The PureH2O project consortium unifies six partners from three European countries – Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Turkey, including two companies, a research organization (R&D), and three universities.
Its structure follows hierarchic principles, governed by the Project Management Board (PMB), leaded by a Project Coordinator. The Board includes the contact persons of each partner and is responsible for the performance of the project operational phases. The National Partner Offices (NPOs) are responsible for coordination and performance of the project work at local basis. The dissemination and use activities are assigned to Project Dissemination and Use Group (PDUG) and project quality management - to Quality Management Unit (QMU).
The structure of the consortium relies on main players and facilitators from the supporting network. The main players are responsible for wide spreading and optimization of the project outcomes at national and international level. As representatives of decision makers, VET professionals, and social partners, the supporting network participants facilitate the project performance. The main project consortium consists of members with different background and long term experience in various national and European programmes – LdV, Socrates, 6FP and 7FP, NATO and others. Partners have the necessary capacity, experience and competence, and on the basis of their competence the project activities are distributed.
The consortium infrastructure and connections with formal/non-formal education sector ensure direct contact with the target audience. The contacts with SMEs from the same sector help for product testing and feedback analysis.
Orkon International Engineering Training Consulting Co. Inc., Turkey
Orkon is an international engineering, training, consulting and project design organisation in Turkey. It works in infrastructure, water, environmental and transportation projects and design the environmental & water projects to Ministry of Hydraulics and roads projects to General Directorate of Highways, in Turkey and abroad. In the scope of water and environmental projects, it is experienced in the design of water and waste water networks, water distribution lines, sewage collectors, drinking water and waste water treatment plants, storm and drainage projects. In the scope of transportation projects, it is experienced in the design of roads, highway designs, bridge, viaducts, culverts, tunnels & intersection projects. It uses its experience in this field to European Union projects. Orkon knows that taking part in LLP is a great investment for the future educational development; therefore Orkon puts forth a great effort in providing a high quality service throughout partnership, transfer & development of innovation projects. It will use its experience also in this PureH2O project by using its knowhow in the environmental, water, irrigation and drainage field. Orkon has 20 experienced staff working in the company, mostly engineers with high qualified competences.
Niğde University, Turkey
Niğde University (NU) provides higher education to 20 000 students. It was an active member of Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and continues its activities within ERASMUS + actions. In accordance with its mission of becoming an international university, NU has entered into collaboration agreements with foreign institutions to promote the enrichment of teaching and research programs. NU Engineering Faculty has experience in terms of many different engineering areas. NU Environmental Engineering Department (EED) was founded in 1999 under the Engineering Faculty of NU and started its educational activities in 1999 by offering M.Sc. degrees in "Environmental Engineering". Undergraduate program has been initiated in Fall, 2009. The department currently houses two divisions: "Environmental Sciences" and "Environmental Technology" and a robust faculty with young, dynamic, innovative, and highly qualified academics. On the other hand, Environmental Engineering Department performed many international ( EU) and national (TUBITAK, NU SRPU) projects.
Gazi University, Turkey
Gazi University is one of the few universities whose history dates back to 1920s in Turkey with faculties from education to communication, from fine arts to engineering, sports to forestry, medicine to pharmacy, dentistry to science as well as economics to technology. Gazi University educational facilities are spread out in five different campuses. With 80,000 students and more than 7,000 staff (academic, technical and administrative) the university is on par with the world average in terms of the number of students per instructor. GU is very decisive and ambitious in fulfilling the requirements of the Bologna Process to which Turkey became a party to in 2001. The university started a bilateral cooperation for students and academic staff mobility immediately after receiving Erasmus University Charter in 2004. In 2005, GAZI University became active member of the European Universities Association (EUA).
PLANART is a 16 years old company working on environmental projects, and planning and urban design. Regional and master planning in every scale, coastal zone management planning, multi hazard risk mitigation planning are all implemented by PLANART. In addition to its planning works, another group of experts in the company composed of experienced engineers are focused on environmental protection issues. Planners and environmental experts work together combining their views in a holistic way, which makes the company distinguishable compared to other similar companies. Environmental department have several projects on coastal management, natural and cultural resource management and environmental impact studies. Consultancy services on site selection studies (mostly for water and wastewater treatment plants, sanitary landfills), policy and strategy development, project development and management are given by the company. Company's staff and directors have 30 years experience in collaboration and consultancy with local authorities on environmental friendly (ecoplanning) planning studies concerning the protection of natural resources including water resources. PLANART has very experienced staff working in the company, mostly engineers with high qualified competences.
R&D Center "Biiointech" Ltd., Bulgaria
Research and Development Center “Biointech” Ltd. (R & D “Biointech”) is founded in accordance with European strategic goal to increase the role of R & D in introducing new knowledge into education and technological innovations. It promotes research and development in the area of consumer and environmental friendly technologies, information and communication technologies by bringing together experts in that field from Bulgarian and European Universities, research organizations, industry and decision policy making institutions. R & D “Biointech” possesses expertise in the field of production, application and economic planning in the field of Green Biotechnology and especially Green Energy and Bioeconomics. The team of R&D Center “Biointech” involve experienced educators and trainers. The participants are members from all levels of education. They are experienced educators in textbook writing, quality assurance issues, curriculum development, new training techniques as well as provision of trainings in VET with adults and youth. Training is one of our main lines, which is aimed at both active adults and unemployed, in order to allow them to adapt to a constantly changing work environment within a society and a market increasingly competitive. R&D Center “Biointech” is targeting in adaptation of adults and young people to the transformations of educational, technological and physical environment through improvement of their communicational and social skills, exchange of experience and knowhow of good practice in national and international level. It also can offer to the project partnership own staff expertise and competence in governing as contractor/coordinator/expert of multinational projects under different EU initiatives – TEMPUS, INCO-Copernicus, 5FP, NATO, Socrates/Erasmus, LdV I and LdV II programmes, ERASMUS+.
Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen Netherlands
OPEN UNIVERSITY OF THE NETHERLANDS (OUNL) is the internationally recognised Top No.1 Dutch University for Online Learning, Welten Institute is one of the biggest European & international research institutes in: technology-enhanced learning (TEL); effective, efficient & enjoyable learning (FEEEL); as well as teaching & teacher professionalization (TTP). ONUL is responsible for the testing and evaluation of project deliverables as well as profile identification of groups for testing in each country and target institution.Prof. (KR) Christian M. Stracke coordinated and supervised many research projects on quality and evaluation in e-Learning funded by the EC (amongst them: ARISTOTELE, AGRICOM, WACOM, eCOTOOL, VOA3R, COMPAT, SIMBASE, OERTest, OPAL, CEN eLearning Quality, TRIANGLE, EQO, eACCESS).
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