The Project aims at introducing environmental studies curricula at Agricultural Higher Education Institutions in the South Caucasus Region. Along with the establishment of new subjects and the development of teaching materials, the project will build human capacity for carrying out the whole scope of challenging responsibilities. Young teachers will get exposed to the newest stand of teaching and pedagogic knowledge at the partner universities of Western Europe, thus contributing to the process of adjustment of the curricula at their home universities to conform the international standards.
Furthermore, the project will establish a University Network, initially in the South Caucasus Region, for facilitating the dissemination of the accumulated knowledge and information on environmental problems of mutual concern. Such a network of higher educational institutions will provide advanced means to support high quality education in the field of environmental issues as a base for a co-ordinated environmental policy in South Caucasus.
The following results will be pursued:
Partner countries problems and needs analysis
Until 10-15 years ago the countries in South Caucasus Region (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) were in very close contacts with each other as well as with other NIS countries in socio-economic
and political point of view. There was
bilateral exchange both of teaching staff and students
South Caucasus Region is rich in natural resources, which determines the development of several fields of economy, such as Industry, Agriculture, Forestry, etc. They, in their turn, have a great impact on environment. This is of particular relevance for Agriculture. This field of economy is the most related form of human activity to environment. One of the biggest problems in the world and in South Caucasus region is protection of nature, natural resources and their rational exploitation. For this purposes Governments of South Caucasian countries have elaborated certain Environmental Policies directed towards increasing of ecological awareness of the public, perfection of ecological education of young generation, propaganda of innovations and ongoing research and public environmental arrangements.
To address contemporary needs and requirements several projects have been initiated in the frame of the EU Tempus programme.
Georgian State Agrarian University (GSAU) has successfully implemented the TEMPUS-Tacis project CD_JEP 21237-2000 entitled "Reorientation of Academic Education in Environmental Economics in Georgia" aiming toward the reorientation of study plans in the area of Environmental Economics at the Georgian State Agrarian University. The activities foreseen by the project have been implemented. The key success of the project can be considered as follows:
The main purpose of the current project ("Introduction of Environmental Studies in South Caucasus Region") is to further develop the notion of environmental impacts, and respective environmental prevention and environmental valuation. Thereby the results achieved by CD_JEP-21237-2000 will be multiplied and disseminated to the Agricultural Academies in Armenia and Azerbaijan in order to facilitate the adjustment of higher education standards in the field of Environmental Studies in South Caucasus Region.
The current members of the Consortium have
already gathered successful experience through previous projects.
As mentioned above, in the frames of CD_JEP 21237-2000, some of the
consortium members, namely the
University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna
(Austria), the University of
Hohenheim (Germany), and the
National Agronomics Institute Paris-Grignon
(France), have established a durable co-operation.
The project consortium is represented by the following
The project contractor, Prof. Dr. Juergen Zeddies, has broad experience in international university co-operation and management of objective oriented projects. By order of the German Society for Technical Assistance (GTZ) he was for many years responsible for the evaluation of TA-projects in developing countries. As Dean of the Agricultural Faculty (1977-1981), Vice President of the University of Hohenheim (1982-1985) and Head of two interdisciplinary research programmes he has long term administrative experience. Since 1993 he is responsible for the co-operation between the University of Hohenheim and Eastern European Universities. Prof. Zeddies was contractor of TEMPUS (Tacis)-Pre-JEP 01311-94, TEMPUS-JEPs 10014-95, 12316-97, 14051-99, 20501-99, 10738-99, 21203-2000 and 21231-2000.
At the University of Hohenheim an MSc-programme in 'Environmental Protection and Agricultural Food Production' was newly introduced in 2002. The emphasis in the collaboration with the University of Hohenheim is in the fields of Resource Economics, Environmental Management, Agricultural Markets, Extension and Information Management.
The Georgian State Agrarian University is represented by Prof. Eldar Gugava, who is the co-ordinator of the project. During last years GSAU participated in several National and International projects (as partner and co-ordinator) related to environmental issues. One of the last co-operations was the TEMPUS-Tacis project CD_JEP-21237-2000 "Reorientation of Academic Education in Environmental Economics in Georgia" with Austrian, German and French Agricultural Institutions.
The University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna is represented by Prof. Dr. Johann Vollmann as contact person. The University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna was leading several international projects in the field of curriculum development (Kyrgyzstan P_JEP 3177-96, CP_20545-1999, Bosnia and Herzegovina JEP 13104-98 and 16104-2001, Georgia 21237-2000). The University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna offers several study programmes in a wide range of subjects. One of them is Environmental Protection and Economics.
The Institute National Agronomique Paris-Grignon is represented by Prof. Dr. Joel Priolon as contact person. Institute National Agronomique was involved in several international projects, e.g. in following Tempus projects: Bosnia JEP 13104-98 and 16104-2001, Georgia 21237-2000. Institute National Agronomique offers specialisation in environmental economics, which will be the main contribution to that project (providing with curricula, lectures, teaching materials).
5. Azerbaijan Agricultural Academy Ganja, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan Agricultural Academy in Ganja was founded on the basis of Azerbaijan Polytechnic Institute's Department
Agriculture, which was established in 1920. Today the
Agricultural Academy is the only state educational institution
Azerbaijan, which trains and prepares high-qualified specialists for agricultural sector. Presently, in eight available
of the Academy, 3830 undergraduate and
graduate students receive education in 35 fields of specialization.
6. Armenian Agricultural Academy Yerevan, Armenia
The Armenian Agricultural Academy was
established as a result of integrating the Agricultural Institute with the
of Livestock and Veterinarian Studies. Concurrent to the integration, starting
from January, 1995, the Academy initiated
a completely new model of training for agriculture which implied a triple-degree
system of education, which enables the
Academy to develop a system conforming to the International educational
standards. During the consequent years, the
Academy has established regional agricultural colleges and high schools.
Curricula for new programs were developed
and incorporated into the educational system starting from 1995-1996 academic
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