The international project "Modernization of Doctoral education in Science and Improvement of Teaching Methodologies" is being implemented at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno
The project of international technical assistance is carried out within the framework of the Erasmus + programme of the European Commission.
The project coordinator at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno is the Department for Highly Qualified Scientific Personnel Training and Certification. As an outcome of the project implementation at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, the process of doctoral graduates and applicants for science and technical disciplines in innovative training programmes will be established. It is planned to set up a Doctoral Training Center, as well as the participation of doctoral supervisors of doctoral graduates and applicants in international seminars on the development and implementation of modern teaching methodologies. All of that will allow the university to take one more step forward on the path of innovative development.
An important aspect of the project of international technical assistance is the development of scientific and academic cooperation between universities in Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Latvia, Poland, Finland and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The overall objective is to enhance cooperation capacities of Higher educational institutions of Partner Countries in the field of Doctoral Studies within European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and European Research Area (ERA)”.
The project partners are Latvijas University (Latvia), Brunel University London (UK), Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland), University of Helsinki (Finland), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Russia), Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (Russia), Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University (Russia), Kazan National Research Technical University (Russia), Yerevan State University (Armenia), National Polytechnic University of Armenia (Armenia), Khachatur Abovian Armenian State Pedagogical University (Armenia), Belarusian National Technical University (Belarus), Polotsk State University (Belarus), Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno (Belarus).
Annual meeting of the project MODEST
During meeting there were an overview of all project activities of 2020 presented and also next steps for the 2021 highlighted.
Despite of COVID19, this year has been very busy for all the team and have been done several activities, for instance, developed analytic report on the existing European regulatory and strategic documents in the field of doctoral education - Doctoral studies in Finland, Latvia, Poland, and the United Kingdom and overview of the Doctoral Education in Russia, Belarus and Armenia. Team has established PhD students’ network and has been started first activities. Besides that there were organized 8 webinars related to several actual topics for PhD students, for instance stress management, work based learning, organization of doctoral training centers and others.
Significant work was development of training courses, adapted to universities needs, for instance, Research methodology and research design, Project writing, project management, and funding sources and Commercialization of research, managerial skills etc. Team of the project MODEST team has started also an essential collaboration with ARMDOCT project, as both projects aim to improve quality and organization of PhD studies.
As the project MODEST manager Inga Šķendere highlights: ‘In 2021 project team will focus on development of Doctoral training centers, piloting developed courses and networking among students. Besides that, despite of travelling restrictions, will be organized Summer schools in the most appropriate way taking into account PhD students learning needs. Besides existing situation, project team is very optimistic and looking forward to next activities, as the highest motivation is very high importance of project activities in modernization of doctoral studies environment.’
Erasmus+ project MODEST aims at modernization of doctoral education in Science in European countries and Armenia, Belarus, and Russia. A wider project objective is "To enhance cooperation capacities of Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) of Partner Countries in the field of Doctoral Studies within European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and European Research Area (ERA)".
During a visit of representatives of the National ERASMUS+ Office in Belarus, meetings with working groups on the projects MODEST and CRIMHUM were held at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno
The representatives of the National ERASMUS+ Office in Belarus Oksana Minich, Alexander Rytov and Irina Labkova monitored the projects "Modernization of Doctoral education in Science and Improvement of Teaching Methodologies" (MODEST) and "Modernisation of master programmes for future judges, prosecutors, investigators with respect to European standard on human rights” (CRIMHUM).
During the monitoring, the Erasmus + representatives met with projects’ working groups, which include employees of the Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno and partners from other Belarusian universities, as well as representatives of HEIs in Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Austria. The Erasmus + representatives commended the performed work on the projects and commitment to their implementation. The meeting participants also discussed issues related to the further development of project activities.
It is worthwhile noting that Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno has 11 projects under the Erasmus+ programme. In terms of the number of projects in the Republic of Belarus, YKSUG ranks second after the Belarusian State University. With each new project, YKSUG not only expands and strengthens partnerships with Belarusian and foreign HEIs, but also improves the quality of education in various disciplines.