CREATING THE NETWORK OF KNOWLEDGE LABS FOR SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT ENVIRONMENTS (KLABS)
- University of Priština in Kosovska Mitrovica
Western Balkan partner institutions
- “Džemal Bijedić” University of Mostar
- State University of Novi Pazar
- Higher Technical Professional School in Zvečan
- University of Banja Luka
- University of Belgrade
European Union partner institutions
- University of Ljubljana
- University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
- Universita Iuav di Venezia
- Technische Universiteit Delft
- Rheinisch-WestfaelischeTechnische Hochschule Aachen
Project contact person
Assoc. Prof. Dr Saja Kosanović, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Kosovska Mitrovica
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments (acronym KLABS) is capacity building action in the field of higher education, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
KLABS is the pioneering educational platform that addresses two current and equally important challenges of Western Balkan urban and rural built environments – sustainability and resilience to climate change. Within the 3-year period of project life (2015-2018), the Consortium consisted of five higher education institutions from European Union and six higher education institutions from Western Balkan will produce various results with the common aim to catalyse the generation of innovative, interdisciplinary and highly specialized knowledge, skills and competencies, joining areas of Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Protection.
Being the creators of functional built environment, engineers and architects bear significant responsibility and obligation in achieving sustainability and resilience at different levels. By intervening in the field of knowledge development as the first step in progress enhancement, it is expected that the results of KLABS project, in the long term, will impact not just national higher education systems, but as well the overall development of included Western Balkan areas.
Environmental protection in engineering branches, architecture and construction refers to the design, development, analysis and implementation of wide range of appropriate technical-technological solutions, measures and practices. Research results are one of the main pillars of the design of education. Problem complexity requires interdisciplinary approach. Education aims to prepare for coping with, managing and shaping of “conditions characterized by change, uncertainty, risk and complexity” (Sterling, 2012).
KLABS AIM AND OBJECTIVES
The overall aim of the project Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments is to support the modernisation of higher education in Western Balkan Region by implementing strategic approach in the development of innovative platform for the delivery of knowledge about sustainable and resilient environments.
Specific project objectives are the following:
- To develop, validate and implement innovative curricula in Western Balkan consortium institutions, adjusted to European and national standards and priorities, and realistic potentials,
- To introduce virtual mobility of students and staff in WB institutions,
- To produce, validate the quality and put into use the innovative educational material,
- To develop innovative tools, methodologies and approaches to education, including the studies of real-life cases, creation of virtual learning platforms and open educational resources,
- To develop innovative institutional capacities by founding and equipping the knowledge labs – Centres for Sustainable and Resilient Environments,
- To upgrade knowledge and skills of teaching/IT staff in order to ensure high quality exploitation of project outcomes, and
- To promote KLABS work and achievements.
Work methodology of KLABS project is elaborated through five work package types, encompassing in total 24 work packages necessary to achieve project aims and objectives.
WP 1 – Initiation of project implementation includes organisation of the Kick-off meeting where the bodies relevant for project implementation will be established and various project management issues will be elaborated; and the analyses of needs, constrains and possibilities for curricula development. WP1 lasts 4 months.
WP 2 – Development of study programmes includes activities, tasks and events aiming to create advanced conditions for the introduction of new study programmes in official institutional educational offer at every Partner Countries higher education institution, i.e. for the implementation of new programmes in the third year of the project. WP2 will last 21 months.
WP 3 – Quality control and monitoring encompasses procedures and activities necessary to reach and maintain high quality of the project and of derived results. This package will be active through the whole project life.
WP 4 – Dissemination and exploitation of project and results covers wide range of actions and events aiming to spread wide the information about KLABS results and to utilise them in the most effective and the most professional way. The continuity of WP4 extends beyond project life; the long lasting use of KLABS results is secured by careful planning of methods and means used for dissemination.
WP 5 – Project management. Over the 36-month long project cycle, various project management activities will be carried out, including here the organisation of Project Management Team meetings, project finances guidance, administration, and organisation and coordination of project work.