Cross the Bridge
Project period: 1.09.2017 - 31.05.2019Funding: Erasmus + Strategic PartnershipBudget: 143 053 €Partners: Lead partner: Árskoli, Iceland; IIS G. B. Pentasuglia, Italy; Mittelschule Gersthofen, Germany; Cross Culture International Foundation Cyprus Ltd, Cyprus; Lykeio A Ethnarchi Makariou III Pafou, Cyprus; Directorate of Secondary Education Ilia, Greece.
Cross the Bridge is a Erasmus+ Project which, in today`s reality of rising mobility and big move of people in Europe, is trying to offer integration solutions to the educational systems which are faced with numerous challenges. One of the weakest points in educational systems is primary education, where successful integration is supposed to begin, but where it also so often fails. Lack of help and guidance for students with foreign background (especially, newly-arrived) at schools exposes them to higher risks of bad attendance, low grades and, eventually, dropping out of school.
The main aim of Cross the Bridge is to combine several streams of activities under one brand-initiative, which is the Welcoming Centre. Preparation, set up and operation of them, which will provide space, materials and solutions for involved teaching personnel, will become integrated with partner schools` activities to ensure that all needs of students with foreign background are met.
The proposed project aims to address the problems of three groups in a comprehensive way:
Rethinking Regional Studies: the Baltic-Black Sea Connection (BBSR)
Project period: 15.10.2017 – 14.10.2020Funding: Erasmus + programme Key Action 2 Capacity BuildingBudget: 603 016 €Partners: University of Tartu, Estonia; Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine; Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland; Lund University, Sweden; Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania; Mariupol State University, Ukraine; Odessa National I. I. Mechnikov University, Ukraine; Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
The objective of the project is to modernise regional studies in Ukraine through implementing an English-language MA programme in the Baltic and Black Sea region studies. At its core, the project is meant to add value to Ukrainian universities in satisfying the need for comprehensive knowledge in the discipline of international relations and regional studies. The 2-year MA programme in Baltic and Black Sea Region studies, which will be implemented in English at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (IFNUL), as well as the modules implemented in other Ukrainian universities, will provide an excellent opportunity for the students to obtain an interdisciplinary learning experience, combined with innovative teaching practices. The programme will be oriented for both Ukrainian and foreign students, whose academic interests or practical activities are closely related to the Baltic and the Black Sea Region.
The project also provides training to the Ukrainian teaching staff in modern teaching methodology and helps to modernise the teaching environment.
SpaceTEM - Training the next generation entrepreneurs with handson methods in space STEM
Project period: 01.03.2017 - 31.12.2019Funding: European Regional Development Fund EstLatSum: Overall budget is 583,350 EUR, out of which the European Regional Development Fund contribution is 495,847.50 EUR.Partners: Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu, Estonian Student Satellite Foundation and sTARTUp Hub from Estonia, University of Latvia, Ventspils University College, Heliocentric Technologies Latvia and Green and Smart Technology Cluster from Latvia.
SpaceTEM is a new EstLat project which aims to initiate the development of NewSpace industry in Estonia and Latvia through a series of mutual activities. These activities include:
SpaceTEM takes upon itself the task of unifying Estonian and Latvian students, entrepreneurs, universities and even policy makers in the field of space technology and NewSpace. Participants from both countries will work together to fill gaps in knowledge, share ideas and collaborate on new initiative.
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TEST-4-SME - Laboratory network for testing, characterisation and conformity assessment of electronic products developed by SMEs.
Project period: October 2017 - September 2020Funding: Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) / European Regional Development FundTotal budget: 1 775 300 €ERDF contribution: 1 453 195 €Partners: University of Tartu (Leading Partner), Riga Technical University (LT), University of Latvia (LT), Ventspils University College (LT), Applied Research Institute for Prospective Technologies (LV), Centria University of Applied Sciences Ltd (FI), Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design (DE), JSC Modern E-Technologies (LV).
TEST-4-SME initiates an innovation support network in the Baltic Sea region to provide testing and consultation for electronics SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) during early product development. Tests and consultations focus on how to demonstrate conformity with international standards. All electronic products need to prove conformity to standards, which requires testing of product prototypes. Early stage testing can help avoid failures in later stages and can thus save costs.
The network members advise and train enterprises’ staff in conforming to standards and share knowledge across the network to improve the quality and efficiency of testing in order to speed up the process of product development for electronics enterprises.
In the scope of the project, seven enterprises test the network's services. The project compiles a list of electronics testing labs, creates governing rules for the network and analyses demand for existing testing services in the region. The network is open to other electronic testing labs. Some investments into testing equipment are planned. Laboratory staff is to be trained. Testing services are evaluated and the long-term sustainability strategy planned.
Training to Identify and Support Older Victims of Abuse (TISOVA)Project period: 1.09.2017 – 31.08.2020Funding: Erasmus + programme Key Action 2Budget: 212 017,00 EURPartners: Women’s Support and Information Centre (Estonia), Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (Greece), Voimaa Vanhuuteen – osk Voiva – Empowering Old Age Coop (Finland), University of Tartu (Estonia) and Women Against Violence Europe (Austria).
- to train workers/volunteers of senior centers and older people to identify and provide assistance to elderly victims of abuse.
- to design an interactive training programme that provides active and innovative learning opportunities to educate key groups about violence against older people, especially women
- to strengthen the capacity of those who work with the elderly (such as at senior centers) to respond to specific needs of older women victims
- to contribute to a better understanding of the experiences and needs of elderly (female) victims of domestic violence and to empower them to seek assistance or take other action to break the cycle of violence
- to contribute to stakeholders’ implementation of elder abuse policu into practice, especially in relation to gender specific issues.
Development of “at a DIStance” COunselling Skills for professionals in the field of Counselling Women Victims of Violence or Abuse (DIS.CO.)
Project period: December 2017 – November 2019Funding: Erasmus + programme Key Action 2Budget: 225 805 EURPartners: UWAH - Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (Greece) (LP); The Queen's University of Belfast (United Kingdom); University of Crete (Greece); University of Tartu (Estonia); Women’s Support and Information Centre (Estonia); Mesokeleas LTD, Frederick University (Cyprus); Nothern Ireland Rape Crisis Association (United Kingdom); M&M Profuture Training, S.L. (Spain); Women Against Violence Europe (Austria).
• Strengthen cooperation, exchanges and networking between Partners on the topic of counselling at a distance for women victims of violence or abuse;
• Improve work-based skills of counsellors working with women victims by developing counselling at a distance skills through development and delivery of VET;
• Promote innovative practices in the field of counselling women victims and exploit ICT potential through developing/ improving ICT related skills and setting up virtual workplaces;
• Improve the capacity of participating organisations as well as other interested ones through the production and dissemination of training material and courses for staff and volunteers;
• Deliver efficient services of high quality for victims of violence or abuse in the context of victim support.
NEET U Re-mobilizing experienced and resourceful seniors as NEET brokers to help young people change depressed NEET situations
Project period: September 2015 – March 2018Funding: Erasmus + programme Key Action 2Project coordinator: Pistes Solidaires (France)Partners: University of Tartu (Estonia), Consiliere Economico-Sociala Oltenia (Romania), Ekonomiski Institut Maribor (Slovenia), Fondazione Risorsa Donna (Italy), Associazione Centro Studi Foligno (Italy), Pere Tarres Foundation Barcelona (Spain), University of Chester (UK), Working with Europe (Spain)
Re-mobilizing experienced and resourceful seniors as NEET brokers to help young people change depressed NEET situations is one of the first attempts in Europe to systematically put the 21st century social innovation agenda to work: how can social change be brought about through new citizen-driven alliances in the communities, through mobilizing available resources for important needs and without putting additional pressure on public services? The NEET U project combines two of the most important social and educational challenges in 21st century Europe - re-activating the overwhelming social and educational potential of the increasing number of experienced seniors in society to help counter the dramatic increase in depressed social situations among young people with the mission to generate social and educational value from the dynamic interaction between these two “out of economy” population groups.
The project will produce and share the following key outcomes: project website, portfolios of senior social entrepreneuring and policy papers.
Project website: http://www.neetu.eu
Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent (UPTAKE)
Project period: February 2016 - February 2019Funding: H2020 TwinningProject Coordinator: University of Tartu (Estonia)Partners: University of Uppsala (Sweden), University of Kent (UK)
As of February 2016, the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies together with the Center for EU-Russia Studies is the leading partner in a Twinning project funded by the European Commission under a Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691818. The goal of the project is to increase research productivity and excellence and to promote international visibility and integration of the three partner universities in the field of Russian and East European Studies by creating a framework for cooperation and transfer of knowledge. One of the key activities of the project is the organization of the annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies.
Project website: www.uptake.ut.ee
Working with Healthcare Organizations to Support Elderly Female Victims of Abuse (WHOSEFVA)
Project period: 01.12.2016-30.11.2018Funding: European Commission under Rights, Equality and Citizenship ProgrammeSum: 356 024,27 EURPartners: MTÜ Naiste Tugi- ja Teabekeskus / Women's Support and Information Center (EE), University of Tartu (EE), Women’s Line Finland (FI), Kilcooley Women’s Centre (UK), Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (GR), Marta Centre (LV), The Austrian Women’s Shelter Network (AU), Women against Violence Europe (AU).
WHOSEFVA is a new project funded by the European Commission which aims to improve the knowledge of health care professionals on how to recognize and treat domestic violence, especially among older women.
For implementing different project objectives, there will be conducted several mutual activities such as:
Project webpage: http://whosefva-gbv.eu/et/
PANEL2050 – Partnership for New Energy Leadership 2050
Project period: 01.03.2016-31.03.2019Funding: HORIZON2020 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)Sum: 1,790,500 EURPartners: Tartu Regional Energy Agency (Estonia); University of Tartu (Estonia); University of Life Sciences (Estonia); Vidzeme Planning Region (Latvia); IAERPA (Lithuania); Mazowia Energy Agency (Poland); AgEnDa (Czech); ConPlusUltra (Austria); Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (Slovenia); WWF Hungary; Local Energy Agency of Bucharest (Romania); WWF Bulgaria; Balkan Development Solutions (Macedonia)
The aim of PANEL 2050 project is to create durable and replicable sustainable energy networks in Central and Eastern European countries at local (municipality/community) level, where relevant local stakeholders collaborate for the creation of a local energy visions, strategies and action plans for the transition towards low carbon communities in 2050. Central and Eastern Europe Sustainable Energy Network (CEESEN) is created to unite different energy actors in the region to become the new energy player on the EU energy market.
In the project University of Tartu:
The PANEL 2050 project will not choose a specific focus on a certain type of stakeholder, but will try to work at the local level and assemble all relevant and available stakeholders related to sustainable energy. Introducing stakeholder concept to energy planning helps to generate sustainable energy policies and create more sustainable future for Europe
Project webpage: https://ceesen.org