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Environmental problems and energy efficiency require solutions which cross the traditional subject boundaries, requiring an understanding of social, political and economic issues, as well as scientific and technological principles. National and European legislation and even global agreements will affect how industry manages its affairs. One of the main actions of the European policies and measures is promotion of close links with the local and regional economy through technology and knowledge transfer. Current MSc/PhD courses in the Member States Universities aim to improve the energy, health and environmental performance of new and existing buildings, through the co-education of people who are, or will become, building industry professionals involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings. The courses are interdisciplinary in all their aspects (aims and objectives, content, teachers and students, coursework, etc.) and this is considered a major strength reflecting the nature of the field. These MSc courses are recognized as providing a valuable postgraduate education for building services engineers.

However, in the Partner Country institutions the postgraduate programmes in built environment engineering are still delivered in traditional way without meeting needs of the local/regional economy. Although well established in their specific area of research, the current postgraduate programmes are not interdisciplinary, and therefore do not meet the needs of industry for professionals with much broader knowledge which crosses boundaries between mechanical, architectural and civil engineering. Graduates in one branch of engineering are facing a number of statutory difficulties to pursue their postgraduate education in another branch of engineering. Consequently, the Partner Country institutions are not educating specialists in interdisciplinary fields such as Building Services Engineering, Energy and Buildings, and Building and Environment, which are all well established and well recognized subject areas in the EU. Furthermore, the local/regional economy is unable to employ graduates in interdisciplinary subjects related to the built environment, simply because the existing faculties' bylaws do not recognize the term 'built environment', and consequently making it very difficult to obtain a fully recognized professional status.

Although some changes are taking place, the necessary experience both in linking academia and industry, and in creating the interdisciplinary postgraduate/research programmes in cooperation with industry, is not sufficient. However, defining a modern, high quality curriculum, for example, in building services engineering in cooperation with the local/regional industry is not the only problem. In order to establish and promote close links with the local/regional economy, other significant issues have to be resolved:

The GLOBE project is responding to these challenges. This project, designed as Complementary Measures, is responding to short-terms needs for knowledge transfer to the Partner Country Institutions in developing, promoting and recognising the interdisciplinary MSc/PhD programmes in cooperation with the industry in the range of subjects concerning engineering and the built environment. Knowledge transfer from the EU Members States to the Partner Country Institutions including the Government would contribute significantly to the national reform and development in the area of interdisciplinary postgraduate studies and research in the higher education, while helping the local/regional economy.

Members of the Consortium from the EU countries would transfer their experience in the education and training of students, decision-makers, researches, lecturers and engineering professionals to incorporate the ideas of sustainability, environmental awareness and industry needs in engineering curricula. This project aims to transfer this know-how to the colleagues from the Partner Country Institutions in order to achieve the specific objectives of this project presented in the Section IV of this proposal. This would be essential for the Partner Country Institutions to set targets for comprehensive reforms of their postgraduate programmes related to all subjects crossing borders between mechanical, architectural and civil engineering and in cooperation with the local/regional industry.

More information:

GLOBE: Good Practice Guidelines and Legislation Reform on Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies in Built Environment Engineering

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