration between leading HEIs. The piloting of ECVET will contribute to the development and improvement of education process, allow for greater compatibility of national academic programmes in the international market of education services, and ensure that vocational education is popular and meets the requirements of the labour market.
Maria Kurolap, a lecturer at the Department of Economics and Management in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacognosy of the Faculty of Pharmaceutics, and Irina Bakalova, a specialist of the International Projects and Programmes Office of the International Cooperation Department, attended the workshop and the coordination meeting on behalf of Voronezh State University.
During the first meeting the representatives of various universities compared national education systems and various approaches to the education process adopted by universities taking part in the project. The European partners presented the results of their own approach to the education process based on the European credit system. There were also a number of workshops aimed at developing skills relating to the design of education processes. In particular, teachers and lecturers of various Russian and Uzbekistan universities took part in a master class on the development of learning outcomes for students of certain modules and the formation of knowledge, skills, and competencies required for effective learning. The coordination meeting also adopted a detailed plan for the implementation of the project’s objectives.
Certain elements of the design for education processes design are to be adjusted and implemented within several academic programmes. Voronezh State University is going to launch education modules within the framework of the ECVET project at the following academic programmes for secondary vocational education – “Pharmacy”, “Tourism”, and "Advertising".
There were over 736 applications for the grant of Erasmus+ programme “Сapacity building in Higher Education” in 2016. 147 applications were granted support. 16 of these projects were submitted by Russian universities, including two projects by Voronezh State University – Internalisation of Electronic Engineering Master’s Programmes in Russia and China (INSPIRE) and Introduction of ECTS in Professional Education in Russia and Uzbekistan (RUECVET).