Tomsk State University has entered into an institutional partnership supported by the European programme of grants ERASMUS+. This international educational project is designed for three years, with a grant amount of 996,500 euro. The partnership involves a number of Siberian and Kazakhstani universities, European universities, institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and water management organizations.
The main objective of the project is improving the quality of higher education and building the capacity of Russian and Kazakhstani universities by strengthening the educational partnership between universities and enterprises in transboundary water management.
- This topic is very important for Europe, because the majority of large bodies of water there are located in several countries - explains Valery Zemtsov, head of the TSU Department of Hydrology. - Therefore, the European universities have much experience in the preparation of specialists in this sphere. For Siberian Russia and Kazakhstan, the topic of international water management is also becoming increasingly important, especially in light of the fact that water now is recognized as the most valuable resource on the planet.
The project “Institutional Partnerships for Sustainable Transboundary Water Management: Russia and Kazakhstan” involves the improvement of professional knowledge in both countries in accordance with the requests of the international, national, and regional labor markets and improving the quality of training of graduates, as well as addressing the key challenges of sustainable development and security of life activity in the border regions with common water use.
- To create an educational programme in the framework of the project that conforms to international requirements, the project provides large funding for the mobility of teachers, to learn about the experience of universities of Greece, the Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain. Now we are forming educational courses that TSU will offer in the network programme. We are also investigating queries and requests of the audience, the Russian and Kazakhstani water management organizations, - says Valery Zemtsov.
Professors Ralf Reski and Edgar Wagner of the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany) are the project coordinators from the European Union side. From the partner countries' side, the project is managed by Galina Telegina, director of the Regional Institute for International Cooperation, Tyumen State University.