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This joint curriculum development project has been selected for funding in 2015 by the European Industrialised Countries Instrument Education Cooperation Programme (ICI-ECP). The project has the main objective to contribute to the education and training of future scientists and executive engineers in the EU and Republic of Korea in the fields of modelling and managing projects in hydro-technologies and environment.
HydroInformatics, meanwhile a global concept, has emerged as a central element for the progress of modelling activities and management of capacities in the sustainable development of water resources in aquatic environment. The global aim of the management is to avoid or minimize risk of crisis as water supply, irrigation, floods, and wastewater treatment that have been identified as key priorities for the 21st century especially in the new and complex urban environments.
The project Euro-Korea Msc Hydroinformatics Engineering (EK-HYDRO)
has the main objective to contribute to the education and training of future scientists and executive engineers
in the EU and the Republic of Korea in the fields of modelling
and managing projects in hydro-technologies and environment through an innovative master degree.
These professionals have vocation to assist local and regional communities, national and international entities,
public services and to be in volved in private companies.
The project, in this light, responds to the growing demand on such qualified professionals
from the major leading enterprises in the hydroinformatic and water management field in the EU and Korea, such as
Suez Environnement, Veolia Water, Samsung and K-Water but also in the IT sector such as IBM, Oracle, ESRI or LG.
The project starts in October 2014 and ends in September 2018.
The consortium consists of 4 EU institutions:
as well as 3 Korean institutions:
The main activities carried out in the project are:
Joint Master course (awarding double degrees) which involves the definition and setting up of mutually important teaching modules and courses;
Student mobility arrangement with the goal that 20 EU students and 36 Korean students will be mobilized over the project life;
Teaching staff mobility arrangement with the goal that 16 EU scholars and 9 Korean scholars will be mobilized over the project life;
Building-up organisational framework in terms of agreements on tuition waiver and recognition or transfer of credit.
Implementing an innovative master course focused on needs of an emerging professional sector.
All partner institutions are well established in Hydroinformatics engineering and related fields in terms of education, research and professional training.
All of them possess rich experiences in organizing student mobility for study and work placement abroad, and are engaged in the pursuit of educational excellence in an international context.
The initiative has been explored upon years of cooperation among partner institutions of various kinds of academic activities.
All partners are committed to develop their existing organizational structures by this joint commitment to act as an entity. Further participation of enterprises, industries, and public entities ensures the long-term sustainability of this multilateral cooperation. In addition the consortium aims to develop innovative ICT-based methods and tools for pedagogic practice and service in Hydroinformatics engineering, which can be applied to other collaborative education and training initiatives and easily duplicated and implemented in other disciplines.
ICI-ECP Education Cooperation Programme refers to EU cooperation with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the Republic of Korea in the field of higher education and vocational education and training. The programme includes regional and bilateral cooperation projects based on joint EU - Partner Countries funding and mutual agreement on the selection of higher education partnerships.
The ICI-ECP is part of the Industrialised Countries Instrument (ICI) that promotes cooperation between the European Union and seventeen industrialised and other high-income countries and territories in North America, the Asia-Pacific region and the Gulf region. It contributes to fostering the relations of the European Union (EU) with countries and territories which often share similar values, are important political and trading partners, and play an active role in multilaterl fora and in global governance.
The following activities are supported:
ICI-ECP activities provide funding for international curriculum development projects between the EU and the Partner ICI-ECP countries. They can involve short term mobility, in the case of Joint Mobility projects,
as well as long term mobility and the award of joint or double degrees in the case of Joint Degree projects.
Selected consortia set up exchange frameworks whereby EU students typically spend one semester or one year in the Partner Country institution and vice versa, with full recognition of the study period abroad by the home institution. Support is destined to both higher education and training institutions and includes mobility grants for students and scholars, as well as flat rates/fixed amounts for administering the projects.
Each proposal must be based on a consortium formed of institutions from the EU and from one given Partner Country. Projects will be selected and funded bilaterally between the EU and each Partner Country.