Academic Collaboration for (Building) Capacity in Environmental Studies | ACCES

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Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Irma Inashvili

Coordinating Institution: Georgian Technical University

Partner Institution:University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Dr. Margarita Himmelbauer)

Partner Country: Georgia

Project Duration: 1st of August 2016 – 31st of July 2020


New challenges regarding recent climate changes and their tremendous impact on the environment, society and economy need new educational contents and strategies. The capacity building in environmental education is one of the most effective ways to deal with, since it strengthen the overall awareness and knowledge especially of the young generation about existing and upcoming ecological hazards and risks.

With regard to, the Georgian Technical University (GTU) and the Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management (IHLW) at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) both aspire towards establishing an efficient partnership in research guided education networking, research and services in the field of the environmental engineering studies.

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the modernisation of the higherenvironmental education in Georgia in line with the environmental and labour market demands and European standards trough establishing a framework for developing innovative and competence-oriented educational programmes of high-quality addressing key issues in environmental engineering. In particular, ACCES focuses on:

  • Strengthening the capacity of the university and the faculty in developing innovative environmental master curricula at GTU based on the latest teaching methods and tools for efficient transfer of knowledge and skills;
  • Strengthening the staff competences trough promoted excellence in innovative teaching, research and innovations;
  • Enhancing gender equality in higher education system through promoted diversity giving equal opportunities for professional qualifications and realization;
  • Establishing an efficient partnership in research guided higher education through dynamic framework, dynamic and open-minded dialogue and exchange of innovative ideas.

The major results comprise development of a new master curriculum in environmental engineering and safety: updating of the master program in water engineering based on the latest research findings; introducing innovative teaching methods and tools; sharing knowledge and experience between GTU and BOKU to gain new views and perspectives, etc.

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The ACCES project team from Austria and Georgia jointly wrote a scientific paper entitled “Debris flow channel processes and determination of the lateral compression ratio”, which was presented at the 5th International Conference on Debris Flows: Disasters, Risk, Forecast, Protection in October in Tbilisi. You can read the paper in the conference proceedings.

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2nd annual team meeting in Vienna in June 2018

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In the line with the chief objectives of the project, a training course on „Didactic and e-learning Innovative teaching methods and tools in higher education” was organised from 27th of November  to 1st of Decemeber 2017 in Vienna. Read more.

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Annual team meeting in Georgia in July 2017

Opening of the kick-off meeting © Giorgi Lokhishvili

The kick-off meeting took place at Georgian Technical University in September 2016