Tempus GE-UZ coordination meeting on final project reporting and future cooperation was organized from 20th September until 14th of October 2015, in Hungary. During these meetings there were six project members participating from Uzbekistan: Uktam Umurzakov – Rector’s advisor at Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration (TIIM), Tempus GE-UZ head of Advisory Board; Odil Akbarov – PhD research fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, Tempus GE-UZ national project coordinator; Ilkhomjon Musaev – associate professor at Geodesy and Land Cadaster department at TIIM, Tempus GE-UZ MSc programme director; Kosimdjon Rakhmanov – Head of the Geodesy and Land Cadaster department at Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration (TIIM); Mukhitdin Akbarov – senior lecturer at Geodesy and Land Cadaster department at TIIM; Mamanbek Reimov – Head of the International department at TIIM.
In order to support successful implementation of final financial reporting, the whole process, structure, results, short and long term impacts of GE-UZ project were discussed, reviewed and formulated, focusing on cardinal points.
The following outcomes and results were highlighted during the meeting: A successful MSc programme in Geoinformatics; qualified staff available at each UZ partner universities; modern surveying equipment and GIS laboratories available for course delivery; and a sustainable educational network.
As an unexpected result of cooperation within GE-UZ and other Tempus projects, partners formed a new Erasmus Mundus project – “Spatial ICT Infrastructures for Smart Places”(gSMART) coordinated by University of Salzburg. The gSMART Erasmus Mundus initiative is based on a network of European and Central Asian Universities with a focus on interdisciplinary ‘Spatial Sciences’, aiming at improving the management of societies, economies and environments through modern geospatial methods and techniques. The gSMART network is building and sharing knowledge across disciplines, via mobility of students and faculty between institutions, joint short intensive courses and a virtual campus with online lectures, converging in a highly qualified community of practice. Both project teams (GE-UZ and gSMART) are working on coordination of activities in order to increase quality of both project outcomes (Curricula Development and Mobility).
Planning future cooperation
The During the visit in Hungary, delegates from Uzbekistan met and discussed with the coordinator of Higher Education Unit Marton Beke at Tempus Public Foundation in Hungary on Erasmus+ programme possibilities. During the meeting the new rules and requirements of writing new project proposal, deadlines and directions were discussed and got the answers about practical details in writing proposal.
The delegation met the vice-rector of Obuda University Mihaly Reger, head of project office at Obuda University Tamas Kersanszki, Tempus GE-UZ project coordinator Bela Markus and Vice dean of Alba Regia Technical Faculty Lorant Foldvary. The meeting took place at Obuda University. The main aim of the meeting was presenting and introducing both institutions: Tashkent Institute of Irrigation & Melioration and Obuda University. Lorant Foldvary introduced educational and research activities of Alba Regia Technical Faculty.
The second outcome of the visit was a new Erasmus project proposal called DSinGIS.
Aim of DSinGIS: Support Uzbekistan in sustainable development by geospatial sciences
Specific objectives are as follows: Develop new and innovative doctoral courses and methodologies, supporting continuing professional development on the applications in geoinformatics; Build enhanced ICT-based learning and research environment, strengthening the relations between higher educational institutions (HEI) and research institutions (RI); Enhance scientific level of academic and research staff at UZ partner universities in the field of geoinformatics; Orientate UZ scientists of Socio-Ecological Systems into interdisciplinary geospatial doctoral studies and research; Improve involvement of UZ academic staff and doctoral candidates in geoinformation sciences into world-wide scientific community, strengthening internationalization of HEIs/RIs
The visit to Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing Department of State Boundary Surveys was organized by Imre Busics and Bela Markus on 24th and 25th of September. The main aim of this visit and meeting was to become familiar with the Institute and its working structure, to discuss future cooperation as associate partner.
Other cultural programs were also organized during the visit.