Danube Education Centres for Training, Research and Arts (DECTRA)

  • Project idea information

    Priority

    Innovative and socially responsible Danube region - Increase competences for business and social innovation

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”, Department of Telecommunications

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    The paradigm of the modern knowledge-based economy and the worldwide globalization are presenting new challenges and requirements for the labor markets. Many of the professions from the recent decades do not exist anymore, while at the same time newer ones are constantly being introduced. This is caused mainly by the recent scientific and technological innovations. The conservative educational and training systems, which are tending to be very latent and hard to adapt, are pushed to the limit by this trend and are no longer providing adequate curricula and solutions to the market needs. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students from all levels of the education systems need to develop their capabilities in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) to levels, which are far beyond what was considered acceptable in the past and in parallel to what is currently offered by the conservative educational systems.

    Objectives
    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    The objective of the project is to establish a Danube wide network of education centres, which will be responsible for the development of joint STEAM-focused curricula. Based on it, the centres will conduct (in-person and remotely) specialized courses with duration from several days to several weeks. The trainees of the centres will be prepared to meet the requirements of the modern ICT oriented society and will possess the necessary skills in vital fields covered by Industry 4.0 and other paradigms. The courses will be provided to all age groups and will cover modern topics, like unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), 3D scanning and 3D printing, digital arts, CAD-systems, graphical programming, development of mobile applications, robotics, embedded systems, IoT, etc. The curricula will be developed in close partnership and with inclusion of industry and research institutions. Apart from the curricula, the project team will be involved in the development of STEAM platforms and tools for project sustainability.

    Main results and core outputs

    Results:
    - Raising the level of education regarding various ICT-based subjects and increasing the chances of the students to find employment in the Danube region;
    - Improved knowledge, skills and competences of all (incl. youth, low-skilled adults, etc.) and at all levels of education to increase employability and adaptability;
    Main outputs :
    - Establishment of 50 contracts with enterprises for non-financial support;
    - Establishment of a network for enterprise-research cooperation with at least 20 members;
    - Development of one joint strategy for improving the institutional and infrastructural framework conditions;
    - Development of a Danube-wide network of education centres (tool);
    - Conducting of one conference (pilot action) for improving the institutional and infrastructural framework conditions;
    - Development of one joint strategy for adaptation of the national educational systems by inclusion of STEAM-based courses;
    - Development of curricula for various practical courses;
    - 32 learning interactions;

    Main foreseen activities

    - WP Management;
    - Implementation WP1 – Establishment of the Danube Education Centres;
    - Implementation WP2 – Development of educational curricula;
    - Implementation WP3 – Development of the DECs strategies;
    - Implementation WP4 – Development of the DECs tools and platforms;
    - Implementation WP5 – Events and pilot actions;
    - WP Communication;

    Innovative character of the project idea

    The project will address the gap between the industrial actors and the educational institutions in the Danube region. All of the developed courses will be focused on Industry 4.0 related topics and will mainly be based STEAM education paradigms. The trainees will gain valuable digital skills and competencies.
    The developed strategy for adaptation of the national educational systems by inclusion of STEAM-based courses will be proposed to national regulators (education agencies and ministries) and the developed courses will be provided as selective.
    The establishment of cooperation with enterprises for non-financial support and the creation of a network for enterprise-research cooperation will provide sustainability for the project after the completion of the planned activities.

    Estimated Total Budget
    (in EUR)

    2 400 000 Euro

    Estimated duration
    (in months)

    30 months

  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners

    University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”

    IPA Partners

    -

    Associated Strategic Partners

    -

  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners

    Universities, educational institutions, centres, clusters with positive attitude and digital competences and experience in STEAM, regional or local public administrations, policy makers, labour market organizations, NGOs, industry representatives, SMEs.

    IPA Partners

    Universities, educational institutions, centres, clusters with positive attitude and digital competences and experience in STEAM, regional or local public administrations, policy makers, labour market organizations, NGOs, industry representatives, SMEs.

    Associated Strategic Partners

    Universities, educational institutions, centres, clusters with positive attitude and digital competences and experience in STEAM, regional or local public administrations, policy makers, labour market organizations, NGOs, industry representatives, SMEs.

  • Contact Person

    Name

    Assoc. Prof. Plamen Zahariev, PhD

    Address

    University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”, Department of Telecommunications, Studentska str. 8, bldg. 6, room 6.213

    Country

    Bulgaria

    Telephone number

    E-mail address

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)