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Applied curricula in space exploration and intelligent robotic systems

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General information

Project results

General information 

Project goals:

Adapt, modernize and restructure existing curricula in space exploration and intelligent robotic systems; develop new certified courses, test updated curriculum and disseminate results.

Project objectives:

Analyze educational needs in the targeted area and review current curricula;
Update current programs and curricula according to the latest developments in the target area by the end of the second year of the project;
Develop, implement and accredit a new practice-oriented framework and transferable curricula and modules, including ECTS and an innovative academic environment according to the b-learning methodology;
Bring universities of partner countries closer to the labor market.


Brief description of the project:

Current education in space exploration / robotics in partner countries is largely based on old curricula and textbooks from the 1980s. This leads to simplification, discrepancy with real research and irrelevance with current technological and social problems. On the other hand, the partner countries (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia) have vast experience in advanced research, which is not included in the curriculum, but can be useful for enriching the EU experience. The partners will develop a powerful brand that will ensure competitiveness in attracting students, employees and international partners.

This project emphasizes the national and regional priority of physical science for all partner countries with the Applied Science and Technology subject area through the development of curricula such as space technology / research / remote sensing. Industry ties allow APPLE to address the need for universities to improve the quality of education in connection with the national priorities of the target region.

The government of Belarus adopted a resolution, which was approved by the Council of Ministers (June 10, 2015). Resolution No. 483 is called the Law on State Support of Scientific Activity and ensures the implementation of youth projects in the field of space education, practice in space projects for students and graduates, the use of space information systems and technologies in related industries and the creation of attractiveness for workers in the space industry.

Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia promote industrial and educational cooperation in order to build successful strategic alliances and trade partnerships. This project aims to transfer knowledge between EU / partner country HEIs and partner country institutes in order to modernize university curricula in space exploration and robotic technology.

Brief plan of project activities:

  • Analyze the needs of existing curricula in the designated area;
  • Update existing curricula in the targeted area, including ECTS;
  • Prepare new curricula and modules, accept at the university and accredit at the national level;
  • Develop, publish new courses, textbooks, curricula;
  • Develop / update a collaborative web platform.
  • Prepare documentation for ROBOLAB, purchase / install equipment;
  • Retraining teachers / mentors for the new curriculum;
  • Conduct master classes on the new curriculum based on ROBOLAB and pilot operation of ROBOLAB;
  • Teaching students according to the new program / modules;
  • Internal / external assessment;
  • Conferences / events for the dissemination of information;
  • Full media coverage of the project's activities, including a collaborative web platform;
  • Administration and coordination of the project;
  • Participation / attendance at Coordination Meetings.

Expected results:

  • Analysis / review / updating of current curricula according to the latest developments in the designated area;
  • Development of 14 new basic curricula and 7 transitional modules, including the ROBOLAB (Space Robotics Laboratory) learning environment;
  • Re-qualification of teachers according to the new program and methodology b - learning;
  • Master classes;
  • ROBOLAB pilot operation training;
  • Quality control;
  • Spread of information;
  • Collaborative web platforms;
  • Establishment of TETRO (Technology Transfer Program Office) with stakeholder support;
  • Project management.

Consortium composition:

Belarus:

  • Belarusian State University
  • Belarusian National Technical University
  • Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics
  • Unitary Enterprise "Geographic Information Systems"
  • Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus

Foreign partners:

  • Berlin Technical University TUB (Germany) - coordinator
  • Pierre and Marie Curie University (France)
  • Thomas More College (Belgium)
  • Riga Technical University (Latvia)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • ECM space technologies GmbH (Germany)
  • Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi (Kazakhstan)
  • Almaty University of Energy and Communications (Kazakhstan)
  • Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan)
  • Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education "Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin" (Russian Federation)
  • Kazakh National Technical University named after K.I.Satpayev (Kazakhstan)
  • Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education "Siberian Federal University" (Russian Federation)
  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russian Federation)
  • Southwest State University (Russian Federation)
  • Joint Stock Company "National Center for Space Research and Technology" (Kazakhstan)
  • Aerospace Committee of the Ministry of Investment and Development (Kazakhstan)
  • Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan)
  • Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Russian Federation)
  • JSC "GLAVKOSMOS" (Russian Federation)
  • Научно-производственный центр «Малые космические аппараты» (Российская Федерация)

Contacts:

Saechnikov Vladimir , Head of the Department of Physics and Aerospace Technologies, Faculty of Radiophysics and Computer Technologies, BSU, Professor, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics. sciences.
st. Kurchatova, 5,
220064, Minsk, Belarus
тел.: +375 17 2095833
факс: +375 17 2780417
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coordinator: Berlin Technical University TUB, Germany

Web-site https://robolabor.ee/apple/

Project results and activities

1. Professional development of BSU employees (participation in international conferences, seminars, trainings, etc.):

International conferences and coordination meetings (Technical University of Berlin Berlin 2017, Thomas More College Antwerp 2017, Sorbonne Paris 2018, Riga Technical University Latvia 2018, Minsk November 2019).

Master classes on the training of aerospace specialists from the Technical University of Berlin in 2017, the training of specialists in embedded computer systems from the Thomas More College 2018, robotics from the Sorbonne November 2019

On the basis of BSU, 2 audits of the project implementation were carried out by the National Office of ERASMUS in 2017 and 2018.

2. Improvement of educational / scientific / management activities (development of new and modernization of existing ones: educational programs, methodological support for them, local regulatory legal acts, etc., implementation of best practices in the educational process / management system, etc.):

2 new ones have been developed:

Practical ballistics and navigation
Neural networks
and upgraded 5 available:

Small spacecraft
GIS technology
Information processing methods in a cosmophysical experiment
Satellite navigation basics
Special laboratory "Study of digital signal processing methods based on the ELVIS platform"
curricula for special courses and laboratory workshops for the training of specialists in the aerospace industry.

Teaching technologies in groups and a project method for training technical specialists have been tested and introduced into the educational process.

3. Development of scientific and educational infrastructure (creation of educational and auxiliary structures: centers (laboratories) of creativity, specialized classrooms, etc., the acquisition of educational, scientific, office equipment):

- Created a laboratory of intelligent robotics ROBOLAB, equipped with a computer class for 10 workstations, 3 Fantom4 drones with a set of equipment for unmanned aerial vehicles, software.

- An office for assistance to graduates of technical faculties was created to establish contacts with potential employers TETRO, equipped with office equipment and software. Supervises updating the database of alumni and employers, conducting Career Days, conducting special lecture series for graduates on economic and legal issues.

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