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RETHINK intends to rethink the curricula of the partner HEIs -in the priority area of ENVIRONMENT- for the development of Joint Degrees in the fields of 1 - Architecture/Urban planning, and 2-Climate Engineering/Environmental Sciences with the CO2THINK approach. In order to overcome some of the needs of Partner Countries:

  • The need to understand the impact of Green House Gases on the Biosphere;
  • The need to develop Curricula on sustainability;
  • The need to apply ecologic solutions to environmental problems.

Work Packages:

RETHINK is divided in 8 work packages:

  • WP1 – Aims at SWOT analysis of PC and EU HEIs’ existing Curricula, programming further activities.
  • WP2 – Will RETHINK Curricula for Architecture/Urban Planning Degree.
  • WP3 – Will RETHINK Curricula for Environmental Sciences/Climate Engineering Degree.
  • WP4 – Upgrade cluster - aims at upgrading PC HEIs English language skills, modernize their technical base/teaching materials/training methods.
  • WP5 – Quality Statute will set the quality plan and check the project’s quality performance.
  • WP6 – Expand RETHINK aims at setting the dissemination strategy.
  • WP7 – Exploitation & Sustainability aims at developing new projects and extending RETHINKs life-span.
  • WP8 – Administration & Management will develop the strategy for the successful project implementation

Double-Degree MSc Study Programme in Civil Engineering and Construction

Polotsk State University as one of the RETHINKe TEMPUS project has opened in partnership with the Polytechnc Institute of Leiria, Portugal, a Double-Degree MSc study programme in Civil Engineering and Construction. The study programme presupposes joint training of master students at PSU and IPL, academic exchange of staff and students. All students enrolled on the study programme must spend at least 1 semester in Year 2 in the partner University and have a joint supervision of the Master dissertation. The defence takes place at presence of the joint defence board representing both the IPL and PSU. By the decision of the joint board the successful master students will be awarded with two diplomas and two supplements – one from the IPL, Leiria, Portugal, and one from PSU, Novopolotsk, Belarus. In 2015 first three students were enrolled on the Double Degree MSc study programme.

RETHINK Objectives

1 – to contribute to Reform of Higher Education in the PCs, the three Ministries of Education (Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Ukraine) are invited to assist this process and deliver the Bologna tools to their national regulations;

2 – to modernise the Curricula of the PC HEIs and to overcome the outdated knowledge base of the PC HEIs, the EU HEIs are chosen to develop new Joint (Master and PhD) Degrees with “CO2THINK+transdisciplinarity” approach on the areas of Architecture/Urban Planning and Environmental Sciences/Climate Engineering.

3 – to have double effect on the modernisation of Curricula, every partner country is participating simultaneously within 2 areas: 1 - Architecture/Urban planning and 2 - Environmental Sciences/Climate Engineering.

4 – to connect Higher Education and Society and to address knowledge triangle “Education/research/innovation”, the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development and Business Association of Entrepreneurs are invited to provide special trainings and students’ placement for Innovation/Business network creation.

5 – to contribute to Global warming mitigation with multiple effect, all the partner countries of ENPI East (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) are included to the RETHINK partnership in order to respond to the regional priority “Environment”.

6 – to extend the TEMPUS programme embrace/network, partners without (including the Applicant) / or with very limited TEMPUS experience , and from the peripheral cities are included to the RETHINK partnership.

7 – to contribute to the perfecting of the management/administrative skills, all the PC HEIs are involved in the strategic workpackages and its implementation.

8 – to enhance the international collaboration, the PC HEI (Donbass National Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Ukraine)) is chosen to be Joint-Coordinator and to accomplish, bridge-building” function.