Participation of Kaliningrad State University in international educational and research programmes funded by the European Union

Participation of Kaliningrad State University in international educational and research programmes funded by the European Union



1)In1994-1997Kaliningrad State University participated in TEMPUS

project on «International Initiative in the field of Modernisation of English Language Teaching and Teacher Training». During this period 175 students, 36 English language teachers and 8 librarians underwent re-training for 1-3 months in University College of Northampton (Great Britain) and Galway (Ireland). New courses and books have been developed and introduced to the programme. Among them are: “Business English”, Transport in Kaliningrad Region (KSU and BGA), Fishery Industry in Kaliningrad Region (KSU, KSTU), and Energy System of Kaliningrad Region(KSU, KSTU). A Computer laboratory and Recourse Centre in the Foreign Languages Faculty have been fully equipped. The IT equipping of the University Library began. Investment in upgrading the equipment made up 150 000 Ecu. The University Library was supplied with English books to the sum of 20 000 Ecu. Total budget of project made up 800000 Ecu.

2)In1999 – 2000KSUwas implementingTEMPUS/TASIS

project onEnvironmental Education for Sustainable Development of Kaliningrad Regionlaunched in 1998. KSU Partners involved in the project were: University of Malmo (Sweden), Danish Pedagogical University, Copenhagen. Total budget made up 500 000 Ecu. Outcomes of the project are as follows:

- Links established between KSU, schools and Regional Administration to tackle environmental problems;

- Interdisciplinary course Environmental Education for Sustainable Development of Kaliningrad Region developed and introduced; among other courses developed and introduced into the curriculum are: Environmental Economics, Environmental Education in Elementary School, English for Ecologists;

- Set up Centre AGENDA 21, designed to promote ideas for sustainable development and establish close links between KSU, schools and administration in the field of environmental education;

- Server for distance learning created and the first distant course on environmental disciplines developed;

- Equipment purchased to the sum of 100 000 Euro for the faculties of Pedagogy, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Modern Languages as well as for KSU library;

- 40 KSU students from the faculties of Pedagogy, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Modern Languages trained at the Malmo University for one semester;

- 45 academic staff, librarians, IT laboratory staff updated/retrained.

3)In1999TASIS projectThe Development of Educational and Research Potential in Economics and Management in KSU

(Kalimost) running in 1996-1998 was prolonged. KSU Partners involved in the project were Grenoble Higher Business School (France) and Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece). Total budget of the project was equal to 1900000 Ecu.

4)In1999the projectTASIS Support of Kaliningrad Global Development Plan

wasprolonged. It was aimed at promoting results of comprehensive studies in socio-economic development of the region, which had been carried out together with the Institute of Transitional Period (Moscow), Mendens-France University, Grenoble (France) and University of Birmingham (Great Britain). Total budget of the project was 950000 Ecu.

5)In1999KSUparticipated in the TASIS

research projectDiagnostics and Development the Conception of Kaliningrad Region with the budget of89000 Ecu. KSU had Mendens-France University, Grenoble (France) and Saint-Peterburg University of Economics and Finance as project partners.

6)In1999TASIS projectonDeveloping Consultancy Opportunities of the Faculty of Economics, KSU

was implemented with the total budget of 97000 Ecu. KSU Partners involved in the project were: Grenoble Higher Business School (France) and Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece).

7)In2001 European Informational Centre

(EuroInfoCentre)was set up. This unique for the region Centre provides free and direct access to the information on politics and EU institutions, as well as informs on different EU programmes for non-member countries. The collection of literature numbers about 800 units. The Centre is supplied with material from European Union, Regional Committee, European Parliament, individuals assisting the Centre and from several international KSU partners.

The Centre offers information and consultancy services not only for KSU staff and students, but also for administrative bodies, business circles as well as for Kaliningrad citizens.

8)In2003KSU began implementationof theTEMPUS/TASIS

projectRussia and the EU an innovative curriculum development initiative to introduce a European Dimension at Kaliningrad State University. KSU partners in the project are as follows: University of Ireland Galway (Ireland), University of Turku (Finland), University of Vienna (Austria), The Pultusk School of Humanities (Poland), Warsaw School of Economics (Poland).

The overall aim of the project is to add a substantial European Dimension to the curriculum at the KSU by introducing six new priority courses in the free faculties (Foreign Languages, History/Politology and Law) and by creating an autonomous cross-faculty Centre for European Studies and International Relations.

Total budget of the project makes up 497000 Euro.

Project participants:

- University of Ireland Galway (Ireland)-contractor,

- University of Turku (Finland),

- University of Vienna (Austria),

- The Pultusk School of Humanities (Poland),

- Warsaw School of Economics (Poland).

Expected outcomes of the project:

· Extensive curriculum development at KSU inn European studies and International Relations:

(i) Six new courses introduced and consolidated;

- Foundations in European Studies

- EU terminology for Translators

- EU Issues for Administrators

- Russia and the EU

- Intro to EU Law

- EU/RF Trade Relations

(ii) Setting up of a new cross-faculty Centre for European Studies

Staff Developed to underpin the new curriculum 30 key staff from 3 faculties retrained/updated on Retraining Periods, Workshops and EU Missions.

Seven new publications produced to help to sustain the curriculum development (2 course books, 2 exam books and 3 teaching manuals).

Up-grading of facilities to provide the learning resources infrastructure.

Re-training of 65 students to help and maintain a culture of educational exchanges between the Russia and the EU and to improve standards of professional translator/interpreter training towards EU standards.

Extensive Dissemination of the best project outputs at the regional and National Dissemination conferences in 2005 and 2006 respectively.