Development of master curricula for natural disasters risk management in Western Balkan countries (NatRisk)

The project “Development of master curricula for natural disasters risk management in Western Balkan countries (NatRisk)” is capacity building action in the field of higher education, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The proposed project is in line with Regional Priorities for Joint & Structural Projects (Erasmus+ KA2 – Capacity Building in Higher Education) for the Region 1 (Western Balkan) and is related to the “Learning and teaching tools, methodologies and pedagogical approaches including learning outcomes and ICT-based practices (inter alia, flexible learning paths, blended courses, virtual and real mobility, practical placements etc.)“ and area „Environmental protection“.

The project goal is development and implementation of the advanced and modern master curricula in line with Bologna requirements and national accreditation standards that enable education of the specialists in the field of natural disasters risk management (NDRM). The new master study profiles that include comprehensive aspects of NDRM will be the result of analysed shortcomings of current system for NDRM in WB partner countries. Different aspects of NDRM request an interdisciplinary approach and cooperation between experts from various scientific fields. The existing study programmes deal only with specialized topics and there is no such kind of interdisciplinary study programmes in NDRM in WB partner HEIs.

The graduated students with acquired advanced knowledge will be directly involved and what is more important they will improve the process of identifying, analyzing and evaluating risks and in development of strategies to treat and mitigate existing and future risks harmonizing it with EU best practices.

The modernised laboratory with the latest hardware and software equipment for simulations and assessments of natural disasters, where the students will gain practical knowledge that can be immediately applied, and the up-to-date library units will contribute to innovative new master study programmes.



NatRisk – Study visits and teaching staff training

IWHW-BOKU hosted the fifth NatRisk teaching staff training and study visit for Western Balkan partner HEIs from 14th to 16th November 2017. The study visit introduced the participants to the flood protection system of Vienna and showed them innovative flood protection measures in the field, which was presented in cooperation with the Austrian Danube River management authority „viadonau“.Within the project, a full day was devoted to the training of Western Balkan partners regarding innovative teaching methods in the classroom. A further day focused on teaching methods in the laboratories, by visiting the labs of the Institute of Water Management including the associated outdoor research channel as well as the Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering.


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