ConSus

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.
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Work Package 2: Development

This report, delivered by the Polis University (U_Polis), deals with the establishment of the ConSus network and the infrastructure installment.

 

You can download the full report here:ConSus_WP2_Report_Final

Teaching Resources Handbook

One of the key components of WP5 was the Teaching Resources Handbook, a product which was meant to showcase the work of authors. The TRs developed by authors in each institutions contributed towards the overall objective of the project, which was initiating and expanding the collaboration between science and society. There are 88 TRs developed by 8 institutions that have been included in the Teaching Resources Handbook. The handbook may be used by authors who whish to adapt the TRs into their curriculums. 

You can download the handbook here: Handbook_English

Work Package 5: Dissemination

This report, delivered by the Universum College Prishtina, deals with the dissemination acitivities during this project.

You can download the full report here:ConSus_WP5 Report_Final

Work Package 6: Sustainability of the project

This report, delivered by the Aleksander Moisiu University of Durres (UAMD), deals with the institutional and financial sustainability of the project as well as the teaching resource platform.

You can download the full report here: ConSus_WP6 Report_Final

Work Package 3: Development of teaching resources for HEIs

This report, delivered by the University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna (BOKU), deals with the development of teaching resources for higher education institutions.

You could download the full report here: ConSus_WP3 Report_final

MAPO about the recently established ConSus network

Albania’s and Kosovo’s first collaboration network between Science and Society for Sustainable Development.

This network is the product of a successful project with the same title, engaging several members from the academic field, civil society, business, practitioners etc. All stakeholders cooperate under this network in order to enchase and promote sustainable development in Albania and Kosovo.

The full article could be found here: http://www.mapo.al/2016/10/themelimi-i-rrjetit-consus-per-edukim-dhe-zhvillim-te-qendrueshem/1

End of the project and start of a new transdisciplinary network in Albania and Kosovo: The ConSus Final Conference

On 29 and 30 September 2016, the Final Conference of the ConSus project took place in Durres, Albania. After three years of intensive collaboration, all representatives of the partner institutions, as well as invited guests came together in order to present the project results, and the future activities of the newly established ConSus network.

After an introductory speech by the rector of the Aleksander Moisiu University of Durres, Kseanela Sotirofski, the project manager and director of the RCE Graz-Styria, Friedrich M. Zimmermann presented an overview of the ConSus project. With a budget of approximately 1 Million Euro, 13 partner institutions from Albania, Kosovo, Germany, Ireland and Austria committed to initiate cooperation between actors from universities and society, and aimed to integrate sustainability into higher education.

A panel discussion took place and was led by Audrey O’Grady (University of Limerick, Ireland). Friedrich M. Zimmermann pointed out the global aspects, and the need for education for sustainable development (ESD). He illustrated its relevance by sharing information about regional, national and international projects of the RCE Graz-Styria. Kalterina Shulla (RCE Middle Albania) pointed out the successful regional projects in Albania. Her organization is collaborating with schools, public institutions and companies in order to raise awareness to sustainability topics. Redi Myshketa (University of Durres) discussed his experiences of sustainability in higher education, and in particular those of the University of Durres.

At the end of the first day, the outcomes of the ConSus project were presented to the audience. The teaching resources and the handbook were introduced by Bardha Qirezi (Riinvest College Prishtina, Kosovo). Secondly, the digital platform www.consus-tempus.com was introduced by Richard Kromp (BOKU Vienna, Austria). On the platform, all the teaching resources are described fully and contain downloadable extras, including manuals and handouts. The next part of this session was the training participation award ceremony for all participants who took part in some of the six ConSus training sessions. Approximately 126 participants gained and exchanged knowledge about sustainability, innovative teaching methods and cooperation between higher education and society. Finally, the new ConSus network was introduced by its Chair Uran Rraci (Universum College Prishtina, Kosovo). Some partners from private and public institutions were invited to become members of this network and signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

The second day started with a speech by the Albanian Federal Minister for Innovation and Public Administration, Milena Harito, and the Deputy Mayor of Durres, Florian Tahiri. After that, seven authors presented and discussed their teaching resources with invited guests, which were displayed on posters. At the end of this conference, a panel discussion took place with Muhamet Mustafa (Riinvest College), Visar Azemi (Balkan Green Foundation, Kosovo), Alejtin Berisha (Universum College), and Nevila Xhindi (Luarasi University Tirana) on the relevance of cooperation between actors from higher education and society.

The ConSus network committed to foster sustainability topics and transdisciplinary collaboration in higher education in Albania and Kosovo for the next couple of years. This will mostly be done through workshops, training sessions, conferences and the development and application of teaching resources.

A special thanks to the representative of the hosting university, Belina Bedini (Aleksander Moisiu University of Durres), the coordinator of the ConSus project, Jonas Meyer (RCE Graz-Styria) and the Chair of the ConSus network, Uran Rraci (Universum College Prishtina, Kosovo) for their work in preparing the Final Conference.

Government of Albania supports ConSus Project

One of the speakers at the Final Conference, Ms. Milena Harito, Albanian Minister of Innovation and Public Administration, about the ConSus project on Twitter:

"With the students of University of Durres 'A.Moisiu' for the successful regional project on innovation and sustainability http://consus-tempus.com/"

Work Package 4: ConSus training program

This report, delivered by the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, deals with the ConSus training program.

You can download the full report here: ConSus_WP4 Report_Final

Aleksandër Moisiu University as a promoter of sustainable innovation

As we have been informed by Dr. Belina Bedini, lecturer at the Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës, since 2013, the UAMD is included as a partner institution for the Tempus Project “Connecting Science Society for Sustainable Innovation”. This project is financed by the European Commission and the consortium is composed by the University of Graz, that is the grand holder and coordinator, University of Limerick, University of Luneburg, BOKU University of Vienna and some other universities in Albania and Kosovo.

The main aim of this project is the connection and the collaboration between the higher education institutions, civil society, regional institutions and businesses to promote the sustainable innovation The project will realize such aim through two columns.

The first column is about establishing a network of science – society composed by universities and stakeholders.

The second column is connected with the innovation at the level of teaching and learning. The teaching process in the auditors with be integrated with some practical elements like projects, critical thinking, brainstorming ect., in order to make the students to be more involved with the sustainable development issues.  . In the framework of this project a team of lecturers of the Aleksandër Moisiu University have worked to develop some new materials and methodologies that involve different stakeholders. The students will be active in gathering facts and data, elaborating projects, solving problems for different stakeholders.

As Dr. Belina Bedini explained during the workshop, the door is open for all the stakeholders that would like to be part of the network. In such network there is not a hierarchy. Every member is part of the network because has the willingness to be part of it and in the same time would like to benefit from it.

The Chamber of Commerce that has continuously requested the collaboration with the university, would like to highlight the idea that maybe in the coming future we can establish a trilateral forum between the Municipality of Durrës, Chamber of Commerce and the Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës.

Teaching Method - Achilles' heel in Education

With the social and economic changes in Albania, the education has also evolved, imposing new development dynamics. To convey knowledge, it is not sufficient to be only knowledgeable in the respective field, but also to be equipped with pedagogical activities. Understanding requires a process of empathy, identification and projection. Therefore, it is ever more important to support modern teaching methodologies, where students are at the center of the learning process. For three days, the younger lecturers at the European University of Tirana have participated in a training with five basic modules that aimed at developing didactic techniques. The Head of Education Department, Dr. Tomo Treska, explained that the training called “Training on Teaching” has been an objective of UET for all the recently employed lecturers. Since in the past 12 months around 50 assistant lectures have been employed, the training has been seen as a great opportunity for them to become familiar with different methodologies of teaching. Teaching Methods developed as part of CONSUS Project have been at the center of this training, therefore, trainees were very enthusiast to learn about new and innovative ways of conduction a teaching session.

For more details please see the following article: http://www.mapo.al

5th ConSus Management Meeting in Prishtina, Kosovo

From May 11 th -13 th , 2016 the 5 th ConSus Management Meeting was held at the Universum College in Prishtina. It was the penultimate meeting of all project partners and was therefore of great importance for the finalization of the ConSus project. It will be finished in November this year. Beside of the general reflection so far and administrational topics, the dissemination of outcomes, activities, etc., the evaluation of the work packages and the sustainability plan were presented and discussed. An important event was the establishment of the ConSus network – all ConSus partners signed the memorandum of understanding and are thus members of the network’s steering committee. The first activity of this committee was the election of the chair and the secretariat. We congratulate Uran Rraci, Universum College to his commitment of being the chair of the ConSus network in thefollowing two years.

 

http://www.insajderi.com/kosova-dhe-shqiperia-themelojne-rrjetin-shkence-shoqeri-per-inovacion-te-qendrueshem/

6th Teaching Resource Workshop at Polis University

A CONSUS Teaching Resources Workshop was organized on 27 of April 2016 at Polis University with participants from Polis University, European University of Tirana, Agriculture University of Tirana, participants from NGO and students.  The presentation had a particular focus on the effective dissemination of the teaching resource platform; the use of developed teaching resources and; the increase of the science-society network with stakeholders who are interested and/or engaged in sustainability and science-society collaborations. The workshop was opened by Prof. Dr. Vezir Muharremaj, dean of Faculty for Research and Development, Polis University. Mr Muharremaj based on his long experience in teaching gave an accurate reflection of the need of using new teaching methods and the importance of cooperation between the science and society, as an important way of sharing experiences. Mrs. Dorina Papa, intervention was very interesting and the participants were informed that Polis University, has taken the commitment in the new academic year, to integrate teaching programs with CONSUS methods.

After Mrs. Egla Luca and Laura Pedata shared their experience with CONSUS Project and also both of lecturers, explained in detail their teaching resources.

In the framework of one of the main goals of CONSUS, Cooperation between science and society, the intervention of Mr. Silvi Jano form Co-Plan NGO was not only very interesting, but very practical and he gave examples of cooperation science-society-students.

Students also shared their opinion and gave assurance that CONSUS teaching methods used by their lecturers, were more useful and interesting in learning of teaching materials.

5th Teaching Resource Workshop at Universum College

On April 18th, 2016, Universum College organized a Teaching Workshop as part of the dissemination activities regarding the development of teaching resources by the academic staff. The event was organized with the intention of presenting the teaching resources along the innovative teaching methods which have been developed as part of the ConSus Project. Furthermore, the Teaching Workshop served as a great opportunity for stakeholders, who have been actively involved in the project, to share their experiences and give feedback on how the cooperation could be improved.

The Chief Executive of Universum College, Mr. Alejtin Berisha, opened the event by welcoming the participants and gave an inspiring speech about the importance of collaboration between science and society. Moreover, he encouraged the staff to continue developing new resources in order to provide a better learning experience for the students. The event continued with presentation of teaching resources by authors Uran Rraci and Yllka Hoxha.

After a brief description on teaching resource development took place, participants partook in a brainstorming event where they developed project proposal for new resources that could be used in the future. The event continued with a presentation from each group and an open discussion regarding future collaboration.

The even concluded with a brief from Resource Responsible, Uran Rraci, who encouraged the participants to further develop the resources and informed them on what are the procedures to incorporate the teaching resources in the Consus platform.

4th Teaching Resource Workshop at Agriculture University of Tirana

Agriculture University of Tirana (AUT) organized a ConSus Teaching Resources Workshop on 14th of April 2016. Participants in the workshop were representing institutions from academia and the society. Lecturers from AUT (existing TRs authors and potentials authors), lecturers from other partner Universities (Polis, UAMD and UET), as well as representatives from civil society. Students were also invited to the workshop and encouraged to share their experience in terms of TRs.

The Head of International Relation office in AUT, Arben Verçuni opened the workshop and welcomed all participants. In his presentation was emphasized the importance of the Consus project’s activities and outputs to the teaching process at the University. Following the agenda, Prof. Asoc. Dr. Endrit Kullaj and Prof. Asoc. Dr. Rozeta Hasalliu presented their teaching resources. They shared their experiences in the CONSUS project, the challenges of implementing the innovative methods as part of their curricula as well as their involvement in trainings.

Two representatives from civil society organizations, part of CONSUS Network, (RAF) Rigers Bakiu and (ECO-Environment Durres) Magdalena Cara were invited to share their experience on science-society cooperation. During their presentations they pointed out the importance of creating such networks and how the network can make a contribution to a sustainable development of our country. The representative of ECO-Environment Durres mentioned the degradation of our lands (especially agricultural lands) due to the extensive use of pesticides. She stressed the need for greater collaboration between universities and society, in order to use the pesticides in a sustainable way and create a better environment for the generations to come.

In another presentation Orjon Xhoxhi continued on the main idea of the ConSus Project, the deliverables as well as the up-to-date achievements. He focused on the innovative teaching materials developed by AUT lectures, the importance of including in our curricula society stakeholders as well as issues of sustainability and innovation. Following his presentation, Orjon started a discussion with the participants about the need to develop and implement interactive teaching methods. During this discussion, the participants shared their views and pointed out what method they liked the most. Also students took part in the discussion by highlighting the methods that they thought would change their way of learning.

A group work was then held in the second session of the workshop, according to the explanation provided from Orjon Xhoxhi.

3rd Teaching Resource Workshop at European University of Tirana (UET)

A ConSus Teaching Resources Workshop was organized at the European University of Tirana on 14th of April 2016. Participants in the workshop represented institutions from academia and society. Prof.Asoc.Dr Elvin Meka, Vice Rector for Teaching Processes in UET stated the importance of the Consus project’s activities and outputs to the teaching process at the University. Another presentation on the main idea of the ConSus Project, the deliverables as well as the up-to-date achievements was delivered by Ketrina Çabiri.

Dr. Besarta Vladi elaborated the importance of Education for Sustainable Development – ESD, the role of education and its importance. During the workshop UET lecturers: Erika Melonashi, Irena Myzeqari and Ina Zhupa presented three different teaching methods and challenges encountered.  A representative from a civil society organization, part of CONSUS Network, (IDM-Institute for Democracy and Meditation) was invited to share her experience on science-society cooperation.  During the workshop Alda Abazaj, student at UET explained the impact of teaching methods on the course she attended last semester in UET. Other participants raised issued concerning the importance of teaching methods and the way they should be implemented further by other professors which are not part of CONSUS project.  

2nd Teaching Resource Workshop at University of Peja "Haxhi Zeka"

On 13th April 2016 Teaching workshop was held at premises of University Haxhi Zeka in Peja as part of the Working package 5. There were invited 33 persons, 6 from society, 7 students and 20 lecturers from University and members of the consortium partners from Kosovo and QSKN.  We got 24 persons in the workshop.

According to the agenda the opening of the Workshop was done by Rector Fadil Millaku of the University Haxhi Zeka. The Rector welcomed the participants and promised to support the initiative for further development of the teaching resources. He also saluted the initiative for network establishment that will happen on May.

Two authors presented their teaching material to the workshop. First, Theranda Beqir presented the TR with tile “Implementation of labour law against discrimination”. Theranda explained how she intends to incorporate the TR into her curricula. The second, Vjosa Hajdari presented the TR with title “Eco Products”.  Vjosa explained how her TR can be incorporated in different courses that are held at UPHZ. Moreover, she explained how she think is best approach to  use her TR.

As part of stakeholder the Veton Mujaj, Director of NGO Syri Vizion, made a presentation on how his organization is working in Sustainable development projects. He described one project to audience, how they work on monitoring the democratic institutions. Moreover, the explained other project that is related to education, especially with professions regulated by law.

After the presentations, we have followed with World Café.  The team leaders where advised according to the instruction that Package leader has provided. The main think was how to incorporate new methods in lectures and new proposals for teaching resources. During this task the groups presented the new ideas. For example, the ideas that were introduced are:

  1. Teaching children environment sustainability
  2. Promotion in workplace for women
  3. Urban mobility for Peja city
  4. Touristic packages with sustainability approach
  5. Branding the local products

1st Teaching Resource Workshop at Riinvest College

A CONSUS Teaching Resources Workshop was organized on 4th of April 2016 at Riinvest College with participants from Riinvest College, participants from NGO and Businesses and students.  A special emphasize was given to the importance of Education for Sustainable Development (SD) and to increasing awareness for the changes needed in teaching and learning strategies to include SD. Three resources were presented by Riinvest teachers which can be found in the platform. Sustainability see the links, SD in the pharmaceutical Sector and Smart City Lighting through Programming. One resource was presented by INDEP and three additional resources were proposed to be developed in the future after participants explored the methods handbook to conceptualize future resources.

Teachers who tried these resources suggested that the teachers need to establish cooperation with stakeholders, assign evaluation elements to resources and divide a big resource in two several activities if they want the resource to be replicable by other teachers in different situations and from different countries. Stakeholders valued the cooperation and they are interested to contribute in the future. From the student perspective learning about SD confronted with the conception of the definition in business to refer to financial sustainability. The SD concept was well introduced with several activities and was supported by stakeholder cooperation through being able to listen to different lectures, being able to ask questions, integrating knowledge gained through integration in assignments and through participation in stakeholder programmes related to SD and through the student entrepreneurship club to apply for a sustainable business idea. Another benefit from the experience was to gain critical thinking skills, communication skills, and became aware on local and global SD issues.

In the second part of the workshop the Methods Handbook developed by the project partners was introduced through a methods activity developed by BOKU. Participants created mixed groups with teachers, stakeholders and students. Participants read short descriptions of methods (Fieldwork, Problem Based Learning (PBL), Environmental Calculators, The Canvas Model, Educational Games, Mental Maps, Scenario Analysis, Sustainability Bingo etc) and evaluated them according to purpose, group size, time needed and social setting. After they analyzed methods they worked on a resource idea which was presented to the plenum.

The 6th ConSus Training in Vienna focusses on environmental sustainability, climate change and the challenge of alternative energy production

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria, organized the sixth in the course of the ConSus training program on science-society collaborations. Again, participants from higher education institutions of Albania and Kosovo were engaged in the training.

The training was able to motivate all 20 trainees to attend the various lectures and excursions. The inputs of the first day gave an overall view on grand challenges with the focus on climate change, continued with a summary of the development of the sustainability strategy of the University BOKU, and finally introduced Gloria, a cooperation between BOKU and the Austrian Academy of Sciences that focuses on inter- and transdisciplinary mountain research.

The main message of the first day: In order to solve the problem of global warming, a change of habits is essential, not easy, but possible. We need to use our brains, and the change might be uncomfortable and displeasing.

During the training week, the trainees also visited the never-in-use nuclear power plant Zwentendorf, a wind park, a biogas plant, and an algae production farm. The final climate conference game was a funny and thoughtful finish for all. The good vibes of this training were an outcome of the presence of 20 highly motivated & responsive trainees. Here is the result of Austria: 12 points go to the trainees from Kosova and Albania!

The 5th ConSus Training on Creative and Transdisciplinary Methods

European university of Tirana, Tirana, Albania, organized the fifth  in the course of the ConSus training program on science-society collaborations. Participants from Albania and Kosovo engaged in the training on Creative and innovative methods from 25-28 January 2016.

During the days of this training, the participants from seven universities and two NGOs in Albania and Kosovo discussed about transdisciplinary methods, sustainability and the role of stakeholders in sustainable innovation.

The main objectives of this training were: Creating a theoretical perspective and background about transdisciplinary methods; Evaluating the innovative aspects of individual teaching resources; Analyzing the possibility of sharing ideas between different teaching resources and creating a new transdisciplinary method; Evaluating the perspective of stakeholders on sustainability and possibility for future cooperation

ConSus at the GAP Event in Graz, Austria

On 21st January 2016, the RCE Graz-Styria and SEKEM Austria invited to the event "The implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development: Local initiatives and transnational knowledge exchange".

About 150 students, scientists, representatives of sustainability initiatives and interested stakeholders from politics, public administration and civil society attended the event in the premises of the University of Graz. They discussed how Education for Sustainable Development can be promoted at a local, national and international level.

During a World-Café, current projects related to each of the five GAP Priority Action Areas - GAP is the Follow-up Programme of the UNESCO Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014 - were introduced and discussed with the participants. The project coordinator Barbara Loimayr presented the content, activities and challenges of the ConSus project representing a good practice example for the GAP Priority Action Area 3 "Capacity Building".

The participants were very interested in the cooperation with the countries of Albania and Kosovo. Questions arose about: "Which sustainability challenges do the people face in Albania and in Kosovo? How do they tackle these challenges?“ Some students and teachers were interested particularly in the teaching resources developed in the project. There were discussions about the current political and environmental situation Albania and Kosovo too. But also aspects of intercultural dialogue and issues of sustainable development in general arose.

The 4th ConSus taining on Sustainable Entrepreneurship held in Prishtina

Universum College organized the 4th out of six ConSus training in its campus in Prishtina. Throughout the course of the training on sustainable entrepreneurship, 24 participantss from Albania and Kosovo were present. Trainees received insightful information about sustainable entrepreneurship and how that effects the overall development and wealth of transitioning countries such as Albania and Kosovo. Sustainable entrepreneurship was at the center-stage, where participants were asked to identify current stakeholders and suggest potential cooperation based on their ability to comply with the main pillars of sustainability. For the first time, authors were asked to role play a teaching resource where they provided solutions using sustainability as a measurement. Participants visited BONEVET (Makerspace) and Jakova Innovation Center, where they were introduced to startups mainly in the field of ICT. The training concluded with a workshop on integrating sustainable entrepreneurship in higher education curriculum.

ConSus teaching resources as a focus of a students’ seminar at Leuphana University of Lüneburg

14 Master students from educational science and sustainability science deal with higher education for sustainable development in a seminar in the winter term 2015/2016 at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.

After introducing the students into the concept of higher education for sustainable development, they engage with the ConSus project and develop teaching resources for the ConSus platform. In order to get an idea about the region of Albania and Kosovo a Skype session was organised, where Rinora Gojani from INDEP, Pristina, and Elvan Dajko from Polis University, Tirana, provided very informative and valuable insights into sustainability challenges in their countries.

In their teaching resources the students will concentrate on introducing aspects of sustainable development from different approaches. Their results will be available in February 2016 and we already look forward to get to know from a students’ perspective how they perceive their ideal sustainability lessons.

 

For further information please contact Marlene Mader (e-mail to marlene.mader@leuphana.de) as part of the lecturers team in Lüneburg.

CONSUS Training on Environmental Education Elements Fostering Sustainability Innovations

The 3rd ConSus training took place at the University of Limerick, Ireland. 16 participants from Albania and Kosovo engaged in the training on environmental education elements fostering sustainability innovations from 1st – 4th  September 2015. The participants were firstly introduced to ecology at UL and were provided with innovative instructional methods for teaching and learning. Participants engaged with guest speakers in Education for Sustainable development and were given the opportunity to see how UL engages with industry stakeholders. UL smarter travel and the environmental committee delivered sessions on sustainability triumphs and challenges in HEI’s- both nationally and internationally. Participants visited an Apple Farm where they actively engaged with the processes involved with apple and cider production and engaged in discussion based on ethical practices in food production.

ConSus presented at the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2015 in Basel, Switzerland

From 8-10 September 2015 more than 100 researchers around the world met in Basel, Switzerland, to discuss, critically reflect and advance transdisciplinary research and learning.

The ConSus training program and its relation to transdisciplinary learning was presented by Marlene Mader, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, in the session “Learning in and through transdisciplinary processes”. Together with Jonas Meyer, University of Graz, Ms Mader addressed the question ‘Can transdisciplinarity in teaching and learning contribute to regional sustainable development? Scaling up experiences from an EU project in Albania and Kosovo’.

Find out more about the Network for Transdisciplinary Research, and the conference booklet, including program and abstracts of the key note speeches, paper presentations and workshop sessions.

Photo of ITD-Conference 2015 poster

EU Project: New Methods and Teaching Curricula

The Consus Project has already started the third year of its implementation. The 3rd Management Meeting was held in July 2015 at the European University of Tirana, focusing on the core issues of project management such as establishment of libraries on Sustainable Development in partner Universities, installment of infrastructure which will facilitate the work of the Network, etc

On the content point of view Consus project managed to do a great step ahead - The first two training sessions has been conducted in Luneburg/Germany and Graz/Austria for lecturers from the partner institutions of Albania and Kosovo. Four more training sessions will be held in order to discuss how to integrate sustainability related issues and regional stakeholders into university teaching. They will be conducted in Limerick/Ireland, Prishtina/Kosovo, Tirana and Vienna/Austria.

Moreover, teaching staff of all 7 HEIs of the ConSus project will finalize more than 80 innovative teaching resources on different topics of sustainability related to both countries, Kosovo and Albania. These teaching resources will be displayed on a web-based platform. They will be downloadable for free in order to be applied also by other interested university lecturers. An added value of this project is the RCE Albania (Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development) which presented a new initiative undertaken by its Network Partner Eco-Tourism Agency.

Projekti i BE: Kurrikula dhe metoda të reja të mësimdhënies

2nd ConSus training in Graz, Austria

Integrative development processes for sustainable and regional development have been discussed together with 21 participants

The 2nd ConSus training took place at the University of Graz from 7-10 July 2015. Organized and moderated by the team of the RCE Graz-Styria, the program consisted of integrative approaches of sustainable and regional development. Among others, the participants discussed present sustainability challenges in Albania and Kosovo, the impact of Social Entrepreneurship and the role of societal stakeholders in sustainable development in lively discussions and role-play games.

Regional development approaches have been illustrated from a practical point of view by an excursion to the “Styrian Vulcanoland” including a discussion with a representative from a regional development agency and a tour at the elder berry farm “Holler Vulkan”. In total 21 participants from all 9 partner institutions from Albania and Kosovo participated at this training.

Luneburg Meeting Photo 1

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1st ConSus training in Lüneburg, Germany

19 participants from Albania and Kosovo engaged in a training on multi-stakeholder learning and sustainability communication from 5-8 May 2015.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg provided the location for the first out of six training sessions in the course of the ConSus training program on science-society collaborations. During four intensive days 18 participants from seven universities and two NGOs in Albania and Kosovo received insights into inter- and transdisciplinary research and teaching, sustainability communication and multi-stakeholder learning at Leuphana University.

Opportunities for collaborations between universities and social stakeholders for sustainable development were identified and discussed from different perspectives, including the university/lecturer/researcher perspective, the students’ perspective and the stakeholder perspective. The inputs and workshops focused on university teaching with the aim to support the participants in their development of ConSus teaching and learning materials, e.g. workshops on how to describe learning outcomes of courses or how to plan appropriate assessment methods.

More detailed information about the training in Lüneburg can be found here:
Download ConSus WP4 Report - Training Lueneburg
Luneburg Meeting Photo 1

Report WP4.1 Training participants selection

This report, delivered by the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (ULG), deals with the application and selection process for participating in the ConSus training programme

Report WP 2.1

This report, delivered by the Polis University Tirana (U_Polis), deals with the needs analysis for the science-society network. It is part of the 2nd work package aiming at developing a science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo.

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ConSus Teaching Method Handbook

This report lists teaching methods and teaching method outlines, which focus on collaborations between higher education and societal actors (such as partners from business, industry, NGOs, governmental institutions, municipalities, regional planning offices, the tourism sector, civil society, educational institutions)

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Progress Report WP3.4: Status quo development of teaching materials

This progress report gives an overview about the topics of the teaching materials (ongoing process) which will be developed by stakeholders and staff members of the Albanian and Kosovar partner institutions.

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Report WP 1 Analysis of sustainability collaborations and expertise

The report, delivered by the European University of Tirana (UET), gives an overview about regional stakeholders working in the interface of science-society collaborations and sustainability. It also includes a pre-evaluation of sustainability related expertise among the identified stakeholders.

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2nd Management Meeting in Limerick, Ireland

February 24th-27th, 2015, University of Limerick

Activities:
  • General reflection of the project
  • Preparation of training sessions
  • Introduction and discussion of teaching resources
  • Administrational topics
Photo of 2nd Management Meeting in Limerick, Ireland

Western qualification for Albanian professors

The European University of Tirana launched the call for application for lectures, in the framework of the project ‘Connecting Science-Society Collaborations for Sustainability Innovations’, CONSUS. The Call invites lecturers from European University of Tirana to participate in trainings organized in partner Universities (in EU and beyond) with regard to innovative teaching methods. There will be 4-6 lecturer from the European University of Tirana who will be involved in these training sessions.

CONSUS, kualifikim perëndimor për pedagogët shqiptarë

ConSus Project, a bridging stone between science and society.

In the framework of Tempus ConSus project, the European University of Tirana (UET) has organized the first workshop with the participation of stakeholders from science and society, at the premises of UET. The establishment of the Network for Albanian socio-economic stakeholders was a success not only in term of diverse participation of stakeholders but also due to their contribution into the raised topics and issues. Despite the current stakeholder involved in the Network, it is stated that the participation is opened and dynamic, which means that new stakeholders may join the Network in the due course.

Projekti “ConSus”, një urë lidhëse mes shkencës dhe shoqërisë

Albania and Kosovo establish the ‘Science-Society Network for Sustainability Innovation

Article published in the daily newspaper MAPO on 04.11.2014
Shqipëria dhe Kosova me Rrjet bashkëpunimi
“Shkencë-Shoqëri për Inovacion të Qëndrueshëm”

2014 Global RCE Conference in Okayama, Japan
EU-Tempus project ConSus awarded for being an „Outstanding Flagship Project“

Within the annual RCE global conference 2014 In Okayama/Japan the EU-Tempus project “ConSus” was recognized as an “Outstanding Flagship Project”. The project was appreciated for its contribution to strengthen the connection and collaboration between higher education institutions, research and ESD practice.

Photo of CONSUS participants holding the award.

1st Management Meeting in Luneburg, Germany

October 21st-24th, 2014, Leuphana University Luneburg

Activities:
  • General reflection of the project
  • Work package presentations, progress so far and next steps
  • Administrational topics
  • Internal evaluation meeting with QSKN

Resource Platform Meeting & Quality Control in Vienna, Austria

September 1st – 4th, BOKU Vienna

Activities:
  • The project and the meaning of science-society collaboration (presentation)
  • Review of learning materials and teaching methods (presentation)
  • Requirements for ConSus teaching resources (presentation)
  • Adapting an existing teaching material (presentation)
  • Analysis of current sustainability collaborations and expertise (presentation)
  • Identification of suitable topics for ConSus resources (world cafe)
  • Implementation of world cafe outcomes (discussion)
  • Platform functionality status quo and ConSus requirements (presentation)
  • Internal evaluation meeting with QSKN

Report WP 3.1 Review of available teaching materials and methods

The report, delivered by the Leuphana University of Luneburg (ULG), Germany, gives a review of worldwide available teaching resources that focus on fostering the collaboration between higher education and society.

Download Report WP 3.1

Report WP 1.1 Analysis of regional science-society collaborations

The report, delivered by the European University of Tirana (UET), Albania, gives an overview and a common understanding of the current situation of sustainability partnerships in the partner countries Albania and Kosovo.

Download Report WP 1.1

Kick-Off Meeting in Graz, Austria

February, 17th-20th, University of Graz

Activities:
  • Discussions on budgeting, financial issues, use of forms, contractual obligations, administrative issues
  • Presentation and discussion of all work packages
  • Common understanding of sustainability (world cafe)