Integrating Water cycle management: building capability, capacity and impact in Education and Business (I-WEB)
Tempus IV - I-WEB

Program At A Glance

  Funding Agencies The fund is granted by the European Commision (TEMPUS IV)
  Program Period 2012-2015
  Total Budget 928.266,02 €
  NIREAS Contact Dr. D. Fatta Kassinos
  Project Acronym I-WEB
  Project Name Integrating Water cycle management: building capability, capacity and impact in Education and Business
  Dedicated Webpage
  Project Code Tempus.530718
  Coordinating Beneficiary Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  Associated Beneficiaries
  1. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU)
  2. Ahmed Yasawi International Kazak-Turkish University, Kazakhstan (IKTU)
  3. Kokshetau State University named after Shokan Ualikhanov, Kazakhstan (KokSU)
  4. Universität Leipzig, Germany (ULZ)
  5. Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain (UPV)
  6. University of Cyprus, Cyprus (UCY)
  7. Institute of Geography of RK, Kazakhstan
  8. The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia, Kazakhstan
  9. Kazakh Scientific Research Institute of Water Economy, Kazakhstan
  10. Kazakh Research Institute of Fishery, Kazakhstan
  11. Institute of Professional Development and Retraining, Kazakhstan
  12. Ministry of Education and Science Control Committee, Kazakhstan
  13. National Accreditation Centre; Ministry Education & Science, Kazakhstan

Program Overview

I-WEB aims to support KAZNU, IKTU and KokSU to work collaboratively with business, professional body and regulatory organisations at a national and international level to develop and deliver Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Masters and PhD programmes. The main features of I-WEB are the establishment of an International Advisory Board (IAB) consisting of KZ and EU academic partners and representatives of professional scientific and national curricula bodies. Representatives from other sectors will be invited to join the IAB as I-WEB progresses, with its role being the scoping of programme content and delivery mechanisms to be meet multi-sectorial needs. Key I-WEB activities include a critical evaluation of the current status of training in IWCM, educational practice, CPD and QA procedures, intensive retraining of KZ staff in IWCM and curricula reform and the development of Bologna compliant MSc and PhD educational frameworks. Internal and external project and programme QA procedures will be developed and IWCM laboratories established. Selected aspects of modules will be piloted (free events for students and practitioners) and, if demand is demonstrated, CPD courses developed. Initial I-WEB activities are the development and launch of a communication plan and the establishment of the I-WEB website. Sustainability of I-WEB will be demonstrated by adoption of the IAB, institutionalisation of the QA procedures, validation and on-going running of the programmes, the publication of two IWCM textbooks and hosting of an international meeting. Wider objectives include meeting the practice and research needs of industry through the training of students in IWCM best practice and developing understanding of the need for and processes of stakeholder engagement. Specific objectives include develop and deliver Bologna compliant MSc and PhD programmes, training KZ staff and students in IWCM and supporting a two-way dialogue between business, regulators and policy makers.

Project Objectives

To strengthen the partnerships between business, regulatory and academic sectors at a national and international level through their collaborative development and delivery of integrated surface and groundwater management Masters and PhD programmes. A key innovation is the nurturing of trustful relations between sectors through the co-identification of current and emerging graduate skill needs, the sharing of international best practice and the inclusion of business/regulatory expertise within teaching. Identified needs will be met through the development and modernisation of new and existing post-graduate programmes in line with Bologna objectives, with a clear focus on ensuring graduates develop skills required to support the sustainable use of surface and ground waters. Opportunities to broaden participation will be exploited through the development of strategies and mechanisms to deliver Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses.