On May 12, 2020 a Steering Committee meeting of Erasmus + SAGRIS project “Improving postgraduate education in the field of sustainable agriculture and agricultural systems of the future” was held online on the Zoom platform.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Higher School of Economics and Environment Nürtingen-Geislingen, German Institute of Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics (Germany), Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland), Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (Czech Republic), Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia), HEIs of Kazakhstan and Russia aswellas the National Center for Professional and Public Accreditation of the Russian Federation, the Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Agrarian Scientific-Educational Center and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Our university at the online meeting of the Steering Committee was represented by: Ismailova A.S., Meleshenko N.N. and Kitaibekova S.O.
The meeting of the Steering Committee was preceded by an online seminar of the project coordinator on 5 May 2020 from the University of Nürtingen-Geislingen Borsuk Anna and Kazakhstan’s partners of SAGRIS project.
Due to the fact that the coronovirus pandemic violated the project implementation plan (SAGRIS Workplan) and all project activities were transferred to the remote format, and the Project Kick-Off Meeeting did not take place in Ulan-Ude (Russia), all the workers had to be discussed in detail project packages and assess the irreadiness.
The following questions were submitted to the committee meeting by SAGRIS project: a review of the activities carried out from February to May, project management (in particular, the study and sign in gof a partnership agreement), a situational analysis of doctoral education in European universities, Russia and Kazakhstan, a strategy for disseminating project results, a Plan of Quality Control and the involvement of external experts, planning activities, coordination of methodological approaches in the development of modules in accordance with European and national qualifications frame work, discussion of the results of project monitoring by the National Office of Erasmus + in Russia and others.
At the beginning of the meeting, Professor. Dr. Heinrich Schüle, Project Manager, delivered a welcoming speech. He noted that in the current situation it was necessary to work mainly remotely and apply new means of communication, which had an impact on all project participants. At the same time, he noted that the Working Projects are being implemented on time and he hopes that Steering Committee Meeting with a detailed study of the issues of the meeting program will contribute to the implementation of the next planned stages of the project.
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