Professor Konstantin Suslov fr om the INRTU Institute of Power Engineering, Varvara Panko, Head of the Unit at the Department for International Cooperation, and Vladimir Smirnov, Head of Academic and Methodological Department took part in the session of the Erasmus+ project “Establishing smart energy system curriculum at Russian and Vietnamese universities”, ESSENCE. The event took place in the Kazan State Power Engineering University in February. Representatives of eight European and Russian HEIs participated in the meeting.
The meeting was aimed at the personal introduction of the project participants, presentation of the universities-members of ESSENCE consortium, detailed discussion of administrative and organization procedures concerning the project implementation at each university with regard to the national peculiarities. The meeting was mostly focused on the review of the project realization process and first results achieved in the frame of certain working packages.
Professor Suslov noted that this project is very important to the University since it renders assistance in the modernization and actualization of master programs in “Electric power engineering and electrical engineering” area of study.
“It is especially important for the development of education right now since constant technological changes occur in energy sector and industry employment requirements grow. Participation in the program will allow us to improve our graduates’ proficiency level and make their qualification more marketable. In the course of the project, our University should develop a complete package of teaching and learning materials for one of the master courses, which will fall to our lot. The choice of the courses will be made during the next meeting in Grenoble (France), wh ere the members will have to choose nine theoretical and one practical course out of twenty ones selected beforehand. All participants of the meeting noted that the project is important for educational system,” Professor Suslov explained.Professor Suslov added that at present, students, professors, and representatives of energy sector take part in the inquiry, which results will be used to form a basic curriculum for the core educational master program in the frame of the project “Establishing smart energy system curriculum at Russian and Vietnamese universities”, ESSENCE. The inquiry will last up to 7 March. Students, professors, and staff members of power engineering enterprises can take part in it.
It should be noted that INRTU launched the first stage of the project in December 2017. The program is funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Programme. It is planned to design a joint educational program in smart energy systems area in accordance with the European standards. It is supposed that students will have the opportunity to study some disciplines at their home university and the others - at partner universities.
Erasmus+ is a new program of the European Union, which will be effective during the period of 2014-2020. The program is aimed at supporting projects, cooperation, and academic mobility in the fields of education, training, sports, and youth policy. It intends for the further assistance in modernization and sustainability of educational and training systems; support for youth policy and sports development; improvement of skills and enhancement of employment opportunities. The new program supposes a considerable growth of investment in human potential development.
By Alena Ivanova
Photos are from Konstantin Suslov’s personal archive