Curriculum Development

In many countries that want to implement the Bologna structure in their educational systems a deep-level curricular reform is needed.Curricula need to be reformed on a structural and process level (modularization, interdisciplinary structures, flexibility), and educational values and intended outcomes in education need to be thoroughly thought through (lifelong learning skills, competence-orientation in a knowledge society, etc.). Our projects focus on the development of labor market relevant masters and PhDs, on filling the teaching and research gaps by inviting guest lecturers, and on the development of new courses and the modification of existing courses in line with the Bologna standards. WUS Austria emphasizes the following key factors in curriculum development: reform of existing or creation of new undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate study programs; introduction of ECTS and new learning and teaching methodologies; mobility of teachers and students as well as the full recognition of study periods spent at partner institutions abroad; use of modern information and communication technology; promotion of interdisciplinary studies; introduction of quality control mechanisms.


Example of Excellence for Joint (Degree) Programme Development in South Eastern Europe

The project „Example of Excellence for Joint (Degree) Programme Development in South Eastern Europe“ aims at transfering multi-lateral know-how in the development of curricula for joint or double degree programmes by developing and implementing four joint (degree) programmes in the Western Balkan region. The implementation process will be accompanied by activities ensuring sustainability and quality assurance of the joint programmes and providing for a best practise model in the Western Balkan region. The project is constructed as a multi-country project. According to the results of the problem analysis a common model of joint curriculum development will be of great importance for the universities in the Western Balkans on their way to the European Higher Education Area. This includes a concise implementation of the Bologna reforms including the learner-centered approach. Curriculum development includes on the one hand the scientific aspects of the specific thematic field. On the other hand there exist a number of administrative and academic aspects which have to be tackled in the development process.

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Course Development Program

The CDP Program supports the improvement of curricula, with the objective to facilitate the transition of higher education in SEE towards European standards. This program encourages the faculties to introduce new subjects, and to apply innovative approaches - in content and methodology - to already existing courses. Most universities in the region are reforming and adapting their curricula and teaching to the European standards and models. As this requires moving away from traditional courses towards a modern perspective in learning, teaching and research, it is of particular importance to address the needs for academic excellence and innovation of the teaching staff concerned. Additionally the Course Development Program places emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching, transnational cooperation and networking between academics.

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PATTERNS - TRAVELLING LECTURE SET 2008/2009: Writing Central European Art History

This series of lectures aims at bringing together and connecting eminent scholars in the fields of cultural history, art history and architecture to the universities in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Noteworthy research and methods will be brought to the universities and innovative approaches with regard to content and methodology will be applied to existing courses. The theme and list of participants has been compiled by Piotr Piotrowski (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan) in agreement with the culture program of the ERSTE Foundation and the PATTERNS Advisory Panel.

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PATTERNS is a transnational program initiated by ERSTE Foundation and implemented by WUS Austria.

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CCMLL - Center for Curricula Modernization and Lifelong Learning

The specific objective of this project
is establishing and developing of fully functional of the “Centers for Curricula Modernization and Lifelong Learning” at the BiH
universities as a support to the universities' development and
integration, and encouraging links between higher education and labor market.

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PhD in Food Science & Technology & Creating Capacities for PhD Reform at the University of Pristina/Kosovo

The Project aims at
supporting curricula reform and capacity building at the University of
Prishtina (UP) with active involvement of the Ministry of Education, the Kosovo
Accreditation Agency and Student Unions in Kosovo. It focuses on reforming PhD
curricula in line with the Bologna
process and European standards, thus supporting the integration of Kosovo into
the European Higher Education Area.

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SEEPALS - South East Europe Project for the Advancement of Language Studies

South Eastern EuropeProject for the Advancement of Language Studies

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REGENLAW - Development of Regional Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Energy and Environmental Studies

The wider objective is to enable Ukraine and Georgia to face the challenges of dealing with Energy and Environment policies in accordance with EU and international standards through capacity and institutional building measures.
To reach the wider objective of the project an interdisciplinary master and doctoral degree program on Energy and Environmental Law for Ukrainian and Georgian universities will be introduced.

Target master programme is intended for lawyers and non-lawyers to gain an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment and processes in the international energy and resources industries. It is suitable for those aspiring to be practicing lawyers, legal advisers, contract managers and negotiators in these industries.

Two consultancy bureaus on Energy Law to be established in Ukraine and Georgia provide a) Training of master and doctoral students of different PCU with developed Master program via FirstClass system; b) in-service training sessions and workshops “on demand” and c) consulting activities for the companies and individuals in the area of Energy Law management (consultant lawyer on project teams; contract analysis and advice; legal risk management).

By developing and introducing new Bologna-compliant interdisciplinary master and doctoral curricula, establishment and equipping consultancy bureaus on energy law, intensive capacity building mechanism the project will bring the following positive challenges in a short term:

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Teachers: Agents of change. A strategic approach to anchoring development education in Czech and in Polish formal education systems

This project aims at introducing courses in development education (DE) in the area of teacher education within selected universities in the Czech Republic and Poland and promotes them in a wider number of universities. In this way the pre-teachers that will participate in pilot courses at their universities will be able to share their knowledge and skills in DE during their lessons with pupils in schools. These experienced teachers, equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills necessary to teach successfully DE in schools, will educate next generations of citizens, voters and actors in development on all levels (as parents, scientists, teachers, activists, politicians, etc.). These pupils will be offered a chance to become aware of their impact on people from Southern countries and commit and support global poverty reduction by changing their behaviour in addressing the MDG agenda. The project thus ensures a crucial link between teacher training at universities and teaching DE in schools that can contribute to quality DE, embedded in the formal education system.


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DEVCORE - Development of Learning Outcomes Approach. A way to better comparability, recognition and employablility at the labour market

Change from the existing approach to higher education towards the concept based on the needed competencies of students makes it possible to continue higher education study programmes reform, with special emphasis on creating conditions that correspond with the goals for implementation of the National Qualifications Framework in Montenegro. Thus, specific objectives of the project should not only enable study programmes reform, but creation of a necessary tool for proper qualifications’ development, which is still underdeveloped, as well as to help build capacities of structures involved in the system of qualification development. The project will start from the level of institutional establishment approach toward the revision of curricula by further introduction of the learning outcomes concept, starting with chosen study programmes as pilot programmes. Next, it will encompass training of the professors and academic community as a whole, involving students as well as Ministry in the whole process. Once introduced as a concept, selected study programs will be revised and renewed against LO as well as the method for assessment of outcomes that will be also developed; restructured curricula with the desirable combination of learning outcomes will be the base for the definition of ECTS credits in compliance with the learning outcomes as well as for the evaluation of restructured curricula.  Finally, a web-based database of LO will be produced for all 3 universities. The project will result in a set of recommendations, work experience and good practice, as well as a LO database, for continuous  work on a variety of study programmes at the universities in Montenegro. 

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ONEHEALTH: Public health in the Western Balkans - improvement in the field of public health and development of a "one health" educational and scientific architecture in Western Balkan countries

The harmonization of the public health (PH) system to EU standards is
mandatory for the Western Balkan countries (BA and XK) in order to be
accepted as EU member state candidates. However, lack of knowledge,
efficient network and resources make this process slow and ineffective.
Our Project's aim is to build-up and/or improve the educational and
scientific PH architecture in the WB PC and to promote a "One Health"
approach as relatively new and modern a concept in addressing PH issues.

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MAIN: Mastering innovation in Serbia through development and implementation of interdisciplinary post-graduate curricula in innovation management

The general objective of the project is to foster Serbian innovative capacity by modernizing Serbian HE system and providing sustainable source of high-quality human resources. The project will achieve this by developing and realizing interdisciplinary postgraduate curricula in the field of innovation management based on best practice from existing EU study programs and according to the Bologna requirements at Serbian HE.
The specific objectives are:
1.To develop and implement interdisciplinary PhD program in innovation management as a joint degree of 4 Serbian universities,
2.To develop and implement interdisciplinary master program in innovation management as a joint degree of 4 Serbian universities,
3.To develop and implement certified innovation management courses for industry professionals to enable career development and increase employability.
These objectives should be achieved through synergetic partnership of 3 Serbian public and 1 private university, 1 college of applied sciences, 6 organizations representing key Serbian stakeholders, 4 well known EU universities and 2 non-academic EU partners with extensive experience in dealing with innovation and curriculum development. The principal outcomes will include defined structures, research and teaching contents of curricula for joint degree PhD and master programs in innovation management, their accreditation and realization, developed and implemented set of LLL courses for professionals, updated teachers’ and trainers’ skills, introduced interdisciplinary and practical oriented teaching approach, established laboratory and virtual learning environment, published new books, realized teachers and students mobilities, and established Serbian Innovation Management Council. These results will provide infrastructural resources necessary to secure project sustainability beyond its lifetime. Results and best practice will be actively diffused and exploited at national, regional and European level.

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CULTURWB - Strengthening Capacities for Tourism Changes in WB

CULTURWB project is an innovative initiative that points out to an obvious
necessity of the real-life situation pertaining to lack of skills and
competences in heritage and cultural tourism management in WBC. Since the year
2000, all of the WB countries have gone through various HE reforms through EU
funded projects, related to Quality Assurance, Qualification Frameworks, etc.,
but very few addressed the tourism sector and its development.

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