ENGINE – “Engineering curricula modernization in renewable energy in Albanian Universities”, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and led by Polytechnic University brings together 11 partners. The project aim is the modernization and internationalization of VET and Bachelor curricula in Engineering for Renewable Energies in the targeted universities in Albania through innovation of curricula in line with the new development in the area and the labor market demand. The use of renewable energy sources and the improvement of energy efficiency ensures a sustainable economy based on the conditions of scientific development. In order to meet all national objectives and obligations set by the EU for member states, but also for candidate countries (such as Albania), it is necessary to raise awareness of the younger generation on the use of RES, improve energy efficiency, design curricula and upgrading existing ones, training academic staff and building laboratories, expanding the network of collaboration with International Higher Education Institutions for the recognition and implementation of modern energy technologies.
The ENGINE project aims to adapt, modernize and restructure existing engineering curricula in renewable energy that perfectly fits into the development strategies of Albania in curriculum modernization of engineering education.
Its specific objectives are:
- To analyze the educational needs in engineering for renewable energies through problem and job analysis, and to define the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies of engineers in the sector of renewable energies in terms of learning outcomes.
- To design syllabi and course content and assessment for compulsory and elective courses in VET and bachelor engineering education for renewable energy to meet the market needs and upgrade the university academic offer accordingly.
- To develop new e-learning courses with modular structure for the innovated curricula of Partner HEIs and to establish a platform for knowledge sharing between Albanian HEIs and program partner institutions.
- To innovate the laboratory equipment and to perform a pilot test and to start the implementation of the joint modules/courses’ delivery during the last project year.
The Consortium of ENGINE Project is composed of the following partners:
P1. Polytechnic University of Tirana [UPT], Albania – Lead Partner
P2. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven [KU Leuven], Belgium
P3. Technical University of Sofie [TUS], Bulgaria
P4. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens [NKUA], Greece
P5. Kadir Has University [KHAS], Turkey
P6. European University of Tirana [UET], Albania
P7. ‘Aleksander Moisiu’ University of Durres / UAMD, Albania
P8. Professional College of Tirana [KPT], Albania
P9. Albenecon, Albania
P10. Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education [ASCAL], Albania
P11. Creative Thinking Development [CRE.THI.DEV], Greece