Title of the project: MOBI-US: structured mobilities for ESEE raw materials master programs

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Duration of the project: 2020-01-01 - 2021-07-31

Project leader:

University of Miskolc (HU):

  • Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering

Project partners:

AGH University of Science and Technology (PL):

  • Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering
  • Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection

University of Zagreb (HR):

  • Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (PL):

  • Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology

Research partner:

  • La Palma Research Center

Web page:
Contact person at UNIZG-RGNF: Assistant Professor Uroš Barudžija, PhD
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The aim of the project:

The aim of the MOBI-US project is to strengthen the networking of raw materials-related university master programs by creating a set of structured mobility options for students between the ESEE partnering universities. It may be exemplified with pieces of jigsaw puzzles: each master program has its specialty, which may be missing or less focused in the curriculum of the similar, or in a certain way related program of the partner university. Using the planned student mobility opportunities, the home programs may be complemented with specializations from the partner in both directions. Through this network, master students will have the chance to shift for one semester – using a “mobility window” – to study at the partner university a bit different specialization compared to the home program.

Project description:

Raw materials-related education programs in the ESEE region are considered to be underperforming when compared to Western European ones. One of the reasons for the disparity is the less intensive cooperation between universities and the industry, and weaker development of soft skills – such as communication, creativity, study/work in group, and intercultural sensitivity. Another issue is the weak overall collaboration between ESEE institutions. Closer ties, better understanding and more intensive cooperation would help to bring out these programs from their isolated position and develop their competitiveness. The MOBI-US would like to provide one option to improve the above-mentioned weaknesses of the raw materials-related master programs in ESEE region using coordinated student mobilities. The mobility network will be based on the existing programs with several decades of teaching experience. Instead of creating new joint programs, the project aims to improve the existing, sometimes isolated master programs. Cooperation between the networking institutions will give the opportunity to add an optional new specialization to the original program, which is less developed, or even missing from the education palette of the given country.



Project activities:

The project objectives will be achieved through the following key activities:

  1. Guideline document compilation - mentoring partners, supported by UM and UNIZG-RGNF networking partners, will compile a guideline material for the networking universities in order to help the efficient partner finding and the preparation of documentation background for linked programmes. (2020-01-01 - 2020-05-31)
  2. Portfolio compilation - networking universities (WUST; AGH; UM; UNIZG-RGNF) will compile English portfolios of the relevant master programs, containing the most important data of the program. Content of all portfolios will be prepared in a unified format. The purpose of the portfolios is to build a unified database of all programs proposed by the networking universities. (2020-01-01 - 2020-05-31)
  3. Workshop1 (organized by WUST for 30-35 participants, at the beginning of September 2020) - bring together the leaders of the MSc programs potentially available for enter in the network with a partner universities. First part (led by Aalto) is an overview session about structured mobilities based on the guideline material completed in 1). Second part (led by LPRC) will be a matchmaking session for program leaders of networking universities to find the potential partners to build a joint program with structured mobility window. The result will be a list of 8- 10 paired programs proposed for structured mobility development. (2020-01-01 - 2020-09-15)
  4. Mentoring (Aalto, TU Wien) – it will be completed primarily by e-mail discussions and video conferences between the linked master program leaders and other mentors. The aim is mentoring of the linked partners to develop a solid proposal of the mobility pathways with the joint curriculum, as well as to mentor the linked partners during the development of the joint curricula. Tasks related primarily to the technical and administrative issues of joint programmes are mentored under the coordination of TU Wien, while issues related to industry and policy driven questions, as well as concerning the qualification framework will be coordinated by LPRC. (2020-07-01 - 2021-05-31)
  5. Joint programs' development - the linked partners will develop the mobility pathways between the paired master programs. One Mobility Window (MW) shall contain 30 ECTS (one semester) from the partner’s master program, content of which will be transferred to the home master program as an alternative to the original semester program or as a new specialisation or part of that. It will also contain a course – minimum 5 ECTS – which includes a project-type assignment that aims to approach the EIT Over-arching Learning Outcomes (OLOs). All mobility pathway concepts will be presented and discussed in the Industry Workshop (6). Portfolio materials of the whole MOBI-US pilot network will be presented in a network booklet and in a homepage. (2020-07-01 - 2021-07-31)
  6. Industry Workshop (organized by AGH, December 2020, 30-40 participants) - to introduce the MOBI-US pilot network to a wider group of industry representatives. Primary purpose is to receive feedback from the industrial partners for further improvement of the content of the mobility pathways. First part (coordinated by the UM) is the presentation of the draft version of the MOBI-US network, each mobility pathways as the result of 4) and 5). Second part (led by LPRC) is an improvement session, resulting in a list of recommendations to be considered during the joint curriculum development. (2020-09-01 - 2020-12-30)
  7. Workshop2 (Final project workshop, organized by UNIZG-RGNF, June 2021, 30 participants) – main purpose is to accept the final concept and content of the mobility pathways and establish the MOBI-US pilot network. (2021-04-01 - 2021-06-30)

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