Training LimericksThe 3rd ConSus training took place at the University of Limerick, Ireland. 16 participants from Albania and Kosovo engaged in the training on environmental education elements fostering sustainability innovations from 1st – 4th  September 2015. The participants were firstly introduced to ecology at UL and were provided with innovative instructional methods for teaching and learning. Participants engaged with guest speakers in Education for Sustainable development and were given the opportunity to see how UL engages with industry stakeholders. UL smarter travel and the environmental committee delivered sessions on sustainability triumphs and challenges in HEI’s- both nationally and internationally. Participants visited an Apple Farm where they actively engaged with the processes involved with apple and cider production and engaged in discussion based on ethical practices in food production.

itd conference 2015From 8-10 September 2015 more than 100 researchers around the world met in Basel, Switzerland, to discuss, critically reflect and advance transdisciplinary research and learning.

The ConSus training program and its relation to transdisciplinary learning was presented by Marlene Mader, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, in the session “Learning in and through transdisciplinary processes”. Together with Jonas Meyer, University of Graz, Ms Mader addressed the question ‘Can transdisciplinarity in teaching and learning contribute to regional sustainable development? Scaling up experiences from an EU project in Albania and Kosovo’.

Find out more about the Network for Transdisciplinary Research, and the conference booklet, including program and abstracts of the key note speeches, paper presentations and workshop sessions.

The Consus Project has already started the third year of its implementation. The 3rd Management Meeting was held in July 2015 at the European University of Tirana, focusing on the core issues of project management such as establishment of libraries on Sustainable Development in partner Universities, installment of infrastructure which will facilitate the work of the Network, etc

On the content point of view Consus project managed to do a great step ahead - The first two training sessions has been conducted in Luneburg/Germany and Graz/Austria for lecturers from the partner institutions of Albania and Kosovo. Four more training sessions will be held in order to discuss how to integrate sustainability related issues and regional stakeholders into university teaching. They will be conducted in Limerick/Ireland, Prishtina/Kosovo, Tirana and Vienna/Austria.

Moreover, teaching staff of all 7 HEIs of the ConSus project will finalize more than 80 innovative teaching resources on different topics of sustainability related to both countries, Kosovo and Albania. These teaching resources will be displayed on a web-based platform. They will be downloadable for free in order to be applied also by other interested university lecturers. An added value of this project is the RCE Albania (Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development) which presented a new initiative undertaken by its Network Partner Eco-Tourism Agency.

Projekti i BE: Kurrikula dhe metoda të reja të mësimdhënies

training graz 1Integrative development processes for sustainable and regional development have been discussed together with 21 participants

The 2nd ConSus training took place at the University of Graz from 7-10 July 2015. Organized and moderated by the team of the RCE Graz-Styria, the program consisted of integrative approaches of sustainable and regional development. Among others, the participants discussed present sustainability challenges in Albania and Kosovo, the impact of Social Entrepreneurship and the role of societal stakeholders in sustainable development in lively discussions and role-play games.

Regional development approaches have been illustrated from a practical point of view by an excursion to the “Styrian Vulcanoland” including a discussion with a representative from a regional development agency and a tour at the elder berry farm “Holler Vulkan”. In total 21 participants from all 9 partner institutions from Albania and Kosovo participated at this training.

Download ConSus WP4 Report - Training Graz

luneburg meeting 119 participants from Albania and Kosovo engaged in a training on multi-stakeholder learning and sustainability communication from 5-8 May 2015.
Leuphana University of Lüneburg provided the location for the first out of six training sessions in the course of the ConSus training program on science-society collaborations. During four intensive days 18 participants from seven universities and two NGOs in Albania and Kosovo received insights into inter- and transdisciplinary research and teaching, sustainability communication and multi-stakeholder learning at Leuphana University.
Opportunities for collaborations between universities and social stakeholders for sustainable development were identified and discussed from different perspectives, including the university/lecturer/researcher perspective, the students’ perspective and the stakeholder perspective. The inputs and workshops focused on university teaching with the aim to support the participants in their development of ConSus teaching and learning materials, e.g. workshops on how to describe learning outcomes of courses or how to plan appropriate assessment methods.

More detailed information about the training in Lüneburg can be found here:
Download ConSus WP4 Report - Training Lueneburg

logo unigraz    logo boku    logo leuphana    logo limerick     logo tirana     logo polis     logo durres     logo agricultural university     logo riinvest college      logo universum college    logo haxhi zeka v2     logo qskn    logo indep

logo tempusThis project has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views only of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.