The meeting of the Steering Committee of the project "SARUD - Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development" within the framework of the European Union's Erasmus + program

The meeting of the Steering Committee of the project "SARUD - Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development" within the framework of the European Union's Erasmus + program

The meeting of the Steering Committee of the SARUD project was held at the Czech University of Natural Sciences (Czech Republic). Representatives from universities of European partners, national coordinators of Russia and Kazakhstan took part in the meeting.

The following issues were issued at the meeting: Creation of the Knowledge Platform and national networks that were reported by the platform administrators Dr.Sc.Merzlov A. (Timiryazev MAA) and Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor Vorontsova N. Based on the results of their information, further steps were identified on gathering of information and content fill of the Knowledge Platform, structuring information, launching the platform and other issues.

The meeting drew attention to the practical orientation of the international master program "Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development". First students were enrolled in the specialty "Economics" at our university in 2017. The implementation of the Educational Program assumes a wide involvement of stakeholders and its constant evaluation.

National Project Coordinator Meleshenko N. made a presentation on the report how the program of the specialty "Economics" started at Kazakhstan universities. Therefore, the issue of building the capacity of partner universities was discussed. The project administrator Ismailova A. took a participation in the discussion on the issue of consulting visits and the Project Quality Control Plan, which included additional criteria. On all issues of the Quality Control Plan, the project will be evaluated by external experts, their candidacies, in turn, were proposed by each partner institution and approved at this meeting of the steering committee.

  At the meeting of the steering committee, the necessity of publishing educational and methodological complexes on the disciplines of the SARUD master program was justified, taking into account comments on units made by foreign experts. According to Russian partner universities, the publication of educational materials is basically completed.

The issue of purchasing equipment and literature by partner universities within the framework of the SARUD project was resolved. They talked about subscriptions to various electronic literature bases. On the purchase of literature on paper carriers (from universities it is necessary to provide the final versions of the subscription).

An important issue is the continuation of the dissemination of information on the implementation of the SARUD project. In each university on the university's website there should be a page of the project where is possible constantly post thematic materials. Also, information can be reflected on SARUD Facebook, Science News, Media.

The Czech University of Natural Sciences offered to publish the materials of the project participants in the Compilation of the International Conference to be held in CULS, Prague, on 7-8 June 2018.The conference is cited in the Web of Science. Foreign partners of the Hohenheim University, the Czech University of Natural Sciences, and the Warsaw University of Natural Sciences told about the high requirements for articles in international scientific bases, the procedure for submitting articles and suggested to publish  a joint article in the journal with high impact factor about content and implementation of the SARUD project.

All participants of the meeting noted the high activity and productivity of the members of the Steering Committee of the SARUD Erasmus + project.