The third meeting of The Erasmus + project “Knowledge FOr Resilient soCiEty”- K-FORCE, took place on April 25th to 30th, 2017 in Alborg and Esbjerg, Denmark. The partners from Aalborg University in Denmark hosted the four-day event of the K-FORCE project. The first two working days (April 25th and 26th ) took place in Aalborg campus, City of Aalborg while the other two working days took place in Esbjerg Campus, city of Esbjerg.
During the first day (April 25th, Aalborg Campus), reports on Western Balkan countries (WBC) needs for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) master programs and learning outcomes were discussed. Two main survey progresses were reported including i) Survey for Youth ii) survey for professionals. All partner institutions contributed to the implementation of the survey. In addition, all partner universities presented presentations of the developed DRM & FSE Master program curricula including equipping education ICT-based laboratories. Besides, report on EU trends in DRM&FSE PHD presented PhD studies schemes including the structure of the program, the selection criteria of the PhD candidates, the conditions for enrollment, students’ obligations during their studies (e.g. Human resources, laboratories and other capacity for conducting research, research topics)
The agenda of the second day (April 26th Aalborg Campus), started with presentations on agreed modalities and the structure of b-learning material. In addition, employment opportunities after completing Master/ Phd in DRM & FSE were discussed (e.g. data on existing professional capacity in every country, job opportunities, any special conditions, certificates defined by the law). During the second day, modalities for training professional staff, university-industry/public bodies cooperation and special mobility strand scheme were discussed.
The agenda of the third day (April 27th , Esbjerg Campus), started with observing a lecture in a master program (MSc) in Risk and Safety Management on Systems Engineering. Michael Faber (AAU), Linda Nielsen (AAU), Simona Miraglia (DTU), and Sebastian Glavind (DTU) lectured the course. The group work is carried out according to the Aalborg Problem Based Learning (PBL) method. After the student presentations, the director of the program, Mr. Anders Kristensen Schmidt presented the program’s history and vision. K-FORCE participants were introduced the program’s structure, content and didactic methodologies.
In the last day of the K-FORCE study visit (April 28th, Esbjerg Campus), Prof. Michael Faber lectured a course on the topic of Systems Engineering, followed by discussions between the participants of the K-FORCE project.