WORK PACKAGES

Identification of Similar Curricula in the Subject Area – In Depth Needs Analysis (Lead Organization: HUE)

The main goal of WP1 is to carry out a more in-depth analysis composed by means of desk research and interviews to identify and analyze existing HEI programmes in Europe and Asia in similar areas sustainable, organic agro -environmental agriculture as well as investigate the needs of the academic and administrative staff in order to upgrade their skills to be able to face the challenges of the 21 st century.
 
Even if a comprehensive analysis has been done for the proposal preparation (by means of intensive communication with the Coordinator and questionnaires & interviews to all project partners), the in-depth analysis will be crucial to better tailor the following project activities, in terms of relevance and impact.
 
Deliverables:

1.1 Identification of Similar Curricula in Asia

1.2 Identification of Similar Curricula and Best Practices in Europe

1.3 Preparation of VET Training Course

1.4 Surveying on Lab Infrastructure

1.5 Report on Specifications for the VLE – Agroecology Knowledge Hubs

1.6 A Roadmap for Adaptation of MSc on Agroecology

Curricula Development in Agroecology (Lead Organization: MENDELU)

The main aim of the WP2 is to design and develop the main modules including the training material of the MSc in Agroecology and the VLE “Agroecology Knowledge Hub”. The development of the programs will start by defining the details of the curricula based on the input from surveying reports and requirements from the academic and non-academic partners. The EU partners will then develop and establish the core of the courses, which will be either new or already existing, appropriately modified, which will be later tailored by the academic Asian partners and adapted to the local requirements. The courses will be tailored to serve regional industrial and service needs. The Masters project/thesis part shall be developed based on EU academic partners’ experience with recommendations from Asian partners.

As a second step, the courses will be optimized to phase particular needs in each Asian participating country. The core courses can be common among partners but elective courses will be differentiated to reflect national aspirations.

Deliverables:

2.1 Study Visit to Europe for Curricula Development

2.2 Development of Agroecology Online VLE

2.3 Description of Methodology and Tools

2.4 Agroecology Outline-Creation of the MSc in Agroecology

2.5 Teachers Guide

2.6 Equipment Provision for the Delivery of Agroecology Labs

Capacity Building for Academic and Administrative Staff (Lead Organization: NOVEL in close collaboration with EU and Partner HEIs)

The main objective of WP3 is

1. to design, prepare and implement 2 Vet modules on 21st century skills targeting administrative staff and academic staff from all Partner HEIS offering both face-to face and online instructions in ways that enhance problem-solving, critical thinking and other 21st century skills,

2. to build the capacity of academic staff on Agroecology by a replication training giving the opportunity for those who are carrying research in the field to improve their knowledge and understanding on how to apply ecological concepts and principles to optimize interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be addressed for a sustainable and fair food system. The training course will target academics from all Partner HEIs.
 
Each of the abovementioned modules and courses will include a training package composed by presentation, guide for replication, exercises, multi-format material. The eLearning platform will be an important asset for WP3 and WP4. The already established Labs and Agroecology Knowledge Hubs (VLE) will be the focal points of these actions.
 
Deliverables:

3.1 Training Plan for Vet Courses

3.2 Training Plan for Replication Training

3.3 Study Visits to Asia for Academic and Administrative Staff Training

Accreditation and Delivery of the Courses (Lead Organization: VNUA)

In WP4, all activities and deliverables that have been carried out earlier in the project will be put to the test as Asian Partner HEIs will deliver the programme. A necessary step before the delivery is the successful accreditation of the MSc programme in Vietnam, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Within this work package, all the activities for Operating New and enhanced Master Programmes will be undertaken. These activities will be based on the preparation of the training material (laboratory, classes and distance learning) and on the training of the trainers’ activities (replication training). Through this WP all necessary actions for proper procedural establishment of the MSc courses will take place. This includes of course the cases where completely. Delivery of the programme will be closely monitored by all partners and evaluation reports will be prepared at the mid-term and at the end of the programme that will document its impact and offer recommendations for its improvement. At the same time, the VLE will act as an online community through which European HEIs will support their Asian counterparts and be available to them in case of questions and other topics relevant to the programme. Each of the two European HEIs will designate one professor who will play this role.

Deliverables:

4.1 Accreditation Report of Developed Curricula in Partner Countries

4.2 Delivery of the Agroecology Msc Programme in Partner Countries

4.3 Interim Agroecology Programme Delivery Evaluation Report

4.4. Final Agroecology Programme Delivery Evaluation Report

Quality Assurance & Monitoring (Lead Organization: IPC)

This WP aims at maintaining a watch on quality to assure the actions of the project are properly executed and outputs produced are of a sufficient quality to be considered 'high'. The WP has linkages with all others, and especially management.

The objective of this WP is to ensure the activities are carried out with the best methodology and they are delivering relevant and solid results. High Quality performance is understood as a priority to achieve the project sustainability and thus efforts will be done by WP leader, in coordination with all partners and external experts.
 
Deliverables:

5.1 Quality Board

5.2 Quality Assurance Plan and Continuous Quality Control

5.3 Periodic Quality and Evaluation Reports

5.4 Final Impact and Evaluation Report

5.5 External Quality assurance Reports

Dissemination and Exploitation (Lead Organization: BSU)

Dissemination will be a targeted, systematic process that will not be left for the end of the project. This work package aims to:

  • Identify, target and involve relevant stakeholders. Particular attention will be paid to identifying policy makers and agricultural businesses in the partner countries in order to create viable links to the labour market that will enhance the employability of graduates,

  • Disseminate information on the project to the widest audience possible through targeted actions,

  • Use the knowledge from this project to promote seafood safety and quality practices.
 
Exploitation and sustainability will:

  • ensure sustainability of the major project’s results through the appropriate exploitation planning

  • continuation and further development of the curriculum and its principal outputs

  • the spread and growth of the established partnership between the European and Asian HEIs as well as other stakeholders that will be involved during the project

  • expanding cooperation between HEIs and relevant agriculture food and climate change businesses.
 
Deliverables:

6.1 Dissemination Plan

6.2 Agroecology Website

6.3 Portfolio of Dissemination Material
6.4 Msc In Agroecology Final Conference

6.5 CDAE Exploitation and Sustainability Plan

6.6 Daily Dissemination and National Round Tables

Management & Coordination (Lead Organization: HUE)

The objectives of this WP can be summarized as follows:

1. Effective and concerted project implementation that will ensure that:

  • the project objectives are reached, managed and disseminated in a coordinated and coherent manner, along with all technical activities and legal aspects and

  • efficient management of time & resource allocation at consortium level and coordination of the Work Packages.

2. Management of the project’s external relations, with EACEA and stakeholders.

3. Ensure external input from actors in the field.

4. Risk management and contingency planning.

Project implementation will be supervised by a management board. The management board will collaborate closely with the coordinator and the WP partner leaders: Quality Assurance and Evaluation. All partners participate in the meetings and report regarding the project progress and possible issues that may arise.
 
Deliverables:
7.1 Technical Coordination

7.2 Administrative Coordination

7.3 Contingency Planning

7.4 Communication and Conflict Resolution

7.5 Consortium Agreement

7.6 Coordination and Communication Platform