The preparatory phase will consist of a SWOT analysis of the existing Asian curricula and a review of the EU curricula, to see which matches can be found. Different aspects will be analysed: teaching, learning and assessment methodologies, learning outcomes, handbooks/training materials, etc.
The consortium will also identify the generic skills and knowledge on food production related topics to prepare the training program and to set exact methodological, educational and technological requirements. The topics and typology of the training materials will be described. The necessary supporting training tools (e.g. self-assessment tool, virtual field practice exercises etc.) will also be determined. This phase will be completed by month 4.
In the development phase (M4 to M33) we will work with different target groups:
- 18 academic trainers, linked to Curriculum Development (WP2): here we will use the “train the trainers” approach: a group of 18 local academic trainers is trained and they will on their turn train other academic staff at their home university. During the 5-days training workshop in Hue, the local trainers will be trained in the underlying training methodology which will be thoroughly presented and explained to the participants. Furthermore, the trainer will receive detailed instruction on how to use the learning material, on how to conduct the pilot training courses and on all the actions they will have to undertake for the full support of the trainees. The members of the Regional Food Training Team will then train the rest of trainers in their own “training of trainers” and create an important multiplier effect. The 18 trainers will also be the core group taking the lead in the development of new curricula. They will go on a 2-week study visit to the EU partner universities.
- 10 Tech Transfer officers, linked to Tech Transfer & Valorisation (WP4): the target group here is more specific and smaller than the wider group of academics targeted on the long run for Curriculum Development. HUST is the only university which currently has a unit dealing with Technology Transfer and Valorisation. At the other universities staff still has to be selected. The consortium will set criteria for selection and organise an open competition. There will be a 5-day workshop in Phnom Penh for these 10 TT officers which includes training on: basic tech transfer skills,entrepreneurship and transferable skills . The group can easily be expanded to a larger group by involving local enterprise staff members from the associate partners, which will already create interaction between universities and enterprises.
- 10 International Relations Officers, linked to Internationalisation and networking (WP5): the target group here is already quite defined, as almost all Asian partners have a (small) International Office. This group will be trained in Phnom Penh for 5 days on internationalisation strategies, mobility management, organisation of international offices, project management etc.
Quality (M1 to M36):
There will be a Quality Assurance Board composed by representatives of Porto, CBHU, YEZIN and Hue.
They will be responsible for drafting a quality plan, focusing on QA for the project management and academic QA for the courses developed with clear milestones and indicators, addressing internal and external QA. The quality plan will be presented at the second Steering Committee meeting.
Dissemination (M1 to M36):
There will be 3 national dissemination events and 1 regional final dissemination conference. RUA will host the website and UGent will take the lead for the project publications. Each partner university will disseminate the project, its activities and results, within their university through various existing channels (website, newsletters, infodays, mailings etc) and within their existing international networks. The Ministries will be actively involved for dissemination at national and regional level. The associate partners will help with dissemination towards other stakeholders of the project such as other authorities, enterprises in the food sector etc. Dissemination will take place throughout the whole lifetime of the project.
Management (M1 to M36):
A clear management structure will be set up at the start of the project as already described in section D, and as a detailed consortium agreement will be drafted.
There will be 6 project meetings throughout the project lifetime, of which 2 will be combined with a national dissemination event and one with the final regional dissemination conference
All partners will deliver 6-monthly financial reports via an excel tool (FRIC: financial report for internal control), accompanied by supporting documents. They will also provide annual input for the progress reports of EACEA.