The kick-off partnership meeting of “Boosting the Green Future via University Micro-credentials” international project (B-Green-ED) was held on 7 December 2022 at the Bulgarian Institute for Standardization.
The project is funded by Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, managed by the Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC) – the Programme’s National Agency for Bulgaria.
The main objective of the project is to boost the European green economy and climate neutrality through the development of innovative practices in the higher education. This will be achieved through the implementation of micro-credential courses which will educate university students in knowing standards which support the green objectives. The curricula will be designed in cooperation between the two national standards bodies and four universities participating in the project.
The ultimate objective is to facilitate the provision of flexible, accessible, and inclusive education on standards and standardization, which has been recognized as a gap in the European educational system. The improved university programmes will provide the industry with qualified young professionals who are able to meet the labour market needs and who can support the businesses with specific knowledge, skills and innovations to respond to the European policies and objectives in the transition to a green and digital economy.
The major project result is to have at least 10 micro-credential courses, on a digital learning platform, with training curricula and learning content related to standards in support of the European green transition. At the end, the micro-credentials will be officially recognized by the partner universities at national level.
The project is implemented by:
BDS will be the leading partner for the realization of one of the work packages (WP)– Development of the micro-credentials.
The kick-off meeting was attended by representatives of all partner organizations. On behalf of BDS, along with the project management team, participated also Mrs. Iren Dabizheva, Managing Director, and Mrs. Lilia Kostova, Director of Standardization. The event began with presentation of each partner organization. Mr. Yanislav Zhelev - representative of Burgas Free University (Project Coordinator), made an overview of the objectives, main activities, timetable and expected results of the project.
Short presentations of the WPs Research, Development and Exploitation were made by the respective WP leaders – Mr. Yanislav Zhelev (BFU), Mrs. Rositsa Georgieva (BDS) and Mr. Luis Manuel Sánchez Ruiz (UPV).
The partners discussed in details the project management, financial issues & budget overview, Erasmus+ administrative and financial rules as well as the forthcoming tasks and deadlines in WP Research.
The measures and indicators in Quality Assurance were explained by Mrs. Mihaela Pitu, representative of ASRO who will lead this activity. Finally, the partners discussed and agreed on the dissemination activities, proposed by Mrs. Irena Zemaitaityte (MRU).
Updated information about the project will be available on the project website, which is under development, as well as on BDS website – section About us→Projects→Running.