1. Project name: Applied training programs in space exploration and intelligent robotic systems / APPLE.
2. Dates and duration:: 36 months.
3. Implementing (parent) organization: Berlin Technical University TUB (Germany).
4. Recipients of international technical assistance:
- Belarusian State University,
- Belarusian National Technical University,
- Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics,
- UE "Geoinformation systems",
- Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.
- Foreign partners:
- Technical University of Berlin TUB (Germany) - organizer,
- University of Pierre and Marie Curie (France),
- Thomas More College (Belgium),
- Riga Technical University (Latvia),
- Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia),
- ECM Space Technology GmbH (Germany),
- Kazakh National University Al-Farabi (Kazakhstan),
- Almaty University of Energy and Communications (Kazakhstan),
- Eurasian National University named after L. N. Gumilyov (Kazakhstan),
- Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education "Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin" (Russian Federation),
- Kazakh National Technical University named after K. I. Satpayev (Kazakhstan),
- Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education "Siberian Federal University" (Russian Federation),
- Peter the Great Polytechnic University of St. Petersburg (Russian Federation),
- Southwest State University (Russian Federation),
- Joint Stock Company “National Center for Space Research and Technology” (Kazakhstan),
- Aerospace Committee of the Ministry of Investment and Development (Kazakhstan),
- Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan),
- Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Russian Federation),
- GLAVKOSMOS OJSC (Russian Federation),
- Scientific and Production Center "Small Spacecraft" (Russian Federation).
5. Donor of international technical assistance:European Union, Erasmus + Program.
6. Project objectives: To adapt, modernize and restructure existing curricula for space exploration and intelligent robotic systems; develop new certified courses, test the updated curriculum and disseminate the results.
- Analyze educational needs in the intended area and consider current curricula;
- Update current programs and curricula according to the latest achievements in the intended area by the end of the second year of the project;
- To develop, implement and accredit a new practice-oriented base and transferred training programs and modules, including ECTS and an innovative academic environment in accordance with the b-learning methodology;;
- Bring universities of partner countries closer to the labor market.
8. Brief rationale: Current space / robotics education in partner countries is mainly based on old curricula and textbooks from the 1980s. This leads to simplification, discrepancy with real research and irrelevance with current technological and social problems. On the other hand, partner countries (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia) have vast experience in advanced research, which is not included in the curriculum, but can be useful for enriching the EU experience. Partners will develop a powerful brand that will guarantee competitiveness in attracting students, staff and international partners.
This project emphasizes the national and regional priority of physical science for all partner countries with the subject field “Applied Sciences and Technologies” through the development of training programs such as space technology / research / remote sensing. Industry ties make it possible to address APPLE the need for universities to improve the quality of education in connection with the national priorities of the target region.
The Government of Belarus adopted a resolution that was approved by the Council of Ministers (June 10, 2015). Resolution No. 483 is called the “Law on State Support of Scientific Activities” and ensures the implementation of youth projects in the field of space education, practice in space projects for students and graduates, the use of space information systems and technologies in related industries and the creation of attractiveness for workers in the space industry.
Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia promote industrial and educational cooperation in order to build successful strategic alliances and trade partnerships. This project aims to transfer knowledge between EU universities / universities of partner countries and institutions of partner countries in order to modernize university curricula in space exploration and robotic technology.
9. A short plan (strategy) of project activities:
- To analyze the needs of existing training programs in the intended area;
- Update existing training programs in the intended area, including ECTS;
- Prepare new curricula and modules, accept at the university and accredit at the national level;
- Develop, publish new courses, textbooks, curricula;
- Develop / update a collaborative web platform;
- Retrain teachers / mentors for a new curriculum;
- Conduct master classes on the new curriculum based on ROBOLAB and pilot operation of ROBOLAB;
- Teaching students on a new program / modules;
- Internal / external evaluation;
- Conferences / events for the dissemination of information;
- Full media coverage of project activities, including a collaborative web platform;
- Project administration and coordination;
- Participation / Attendance of Coordination Meetings.
10. Expected Results:
- Analysis / review / updating of current curricula in accordance with the latest developments in the intended area;
- Development of 14 new basic curricula and 7 transition modules, including the learning environment ROBOLAB (Space Robotics Laboratory - laboratory of space robotics); retraining of teachers according to the new program and methodology b - learning; master classes; training in pilot operation of ROBOLAB;
- Quality control;
- Spread of information; collaborative web platforms; Creation of TETRO (Technology Transfer Program Office) with the support of interested parties;
- Project management.
11. Contact person:
Sayekhnikov Vladimir Alekseevich - Head of the Department of Physics and Aerospace Technologies, Faculty of Radiophysics and Computer Technology, BSU,
Professor, Doctor Phys.-Math. sciences.
st. Kurchatova, 5,
220064, Minsk, Belarus
tel.: +375 17 2095833
fax: +375 17 2780417
12. Project website: http://apple.erasmus.plus
13. Project page on FacebookFacebook.
APPLE project Facebook page from Belarusian State University. .