The strengthening of internationalisation is one of the five strategic priorities of  Kaunas University of Applied Sciences Integrated Development Strategy 2020.

Effective international exchange of students and staff, joint international projects/applied research activities, attraction of foreign lecturers, development of cross-cultural competences serve for the implementation of the following strategic objectives:

  • to improve the international openness of higher education;
  • to seek for the international significance of applied research;
  • to ensure constant professional development of academic staff.

Our main focus of international activities is on the following internationalization areas:

  • international exchange of students and staff
  • Attraction of foreign lecturers,
  • Internationalization of study programmes at “home”
  • Participation in international projects and applied research.

Every year more than 300 students from our institution participate in the exchange programmes or other mobility activities and over 200  foreign students are coming to us.

We focus on

  • creating a favourable environment for internationalization,
  • developing the competencies of academic staff and other staff required to work in a multicultural environment,
  • preparation of study programmes and courses in English.

The academic community of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is sincerely concerned regarding the political situation in Belarus. We express our solidarity with the people of Belarus and support the democratic aspirations of our neighbouring country. For the sake of it:

  • we are ready to accept students having the Belarus citizenship on preferential terms. We shall offer free tuition fee for a certain number of full-time studies for students, who have become victims of the regime.
  • we invite the students from our partner universities in Belarus who have become victims of the academic repressions and not able to continue their current studies to transfer their studies to one of our study programmes.
  • our staff members are encouraged to run joint activities with their colleagues in Belarus.

More information about:

Contacts: incoming@go.kauko.lt

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences has been awarded  with an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020.

By signing the Charter, the Institution undertakes to contribute to the European Union’s modernisation and internationalisation agenda in higher education, which includes 5 priorities:

  • Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs;
  • Improving the quality and relevance of higher education;
  • Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation;
  • Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development;
  • Improving governance and funding.

The Kaunas University of Applied Sciences  Erasmus Policy Statement 2014-2020 sets out the institution’s overall Erasmus co-operation plan in coherence with the strategy defined in the mission statement of the institution and specifies the measures and actions we  intend to introduce in order to fulfil the requirements of the Charter.

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is represented in various international associations and networks:

  • EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education);
  • EAIE (European Association for International Education);
  • BUSINET (Network for the Development of Business Education Programmes);
  • ICEIGATM (International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic  Arts: Technology and Management);
  • ENPHE (European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education);
  • EFRS  (The European Federation of Radiographer Societies)
  • UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT (a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment  and anti-corruption).

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is an active participant of various NordPlus networks comprising  institutions from Nordic and  Baltic countries:

  • EkoTekNord (Nordic – Baltic network, promoting cooperation in the fields business, information technology, engineering, logistics and media);
  • WELLTOUR (Nordic – Baltic network promoting wellness tourism);
  • NEWELRA (Nordic – Baltic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas);
  • Nordejordemodern (Nordic – Baltic network  promoting  cooperation  in midwifery).

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences has over 200 “Erasmus+” Inter Institutional agreements  with HEIs  in 37 countries.

The bilateral cooperation agreements are signed with HEIS  in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

The main functions  of the International Relations Services are :

  • Developement of the  international partnership;
  • Organisation and administration of student and staff international exchanges;
  • Coordination of the implementation of „Erasmus+“ programme
  • Recruitment of the international students

Strengthening of the Academic Recognition System (KAPRIS-2)

Project number: 09.3-2-ESFA-V-710-01-0001
Period: 2015/10/20 – 2021/12/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Studies and Applied Research Unit
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Jolanta Valiaugienė

Project coordinating institution: Study Quality Evaluation Centre
Project partners: ALYTAUS KOLEGIJA/ University of Applied Sciences, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Kaunas University of Technology, Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Centre of Information Technologies in Education, Utena University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vytautas Magnus University, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius University.
Project summary: The KAPRIS-2 project envisages the development of a system for the academic recognition of foreign qualifications related to higher education and the optimization of the qualification assessment process. This will be achieved by developing and / or implementing measures to ensure a faster process of qualification assessment and the provision and receipt of information related to qualifications, and to introduce automatic recognition of qualifications. Also, by facilitating cooperation between recognition authorities and public awareness of the system. During the project, it is planned to prepare descriptions of education systems of 26 countries, supplement 3 already prepared country descriptions, new relevant information, create information system (electronic academic recognition space), prepare higher education institutions for implementation of recognition process, review and improve processes of higher education institutions with recognition rights, organize training of higher education institutions, and to prepare information tools for raising public awareness about the system of academic recognition.

The project is implemented in accordance with the European Union Funds Investment Operational Program 2014-2020 Priority 9 “Public Education and Increasing Human Resources Potential” implementation measure 09.3.2-ESFA-V-710 “Strengthening of Monitoring, External Evaluation and Recognition of Qualifications”
The source of financing is the European Regional Development Fund and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Increasing Study Availability

Project number: 09.3.1-ESFA-V-708-01-0001
Period: 2015/09/01-2021/04/22
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Studies Administration Services, Project Office
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Rita Liutkienė, Lina Kuratienė

Project coordinating institution: State Studies Foundation
Project partners: Kolping University of Applied Sciences, Lithuanian University of Education, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, SMK University of Applied Social Sciences, Lithuania Business University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Business School of Vilnius University, Vilnius Business College, Vytautas Magnus University, Zemaitija College, Northern Lithuania College, Lithuanian Maritime Academy, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, ALYTAUS KOLEGIJA/ University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Engineering Sciences, Klaipeda University, Šiauliai University, Utena University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius College of Design, European Humanities University, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Kaunas Forestry and Environmental Engineering University of Applied Sciences, Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences, Lithuanian Sports University, Marijampole University of Applied Sciences, Mykolas Romeris University, Panevėžio kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Šiauliai State College, Graičiūnas School of Management, Lithuania Business University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Vilniaus kooperacijos kolegija, Vilnius University, LCC International University.
Project summary: This project aims to improve the accessibility of higher education and the quality of studies for students with special needs. To achieve this goal, the project promoter will improve the study conditions for students with special needs: each month will provide a targeted allowance, and will monitor this process, inform and consult on the receipt and use of benefits, assess how the information and physical environment of higher education institutions is adapted to students’ special needs and ways to improve it, disseminate information on measures to increase access to study and make it easier and more convenient to access it. In order to improve the quality of studies, it is planned to organize trainings, meetings, discussions on the issues of increasing the availability of studies for higher education staff, to analyze what subject competencies of higher education staff should be developed. The activities envisaged in the project will be aimed at creating a universally accessible study environment that will encourage people with special needs to pursue higher education.

The project is implemented in accordance with the European Union Funds Investment Operational Program 2014-2020 Priority 9 “Public Education and Increasing Human Resources Potential” implementation measure 9.3.1-ESFA-V-708 “Increasing the availability of studies”
The source of financing is the European Regional Development Fund and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Development of new food components and target livestock raw materials based on concentrated whey powder

Project number: J05-LVPA-K-03-0044
Period: 2017/04/30-2021/05/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies, Project Office
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Ingrida Kraujutienė

Project coordinating institution: UAB “Litamilk”
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: UAB “Litamilk” is the only company in Lithuania and Latvia that produces milk powder substitutes, enriched with various vitamins and microelements, and seals for a healthy and balanced diet of calves. The projects are aimed at research into the functional properties of concentrated whey powder and the development of new products based on concentrated whey powder. Most of the research with whey powder is on waste model systems, but their application in the food industry and in target destinations for the production of livestock raw materials has not been analyzed in detail. There is no research and evidence on how concentrated whey powder additives can improve the properties of technological products, what dependence of these properties on heat treatment, pH of the medium, components of products, oxygen content and other actions. The project partner is the research and study institution Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, in its laboratory will be performed concentrated microbiological research of whey powder to determine the possibilities of their application in the production of novelty products. The result of the project: research into the functional properties of whey powder, developing experimental technologies for the production of new products, producing and testing the prototypes of 5 new products for the food industry and 2 prototypes of new target livestock raw materials for the livestock sector. The development and implementation of new products envisaged in the project would enable UAB “Litamilk” to offer cheaper (because it is made from local raw materials) and healthier (without GMO, no added sugar, no allergenic plant-derived materials, thanks to the use of concentrated whey powder enriched with useful nutrients) products to companies in the Lithuanian and export markets.

The project is implemented in accordance with the European Union Funds Investment Operational Program 2014-2020 Priority 1 “Promotion of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation” implementation measure No. J05-LVPA-K “Intelligence. Joint science-business projects”.
The source of financing is the European Regional Development Fund and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Renovation of Infrastructure of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences Academic City and Concentration of Resources

Project number: 09.1.1-CPVA-V-720-02-0002
Period: 2017/07-2020/12
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Project Office
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Paulius Baltrušaitis

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to create an attractive and competitive study environment for Lithuanian and international students and to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the entire Kaunas region.

During the project, Pramonės ave. 20 exterior of the existing academic building, engineering networks and part of the interior will be renovated. In addition, electronic locks will be purchased and installed in the academic building, the network of which will form a common access control system. It is expected that this will create a study environment that meets the modern quality requirements, which will help to maintain the existing flows of students and will ensure the attractiveness of study services provided by Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, and the recognition of graduates’ qualifications. In addition, the project will allow to implement the goal set in the Strategy 2020 of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences -t o create an integrated academic campus in Pramonės ave., Kaunas, thus concentrating on the network of study buildings currently managed by the University.
The project is implemented in accordance with the European Union Funds Investment Operational Program 2014-2020 Priority 9 “Public Education and Increasing Human Resources Potential” implementation measure 09.1.1-CPVA-V-720 “Concentration, Improvement of Study Environment and Infrastructure and Development of Information Systems”.
The source of financing is the European Regional Development Fund and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/kartu-su-pavasariu-nauji-darbai-kauno-kolegijoje-vyksta-infrastrukturos-atnaujinimas/
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/kauno-kolegijos-infrastrukturos-atnaujinimas-studiju-programu-konkurencingumui-didinti/

Woodworking: Professional Skills and Motivation for Economically Inactive Žaliakalnis Youth

Project number: 08.6.1-ESFA-V-911-02-0003
Period: 2018/08-2020/11
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education, Project Office
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Aistė Dičkalnytė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: VšĮ “Gražinkime Kauną”
Project summary: Based on the principles of social responsibility and sustainable development, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences and the public institution “Gražinkime Kauną” are implementing this social project.  The aim of the project is to improve the labor market situation of young (16-39 years old), economically inactive residents of Žaliakalnis Eldership by implementing the local development strategy of Žaliakalnis in Kaunas city. The project aims to help young and economically inactive residents of Žaliakalnis Eldership to acquire and / or restore skills in the fields of wooden house restoration, exterior and interior details, souvenir production.

The project is implemented in accordance with the Measure 08.6.1-ESFA-V-911 “Implementation of Local Development Strategies” of the 2014-2020 EU Investment Operational Program Priority 8 “Increasing Social Inclusion and Fighting Poverty”.
The source of financing is the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/muf/socialinio-projekto-skirto-zaliakalnio-jaunimui-dalyviai-restauravo-autentiskas1928-aisiais-statyto-medinuko-isores-ir-vidaus-duris/
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/prisijunkite-prie-kauno-kolegijos-ir-grazinkime-kauna-organizuojamu-mokymu/
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/startuoja-projektas-ekonomiskai-neaktyviam-zaliakalnio-jaunimui-medzio-talka

Non-formal Vocational Training and Skills Provision for Employable Inactive Youth

Project number: 08.6.1-ESFA-T-927-01-0157
Period: 2020/01/01 – 2021/01/29
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Lijana Navickienė

Project coordinating institution: Šilutės Hugo Sheu Museum
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to improve the situation of employable inactive young people in the labor market of Šilutė by providing them with restoration knowledge and practical skills while developing community spirit and promoting volunteering. During the project, inactive persons will be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary for the restorer profession. The project is intended to organize non-formal education training (vocational) and voluntary internship for economically inactive young people at the Restoration Center of Šilutės Hugo Sheu Museum and to encourage their work motivation. During the implementation of the project, three activities are planned: training in the restoration of wooden elements, voluntary internship in the workplace, and educational trip-seminar to promote motivational work activities. During the implementation of the project, the participants will be taught the subtleties of restoration of wooden objects in Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, will perform voluntary practice in Šilutės Hugo Sheu Museum, will meet with the restoration staff of Pranas Gudynas Centre for Restoration in Lithuanian National Museum of Art. It is expected that the acquisition of practical skills in the workplace during the project activities will encourage a part (at least 20% of project participants or 2 persons) to feel like full members of society and enter the labor market.

The project is implemented in accordance with the Measure 08.6.1-ESFA-T-927 “Accelerated Implementation of Local Development Strategies” of the 2014-2020 EU Funds Investment Operational Program Priority 10 “Socially-responsive and Advanced Public Management”.
The source of financing is the European Social Fund and the budget of Šilutės Hugo Sheu Museum.

Effects of Green Zones Implementation from the Sustainable Development Point of View: Šakiai City Case

Project number: 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-22-0077
Period: 2020/11/03 – 2021/04/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Valdemaras Makutėnas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The project aims to improve students’ scientific competence and skills through practical research. During the project, a research will be carried out to study the economic, social and environmental effects of the implementation of green zones in Šakiai and to submit proposals for its improvements. Therefore, statistical information of Šakiai district municipality will be used, a survey of Šakiai city residents and interviews with the responsible employees of the municipal administration departments will be conducted. The relevance and novelty of the study is based on the requirements of the EU directives and other legal acts as well as international agreements for the implementation of the green economy concept, reduction of environmental pollution, creation of new job openings and tourist attractions in the region. The obtained results will be useful for the development of strategic programs for region development.

The project is implemented in accordance with the 2014-2020 Operational Program for the European Union Funds Investments in Lithuania under Measure 09.3.3-LMT-K-712 “Development of Competences of Scientists, Other Researchers and Students Through Practical Research Activities” sub-activity “Development of Students’ Abilities by Conducting Research During the Semester”.
Funding instrument – European Social Fund, the implementation of the measure is managed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania and the Research Council of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/kauno-kolegijoje-bus-dar-sparciau-pletojamos-studentu-tyrimines-kompetencijos/

Methodology for Identifying Fake News

Project number: 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-22-0015
Period: 2020/11/03 – 2021/04/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Lina Šarlauskienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The main goal of the project is to train a young researcher and develop competencies by conducting a study on ways to identify fake news and developing a practical methodology for recognizing fake news. During the project, the study will include analysis of scientific and other reliable literature and empirical research – qualitative interview. The systematization of the obtained information will be aimed at elucidating the main criteria for the assessment of fake news and developing a methodology for identifying fake news. Information about the spread of fake news in Lithuania often appears in the media but this problem exists not only in our country. The spread of fake news is global and affects the social, cultural, economic and political life. Fake news, misleading information and its lightning-fast spread are currently one of the biggest challenges of free, democratic states. In order to introduce young researchers to the threats and recognition methods of fake news, the project aims to develop a methodology for recognizing fake news that will help the public to identify fake news quickly and clearly.

The project is implemented in accordance with the 2014-2020 Operational Program for the European Union Funds Investments in Lithuania under Measure 09.3.3-LMT-K-712 “Development of Competences of Scientists, Other Researchers and Students Through Practical Research Activities” sub-activity “Development of Students’ Abilities by Conducting Research During the Semester”.
Funding instrument – European Social Fund, the implementation of the measure is managed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania and the Research Council of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/kauno-kolegijoje-bus-dar-sparciau-pletojamos-studentu-tyrimines-kompetencijos/

Behavioral Characteristics in Selection and Use of Cosmetics Among Men and Women

Project number: 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-22-0043
Period: 2020/11/03 – 2021/04/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Lijana Navickienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to improve the research skills of a young researcher-student by conducting a study of the behavioral peculiarities of men’s and women’s cosmetics selection and use. The project aims to promote the involvement of the young researcher-student in research activities and to develop his/her research skills. This will be achieved through a study of behavioral patterns in the choice and use of cosmetics among men and women. The research is aimed at solving the research problem – what are the behavioral characteristics among men and women in the choice and use of cosmetics? Theoretical and empirical researches are foreseen to be carried out in order to achieve the project goal. Theoretical research will include analysis of scientific and other sources using various theoretical research methods to describe the classification of cosmetics, their purpose, theoretically substantiate the factors influencing the criteria of cosmetics selection, the formation of consumption habits emphasizing gender differences. The empirical research will include a quantitative strategy. The data will be collected using the written survey method. The results of the research will be presented in the research report and at the student conference organized by Research Council of Lithuania. The results of the study will complement the limited scientific discourse on the choice and use of cosmetics, revealing gender behavioural differences of choice and use of cosmetics.

The project is implemented in accordance with the 2014-2020 Operational Program for the European Union Funds Investments in Lithuania under Measure 09.3.3-LMT-K-712 “Development of Competences of Scientists, Other Researchers and Students Through Practical Research Activities” sub-activity “Development of Students’ Abilities by Conducting Research During the Semester”.
Funding instrument – European Social Fund, the implementation of the measure is managed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania and the Research Council of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/kauno-kolegijoje-bus-dar-sparciau-pletojamos-studentu-tyrimines-kompetencijos/

 

Perception of Social Worker and Social Work: Profession Image and Service Quality

Project number: 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-22-0017
Period: 2020/11/03 – 2021/04/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Daiva Bubelienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to provide students with competencies that would enable them to independently plan the implementation and successful application of social research in practical professional activities, based on modern scientific methods. During the project, in the free from classes time, a student of Social Work study program from Kaunas University of Applied Sciences under the guidance of the research manager and according to an individual program will conduct an applied social research relevant to science and society “Perception of Social Worker and Social Work: Profession Image and Service Quality”, and gain modern researcher competencies.

The project is implemented in accordance with the 2014-2020 Operational Program for the European Union Funds Investments in Lithuania under Measure 09.3.3-LMT-K-712 “Development of Competences of Scientists, Other Researchers and Students Through Practical Research Activities” sub-activity “Development of Students’ Abilities by Conducting Research During the Semester”.
Funding instrument – European Social Fund, the implementation of the measure is managed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania and the Research Council of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/kauno-kolegijoje-bus-dar-sparciau-pletojamos-studentu-tyrimines-kompetencijos/

Integrated Sports: from Theory to Match Challenges

Project number: SRF-KT-2019-1-0062
Period
: 2019/09 – 2020/12
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Andrius Brusokas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to improve the qualifications of people working with people with disabilities by introducing a form of integrated sport. The initiated project is in line with the internal strategic documents of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of sports policy management and contributes to the common goals. The program of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania enshrines the goal of providing adapted services to people with special needs by allocating funding for the training of people working with disabilities, and by promoting the implementation of programs and projects aimed at the most vulnerable target groups: the disabled. The project directly responds to the National Progress Program for 2014-2020, the overall goal of which is to improve the quality of life, strengthen social cohesion and ensure equal opportunities for all, and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Physical infrastructure is a fundamental condition for the development of cultural services. However, available human resources severely limit the ability to provide high quality services. Therefore, it is necessary to modernize all segments of this network and improve the qualification of employees.
This project will have a direct impact on the qualifications of people working with people with disabilities, thus increasing the modernization, attractiveness and quality of their activities for local communities. It is hoped that the implementation of this project will create conditions for improving the quality of life of people with disabilities and will contribute to the participation of various society groups in physical activities. The Lithuanian Health Program 2014–2025 talks about prevention programs aimed at avoiding possible injuries. Following the implementation of the project, sports clubs and organizations will employ trained staff who will contribute to this goal.
In order to achieve the set goal, the following tasks are set:

  1. To organize integrated sports trainings in different Lithuanian cities, training 80 participants.
  2. To organize integrated basketball and football competitions in Lithuania.

Expected results:
The project provides theoretical and practical training, to which coaches and employees of sports clubs/organizations for the disabled will be invited. Training in five different Lithuanian cities (Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Marijampolė) will ensure the development of integrated sports not only in a particular city and will allow most disabled people to participate in training closer to their place of residence. One-day training is planned for 8 hours. The training is divided into two parts – theoretical (introducing the peculiarities of integrated sports, the uniqueness of working with the disabled and healthy people at the same time, and methodologies) and practical (playing integrated football and basketball, revealing the subtleties of integrated sports). The trainings will be led by 2 lecturers of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences. During the practical classes, they will be assisted by 4 volunteer students of Sports Management study program of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences. After completing the integrated sports training and having a group of people who understand the subtleties of integrated football and integrated basketball games, integrated sports competitions will be organized in different Lithuanian cities (Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Marijampolė). The organization of the competition will allow to feel the competitive atmosphere of the integrated sports teams – 2 teams in each city, a total of 10 teams, at least 7 people in each. It is likely that this will significantly promote the popularization of integrated sports throughout Lithuania.
Source of funding – Sports Support Fund.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/ziniasklaidoje-apie-kauno-kolegijos-pletojama-sportas-visiems-modeli/

Promotion of Agricultural Product Processing by Candies-Pastilles Production Without Added Sugar

Project number: 14PA-KK-19-1-08729-PR001
Period
: 2020/10/01 – 2022/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Ingrida Kraujutienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to encourage farmers to produce candies – pastilles without added sugar when processing agricultural products. The project is intended to demonstrate to farmers, their partners, farm workers, other natural or legal persons engaged in agricultural activities how to use added sugar in the processing of agricultural products on farms and in the production of sweets. During the implementation of the project, according to the prepared demonstration test methodology, 10 demonstration tests will be installed, the results of which will be summarized in recommendations and presented at publicity events. Demonstration tests will demonstrate that the use of added sugar may not be necessary for the processing of agricultural products and the production of pastilles.
The project is implemented in accordance with the activity area “Support for Demonstration Projects and Information Activities” of the measure “Knowledge Transfer and Information Activities” of the Lithuanian Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
The source of financing is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Use of Waste-free Technologies to Improve the Processing of Crops on Horticultural Farms

Project number: 14PA-KK-17-1-01489-PR001
Period
: 2018/10/01 – 2020/12/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Ingrida Kraujutienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: In order to improve the processing of grown products in horticultural farms, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is implementing a project that will demonstrate how to maximally process farmed products and produce flour confectionery products of exceptional taste, enriched with dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals that meet the body’s physiological needs and the principles of healthy diet. The process of plant food production leaves a lot of nutritious, completely unused raw materials that are utilized. Farmers growing pumpkins and wishing to process their produce locally will have the opportunity to learn about the production aspects of flour products during the project. During the implementation of the project, farms and small businesses will aim to demonstrate how to use all the valuable parts of pumpkin fruit as efficiently as possible in the production of wheat products – brioche pastries.
The project is implemented in accordance with the activity area “Support for demonstration projects and information activities” of the measure “Knowledge transfer and information activities” of the Lithuanian Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
The source of financing is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania
News:
https://www.agroeta.lt/paramos-lesomis-mokslininkai-ukininkams-rengia-mokymus

https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/tf/miltines-konditerijos-gamybos-inovacijos-ir-tendencijos-maisto-pramoneje/

Sports Progress

Project number: SRF-SRO-2020-1-0242
Period
: 2020/08/03 – 2021/05/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Sports Centre
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Laura Mekšriūnienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to promote physical activity of Lithuanian students and through mass sports events. The initiated project responds to many strategic documents in the field of sports policy management of the Republic of Lithuania and contributes to the common goals. The target group of the project is young people (age 16-29) studying in Lithuanian educational institutions (general education schools, gymnasiums and universities of applied sciences). It is planned to attract around 300 people during the whole cycle of events. Young people will be invited to participate not only from Kaunas city, but also from Alytus, Vilnius, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, Utena, Marijampolė and Panevėžys. The project will help a young people to better realize themselves and develop character traits. Young people who play sports learn better, it is easier for them to concentrate, which is reflected in both scientific and sports achievements. By participating in the project, young people will not only improve their body, improve their health, achieve personal results, but also learn teamwork. Active sports activities develop strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, balance, dexterity and other physical qualities. Also, students and schoolchildren who perform sports activities have higher self-esteem and have more confidence.
Project objective is to increase the physical activity of young people (about 300 people).
Expected results: the project will organize 4 mass events, during which it is expected to attract at least 300 people aged 16-29. Young people from different educational institutions will be invited to participate. During the events, 5 different sports will be presented and 1 theoretical-practical seminar will be held. Involvement of students and community of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences in physical activity and creation of a sports society. Through the implementation of the project, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences will contribute to the creation of sustainable development initiatives not only in Kaunas but also in Lithuania, and will develop institutional cooperation. After testing various sports activities, it is expected to interest young people and evaluate sports as one of the means of employment, to promote a more active and healthy living.

Management of Lithuanian Herbaceous Feed Base Using Satellite Data and Innovations in Agricultural Science (LIPIN)

Project number: 35BV-KK-18-1-06618-PR001
Period
: 2020/04/21 – 2023/04/10
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Ina Živatkauskienė

Project coordinating institution: PI Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Truskavos ŽŪB, farmers Jonas Baublys, Gintaris Petrėnas, Tautvydas Jungevičius, Evaldas Laucevičius, UAB “Agrolina”.
Project summary: The aim of the project is to create an interactive service that would operate on the basis of an interactive database, interactive tools and public access electronic tool (interface), and help to efficiently and operatively identify the condition of farms and problems, provide problem-solving recommendations and forecast the increase of farmland productivity.
During the project, a system will be created on the basis of the use of satellite data, which will allow farmers to obtain the necessary information at minimal cost and maximum efficiency, thus reducing costs by using agrotechnical and agrochemical measures to solve grassland quality problems.
The project is implemented in accordance with the activity area “Support for the creation of EIP activity groups and development of their activities” of the measure “Cooperation” of the Lithuanian Rural Development Program 2014–2020.
The source of financing is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Innovative on-farm methods for the production of canned meat

Project number: 14PA-KK-19-1-08732-PR001
Period
: 2020/10/01 – 2022/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Žydronė Žarskienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to encourage farmers to use innovative methods of producing canned meat on farms. The project is designed to demonstrate to farmers, their partners, farm workers, other natural or legal persons engaged in agricultural activities how innovative methods of meat canning can ensure the long-term freshness of meat. During the implementation of the project, according to the prepared demonstration test methodology, 10 demonstration tests will be installed, the results of which will be summarized in recommendations and presented at publicity events. Demonstration tests will demonstrate how canned meat can be produced without the use of food additives and that the final product will be healthier and more attractive to the final consumer.
The project is implemented in accordance with the activity area “Support for Demonstration Projects and Information Activities” of the measure “Knowledge Transfer and Information Activities” of the Lithuanian Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
The source of financing is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Promoting the Production of Juice Drinks That Preserve Biologically Valuable Components on Farmers' Farms

Project number: 14PA-KK-19-1-08731-PR001
Period
: 2020/10/01 – 2022/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Aušra Šimonėlienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to encourage farmers to use innovative berry processing methods and to produce soft drinks rich in natural bioactive substances in order to improve the processing of grown products on berry farms.
The project aims to demonstrate to farmers, their partners, farm workers, and other natural or legal persons engaged in agricultural activities how the processing of products in berry farms can optimize the yield of biologically valuable components (anthocyanins and vitamin C) and produce high value-added juice drinks. During the implementation of the project, according to the prepared demonstration test methodology, 10 demonstration tests will be installed, the results of which will be summarized in recommendations and presented at publicity events. Demonstration tests will demonstrate that scientific progress can be used to process berries and biologically valuable components (anthocyanins and vitamin C) can be preserved.
The project is implemented in accordance with the activity area “Support for Demonstration Projects and Information Activities” of the measure “Knowledge Transfer and Information Activities” of the Lithuanian Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
The source of financing is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Factors Shaping the Prestige of Pre-School and Pre-School Pedagogy: Students' Attitudes

Period: 2020/06/01 – 2020/12/15 Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Sigita Saulėnienė

Project coordinating institution: Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Panevėžio kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Šiauliai University.
Project summary: The aim of the project is to develop the creativity, critical thinking, initiative, citizenship, ability to conduct applied research and cooperate on a national scale in students of Lithuanian higher education institutions by analyzing students’ attitudes to the factors shaping the prestige of the teacher. Members of Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences and student research societies of project partners will jointly conduct an applied research “Factors Shaping the Prestige of Pre-School and Pre-School Pedagogy: Students’ Attitudes”. Students’ project activities in the study will start with a discussion with an expert pedagogue in order to refine the picture of the factors shaping the prestige of pre-school and pre-school pedagogy. There will also be meetings of participants with pre-school and pre-school education teachers of three Klaipėda kindergartens: ‘Čiauškutė’, ‘Žiogelis’ and ‘Vyturėlis’. Students, in communication with educators-practitioners, will be able to refine the list of factors shaping the prestige of the profession. The qualitative research that is planned in the scope of the project will be carried out on the basis of scientific workshops. The choice of such an inclusive and interactive approach will encourage students’ creativity, scientific and critical thinking. In the processes of continuous cooperation, the acquisition of new experiences and planning, implementation and control of qualitative research, the students’ civic initiatives will be responded to and the need for improvement will be encouraged.
The project is implemented in accordance with the Study and Science Development Program of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania: Civic, Scientific, Creative and Sports Student Project Competition 2020.
The source of funding is the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/pradetas-vykdyti-projektas-ikimokyklines-ir-priesmokyklines-pedagogikos-prestiza-formuojantys-veiksniai-studentu-poziuris/

https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/muf/pedagogikos-katedra-dalyvauja-nacionaliniame-projekte-ikimokyklines-ir-priesmokyklines-pedagogikos-prestiza-formuojantys-veiksniai-studentu-poziuris/
https://panko.lt/2020/12/15/ikimokyklines-ir-priesmokyklines-pedagogikos-prestiza-formuojantys-veiksniai-studentu-poziuris-tyrimo-ataskaitos-santrauka/

Analysis of Student Work and Studies Combination in the Fields of Pedagogy, Social Work and Health Sciences

Period: 2020/07/01 – 2020/12/15 Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education / Department of Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Sigita Saulėnienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius kolegija / University of Applied Sciences.
Project summary: The main goal of the project is to promote students’ involvement in scientific activities and to develop their research skills. This goal will be pursued through the analysis of studies and work activities of students in the fields of pedagogy, social work and health sciences. The project is aimed at finding out the international and Lithuanian experience of higher education institutions, while creating better conditions for students to combine studies and work. The cases of Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipėda Universities of Applied Sciences were selected to present the experience of Lithuanian higher education institutions. The project also aims to determine the ability of students of Lithuanian higher education institutions (KUAS, VUAS, KSUAS) to combine studies and work, as far as it is related to the student’s own needs and interests, the conditions created by the higher education institution, and the needs and opportunities of employers. To achieve this goal, students of KUAS and its partners will jointly conduct a study of students’ possibilities to combine studies and work, and will interview employers, representatives of universities’ administration and lecturers about the working students’ motivation to study. The aim of the project is twofold: 1) to provide recommendations to higher education institutions on the combination of studies and work in higher education institutions in order to improve the quality of students’ studies and work; 2) to develop the abilities of students of different Lithuanian Universities of Applied Sciences to perform applied scientific activities. Participants are students of Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipėda Universities of Applied Sciences aiming to master modern research methods and strengthen their ability to cooperate in applied research.
Based on the results of the research, recommendations for higher education institutions and employers on the opportunities, key advantages and disadvantages of combining studies and work will be prepared. The recommendations will contribute to more successful synergy of studies and work. This will create preconditions for improving the quality of studies in higher education and strengthening the competitiveness of students in the labor market.
The project is implemented in accordance with the Study and Science Development Program of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania: Civic, Scientific, Creative and Sports Student Project Competition 2020.
The source of funding is the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania.
News:
https://pdf.viko.lt/fakultetas/projektai/pedagogikos-socialinio-darbo-ir-sveikatos-mokslo-krypciu-studentu-studiju-ir-darbo-derinimo-analize/

Innovative on-farm methods for the production of canned meat

Project number: 14PA-KK-19-1-08732-PR001
Period
: 2020/10/01 – 2022/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Žydronė Žarskienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to encourage farmers to use innovative methods of producing canned meat on farms. The project is designed to demonstrate to farmers, their partners, farm workers, other natural or legal persons engaged in agricultural activities how innovative methods of meat canning can ensure the long-term freshness of meat. During the implementation of the project, according to the prepared demonstration test methodology, 10 demonstration tests will be installed, the results of which will be summarized in recommendations and presented at publicity events. Demonstration tests will demonstrate how canned meat can be produced without the use of food additives and that the final product will be healthier and more attractive to the final consumer.

The project is implemented in accordance with the activity area “Support for Demonstration Projects and Information Activities” of the measure “Knowledge Transfer and Information Activities” of the Lithuanian Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
The source of financing is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Promoting the Production of Juice Drinks That Preserve Biologically Valuable Components on Farmers' Farms

Project number: 14PA-KK-19-1-08731-PR001
Period
: 2020/10/01 – 2022/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Aušra Šimonėlienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project summary: The aim of the project is to encourage farmers to use innovative berry processing methods and to produce soft drinks rich in natural bioactive substances in order to improve the processing of grown products on berry farms.

The project aims to demonstrate to farmers, their partners, farm workers, and other natural or legal persons engaged in agricultural activities how the processing of products in berry farms can optimize the yield of biologically valuable components (anthocyanins and vitamin C) and produce high value-added juice drinks. During the implementation of the project, according to the prepared demonstration test methodology, 10 demonstration tests will be installed, the results of which will be summarized in recommendations and presented at publicity events. Demonstration tests will demonstrate that scientific progress can be used to process berries and biologically valuable components (anthocyanins and vitamin C) can be preserved.
The project is implemented in accordance with the activity area “Support for Demonstration Projects and Information Activities” of the measure “Knowledge Transfer and Information Activities” of the Lithuanian Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
The source of financing is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

Factors Shaping the Prestige of Pre-School and Pre-School Pedagogy: Students' Attitudes

Period: 2020/06/01 – 2020/12/15 Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Sigita Saulėnienė

Project coordinating institution: Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Panevėžio kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Šiauliai University.
Project summary:
The aim of the project is to develop the creativity, critical thinking, initiative, citizenship, ability to conduct applied research and cooperate on a national scale in students of Lithuanian higher education institutions by analyzing students’ attitudes to the factors shaping the prestige of the teacher. Members of Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences and student research societies of project partners will jointly conduct an applied research “Factors Shaping the Prestige of Pre-School and Pre-School Pedagogy: Students’ Attitudes”. Students’ project activities in the study will start with a discussion with an expert pedagogue in order to refine the picture of the factors shaping the prestige of pre-school and pre-school pedagogy. There will also be meetings of participants with pre-school and pre-school education teachers of three Klaipėda kindergartens: ‘Čiauškutė’, ‘Žiogelis’ and ‘Vyturėlis’. Students, in communication with educators-practitioners, will be able to refine the list of factors shaping the prestige of the profession. The qualitative research that is planned in the scope of the project will be carried out on the basis of scientific workshops. The choice of such an inclusive and interactive approach will encourage students’ creativity, scientific and critical thinking. In the processes of continuous cooperation, the acquisition of new experiences and planning, implementation and control of qualitative research, the students’ civic initiatives will be responded to and the need for improvement will be encouraged.
The project is implemented in accordance with the Study and Science Development Program of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania: Civic, Scientific, Creative and Sports Student Project Competition 2020.
The source of funding is the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/pradetas-vykdyti-projektas-ikimokyklines-ir-priesmokyklines-pedagogikos-prestiza-formuojantys-veiksniai-studentu-poziuris/
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/muf/pedagogikos-katedra-dalyvauja-nacionaliniame-projekte-ikimokyklines-ir-priesmokyklines-pedagogikos-prestiza-formuojantys-veiksniai-studentu-poziuris/
https://panko.lt/2020/12/15/ikimokyklines-ir-priesmokyklines-pedagogikos-prestiza-formuojantys-veiksniai-studentu-poziuris-tyrimo-ataskaitos-santrauka/

Prevention of Purchase and Sale of Study Papers by Developing Academic Integrity

Period: 2020/06/01 – 2020/12/15 Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Edita Pažereckaitė

Project coordinating institution: Panevėžio kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Šiauliai State College.
Project summary: The aim of the project is to develop the creativity, critical thinking, initiative, citizenship, abilities to carry out applied research and cooperate on a national scale by conducting a qualitative research ” Prevention of Purchase and Sale of Study Papers by Developing Academic Integrity” of students of Lithuanian universities of applied sciences. Students’ project activities in the study will begin with a discussion with a STT representative on generating research areas and defining the research field. Students will conduct a qualitative research on the basis of the project workshop. This will encourage students’ creativity, scientific and critical thinking. In the processes of continuous cooperation, acquisition of new experiences and planning, implementation and control of qualitative research, the students’ civic initiatives will be responded to and academic integrity will be fostered.

The project is implemented in accordance with the Study and Science Development Program of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania: Civic, Scientific, Creative and Sports Student Project Competition 2020.
The source of funding is the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania.
News:
https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/studentai-vykdo-projekta-studiju-darbu-pirkimo-pardavimo-prevencija-pletojant-akademini-sazininguma/

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Analysis of Student Work and Studies Combination in the Fields of Pedagogy, Social Work and Health Sciences

Period: 2020/07/01 – 2020/12/15 Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education / Department of Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Sigita Saulėnienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius kolegija / University of Applied Sciences.
Project summary: The main goal of the project is to promote students’ involvement in scientific activities and to develop their research skills. This goal will be pursued through the analysis of studies and work activities of students in the fields of pedagogy, social work and health sciences. The project is aimed at finding out the international and Lithuanian experience of higher education institutions, while creating better conditions for students to combine studies and work. The cases of Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipėda Universities of Applied Sciences were selected to present the experience of Lithuanian higher education institutions. The project also aims to determine the ability of students of Lithuanian higher education institutions (KUAS, VUAS, KSUAS) to combine studies and work, as far as it is related to the student’s own needs and interests, the conditions created by the higher education institution, and the needs and opportunities of employers. To achieve this goal, students of KUAS and its partners will jointly conduct a study of students’ possibilities to combine studies and work, and will interview employers, representatives of universities’ administration and lecturers about the working students’ motivation to study. The aim of the project is twofold: 1) to provide recommendations to higher education institutions on the combination of studies and work in higher education institutions in order to improve the quality of students’ studies and work; 2) to develop the abilities of students of different Lithuanian Universities of Applied Sciences to perform applied scientific activities. Participants are students of Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipėda Universities of Applied Sciences aiming to master modern research methods and strengthen their ability to cooperate in applied research.

Based on the results of the research, recommendations for higher education institutions and employers on the opportunities, key advantages and disadvantages of combining studies and work will be prepared. The recommendations will contribute to more successful synergy of studies and work. This will create preconditions for improving the quality of studies in higher education and strengthening the competitiveness of students in the labor market.
The project is implemented in accordance with the Study and Science Development Program of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania: Civic, Scientific, Creative and Sports Student Project Competition 2020.
The source of funding is the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania.
News: https://pdf.viko.lt/fakultetas/projektai/pedagogikos-socialinio-darbo-ir-sveikatos-mokslo-krypciu-studentu-studiju-ir-darbo-derinimo-analize/


Implementation of Colpbol Sport at European Level as a Tool to Improve the Quality of Life Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Europe Colpbol)

Project number: 623073-EPP-1-2020-1-ES-SPO-SCP
Period: 2021/01/01 – 2022/12/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business / Tourism and Leisure Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Jūratė Martinonytė

Project coordinating institution: Coordina Organizacion de Empresas Y Recursos Humanos, S.L (Spain)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), CSI Center for Social Innovation LTD (Cyprus), Kinonikes Sineteristikes Drastiriotites Efpathon Omadon (Greece), Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon (Greece), Asociatia Langdon Down Oltenia-Centtrul Educational Teodora (Romania), Amics del Colpbol (Spain), University of Craiova (Romania).
Project summary: COLPBOL is an innovative and inclusive sport modality successfully implemented in Spain along the last 20 years. It´s a collective sport game that;- encourages the maximum possible participation of all the players whatever their physical, motor level and abilities- minimizes individual differences and requires essential collaboration and collective communication to achieve the final goal of the game, the goal COLPBOL is defined as a “collective invasion sport played by two mixed teams of 7 players in a clearly defined space, the purpose of which is to introduce a ball into the opponent’s goal through hand-hitting”. COLPBOL is a powerful tool for improving Quality of Life of PwID due to, among others. In general terms, its simplicity in terms of technical movements and rules make it easy to be played by PwID and, therefore, increase their involvement in physical activities with the explained benefits in the wellbeing dimension. In specific terms, through the involvement of persons with different abilities, PwID can play with Persons without Disabilities, thus increasing their social inclusion. “EUROPE COLPBOL” project is launched with the main objective of promoting the implementation of COLPBOL as a tool to improve Quality of Life of PwID, including the following specific objectives:

  • Development and transfer of adapted guidelines aimed at PwID to motivate and teach them to practice COLPBOL
  • Development and transfer of a TRAINING PACKAGE aimed at Sports professionals with technical instructions to optimize the practice of COLPBOL involving PwID in sport contexts
  • Development and transfer of a TRAINING PACKAGE aimed at Supports of PwID (Disability Professionals, Relatives, etc) with technical instructions to optimize the practice of COLPBOL involving PwID in occupational and leisure contexts
  • Creation and consolidation of local networks to promote collaboration between sports organizations and the field of intellectual disability

Overparenting – Allow Your Children to Make Mistakes

Project number: 2020-1-PT01-KA204-078497
Period: 2021/01/01 – 2022/12/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Agrupamento de Escolas no1 de Gondomar (Portugal)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Klara s.p. (Slovenia), JUMPIN HUB (Portugal), BETTER FUTURE (Slovenia), CEBDER (Turkey), SYNDICATE KONYA (Turkey), GRADINITA (Romania).
Project summary: The main aim of the project is to improve children’s overall wellbeing and physical and mental growth as individuals with less overprotecting behavior from parents. Children certainly need guidance from their parents because they look up to them, and most of the time, children copy their parents’ act. So it is crucial parents give them direction in such a way, that although children will rely on their parents, they will be able to make their own decisions and the parents will be there for support and advice instead of making decisions for them. We will equip teachers as well as parents with the tools and knowledge to help in different spectres in parenting, to provide them support in raising independent individuals at the same time decrease stress factors for parents.
We will improve healthy and productive child-raising in the family environment provided by our innovation FREE KIDS e-learning courses, besides, help parents to give their children the possibility to fail and grow by making own decisions and raise general interest for the public in the problematic of overparenting.

Realidad extendida en entornos biomedicos (Extended Reality in Biomedical Areas)

Project number: 2020-1-ES01-KA203-082244
Period: 2020/10/01- 2023/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine / Medical Technologies and Dietetics Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Centro Integrado de Farmacion profesional los Gladiol (Spain)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), University of La Laguna (Spain), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), La empresa Geoavance (Spain), Servicio Vasco de Salud Osakidetza (Spain).
Project summary: The objectives of the project are: to bring closer together the reality of biomedical companies and health training centres through mixed reality, augmented reality and virtual reality and to improve the knowledge acquisition of our Students in health care training. To solve the problems described above and to take advantage of the possibilities of extended reality, the project proposes four lines of work that will be materialized in 4 products:

  1. Remote training or Tele-training: a video conference with virtual elements (computer graphics, images, etc.) in which a speaker from a Specialized Biomedical Research Center explains a technique or a device in a biomedical environment to our students, who are physically present at the educational center.
  2. Virtual rendering of professional biomedical environments: the aim is to build virtual working environments faithfully and quickly using BIM technology that can be used on different platforms (mobile, tablet, PC…) or even 3D printing.
  3. Holographic simulators: in this line, the aim is to create virtual simulators of biomedical devices using virtual and mixed reality that have functionalities similar to those of a real device, with the possibilities of enriching the experience with didactic elements.
  4. Holographic tutorials: this is the creation of devices tutorials using holograms and multimedia elements that help students understand and manage them.

Developing Social Enterpreneurial Skills in Higher Education

Project number: 2020-1-LT01-KA203-078013
Period: 2020/11/01 – 2022/10/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Irma Servaitė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Thomas More Kempen VZW  (Belgium), LAB University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Rezekne Academy of Technologies (Latvia), University of Nicosia (Cyprus).
Project summary: This project aims at raising awareness about social entrepreneurship and its benefits around higher education institutions’ community and in wider range, to promote the development of this business model. The objective is to raise awareness about social entrepreneurship and its benefits around teachers, students and society. HEI’s academics’ have skills gaps in this area. It is necessary to development teachers’ competences and update study programmes, to make them more relevant to current Europe’s economic, social model and international labor market situation. It is evident that there is an urgent need to promote social entrepreneurship among educators and to produce highly qualified graduates capable of addressing profound social challenges faced by our communities and Europe in general. Therefore, is it urgent to empower teachers so that they could deliver high quality teaching whereas the development of social entrepreneurship knowledge and competences are emphasized.
In order to achieve the aim of this project it has to be implemented transnationally in collaboration of institutions from different countries with different levels of expertise in the field.

Enchancing Capacity of Universitiesto Initiate and to Participate in Clusters Development on Inovation and Sustainability Principles

Project number: 609944-EPP-1-2019-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Period: 2019/10/15-2022/10/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Irma Servaitė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Bundesanstalt Fur Agrarwirtschaft Und Bergbauernfragen (Austria), Universidad De Valladolid (Spain), Debreceni Egyetem (Hungary), Centro Internazionale Di Altistudi Agronomici Mediterranei (Italy), Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy W Poznaniu (Poland), Scientific And Methodological Center For Higher And Pre-Higher Education (Ukraine), Gromadska Spilka Ukrainska Prodovolca Dolina (Ukraine), Azerbaycan Texniki Universiteti (Azerbaijan), Institute Of Steppe Agriculture Of The National Academy Of Agrarian Sciences Of Ukraine (Ukraine), Poltava State Agrarian Academy (Ukraine), Fermerske Gospodarstvo Dobro-Kraft (Ukraine), Lviv National Agrarian University (Ukraine), Yavoriv National Nature Park (Ukraine), Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University (Ukraine), Institutia Invatamint Universitateade Stat Din Comrat (Moldova), Universitatea Agrara De Stat Din Moldova (Moldova), Societatea Comerciala Terafix Srl (Moldova), Azerbaijan State Agriculture University (Azerbaijan), Suliddinoglu Agricultural Farm (Azerbaijan), Hochschule Fur Agrar- Und Umweltpadagogik (Austria) , Fabrica Oloi Pak Srl (Moldova), Central Ukrainian National Technical University (Ukraine).
Project summary: Aim of the project: development of the potential of universities as an integral part of agro-industrial clusters by the creation of expertise centres as pre-conditions for the development and successful functioning of agro-industrial clusters. These objectives will be achieved through the following activities:
– Organization of workshops, consultations, round-tables in order to present the concept of clusters and to share ideas concerning creation of expertise centers supposed to be transformed into the cluster;
– Training of HEIs and enterprises staff by workshops and study tours;
– Development of legal framework for expertise centres creation: Statutes of expertise centers, post cards, work regulations. Amendments will be done in development strategies of participating HEIs and enterprises;
– Creation expertise centers on following areas: water management and aquaculture, new technologies (IT) in machinery, rural tourism, milk production and processing with the focus on traditional local products, biotechnologies in poultry farming;
– Development and launching of new modules for Master and PhD students as added value;
– Launching of pilot projects: the projects will be defined according to enterprises needs and universities possibilities for scientific elaborations and their application on practice;
– The students’ mobility will be organized in two ways from partner countries to EU and from EU to partner countries;
– In addition to traditional dissemination activities the project foresees the information and promotion campaign among stakeholder to disseminate the EU experience of clusters activity.
Expected impacts: creation of sustainable relations between HEIs and enterprises based on win-win principles, enhancing of practical value of researches; creation of conditions for better integration of innovations into production on the sustainability principles; development of entrepreneurial capacities of HEIs, contribution to the development of local area.

Developing Social Entrepreneurial Skills in Higher Education (SEinHE)

Project number: 2020-1-LT01-KA203-078013
Period: 01.11.2020-31.10.2022
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Irma Servaitė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Thomas More Kempen VZW  (Belgium), LAB University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Rezekne Academy of Technologies (Latvia), University of Nicosia (Cyprus).
Project summary: Following the economic downturns and the disturbance caused by the global pandemic of COVID-19, the need for prosocial activeness is boosted within public communities by the public bodies as well as private companies. The efforts to address societal challenges by the means of markets have never been so acute as they are now. Masks and ventilators produced below costs provide evidence for that.
Social entrepreneurship is the combination of commerce with social issues. Social entrepreneurship (SE) has gained huge importance within the EU. But it is noted that only a few higher education institutions in Europe offer study programmes or a module on Social entrepreneurship. The report “A map of social enterprises and their eco-systems in Europe” (2015) underlines that the most common barrier for social entrepreneurship across Europe is a lack of understanding of the concept. As from November 2020, the EU-funded project “Developing Social Entrepreneurships Skills in Higher Education” Nr.2020-2-LT01-KA203-078013 will be launched in 5 EU countries: Lithuania (Kaunas University of Applied Sciences), Latvia (Rezekne Academy of Technologies), Belgium (Thomas More Kempen VZW), Finland (LAB University of Applied Sciences) and Cyprus (University of Nicosia). This project attempts to shape a common understanding of Entrepreneurship and bring it up to the light to the society.
The Consortium is going to develop an ecosystem of co-learning model, improve curriculum and launch teacher training programmes and create a “Social Entrepreneurship” subject. The involvement of the associated partners such as Kaunas Chamber of commerce, industry and crafts in Lithuania, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Enactus Belgium, Culture and Art Centre in Latvia, and the social entrepreneurship organization Geri Norai LT in Lithuania, will guaranty profound understanding of Social entrepreneurship and most relevant evidence-based knowledge. The transnational cooperation brings in an added value as it transfers the Finish and Belgian practice to the partners in Lithuania, Latvia and Cyprus. A key component of the project is the development of “Train the training programme” which will be implemented and tested during international trainings as well as local ones. This will bring an impact at European level, as the methodology and subjects developed could be used for upgrading any higher education institution’s curricular.

Enhancing Capacity of Universities to Initiate and to Participate in Clusters Development

Project number: 609944-EPP-1-2019-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Period: 15.01.2020 – 14.01.2023
Project website: Under development
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technology
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Daiva Ribikauskienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland), Hochschule fur Agrar – und Umweltpadagogik
Bundesanstalt fur Agrarwirtschaft (Austria), Universidad of Valladolid (Spain), University of Debrecen (Hungary), Centro Internazionale di Altistudi Agronomici Mediterranei (Italy), Scientific and Methodological Center of Higher and Pre-higher Vocational Education (Ukraine), Association “Ukrainian Food Valley“ (Ukraine), Central Ukrainian National Technical University (Ukraine), Kirovograd State Agricultural  (Ukraine), Experimental Station of the Nati (Ukraine), Poltava State Agrarian Academy (Ukraine), Farm enterprise “Dobro-Kraft”, Lviv National Agrarian University (Ukraine), Yavoriv National Nature Park (Ukraine), Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University (Ukraine), Comrat State University (Moldova), Fabrica “Oloi Pak” (Moldova), State Agrirain University of Moldova (Moldova), SC Terafix SRL (Moldova), Azerbaijan State Agriculture University (Azerbaijan), Suliddinoglu Agricultural Farm (Azerbaijan),  Azerbaijan Technical University (Azerbaijan).
Project summary: Aim of the project:  Development of the potential of universities as an integral part of agro-industrial clusters by the creation of expertise centres as pre-conditions for the development and successful functioning of agro-industrial clusters.
These objectives will be achieved through the following activities:

  • Organization of workshops, consultations, round-tables in order to present the concept of clusters and to share ideas concerning creation of expertise centres supposed to be transformed into the cluster;
  • Training of HEIs and enterprises staff by workshops and study tours;
  • Development of legal framework for expertise centres creation: Statutes of expertise centres, post cards, work regulations. Amendments will be done in development strategies of participating HEIs and enterprises;
  • Creation expertise centres on following areas: water management and aquaculture, new technologies (IT) in machinery, rural tourism, milk production and processing with the focus on traditional local products, biotechnologies in poultry farming;
  • Development and launching of new modules for Master and PhD students as added value;
  • Launching of pilot projects: the projects will be defined according to enterprises needs and universities possibilities for scientific elaborations and their application on practice;
  • The students’ mobility will be organized in two ways from partner countries to EU and from EU to partner countries;
  • In addition to traditional dissemination activities the project foresees the information and promotion campaign among stakeholder to disseminate the EU experience of clusters activity.

Expected impacts:
creation of sustainable relations between HEIs and enterprises based on win-win principles, enhancing of practical value of researches; creation of conditions for better integration of innovations into production on the sustainability principles; development of  entrepreneurial capacities of HEIs, contribution to the development of local area.

E-DESIGN – European Digital Education and Global Neighborhood

Project number: 604451-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN
Period: 31.12.2018 – 30.12.2021
Project website: https://www.e-designproject.eu/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technology
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:

Irma Spūdytė

Project coordinating institution: Zentrum FUR Arbeit und Umwelt gGmbH (Germany)
Project partners: Kauno kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences (Lithuamia),  CodeDoor (Germany), A Escola Profissional de Espinho CEPROF (Portugal), The European Institute for Local Development (EILD) (Greece), C.I.P. Citizens In Power (CIP) organization (Cyprus), The Centre for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci”, CSC, (Italy).
Project summary: The purpose of the project “E-DESIGN – European Digital Education for Social Inclusion and Global Neighbourhood” is to contribute to promoting social inclusion and combating social inequalities among disadvantaged groups, especially migrants and refugees, through strengthening their digital competences in order to enhance their labour market opportunities and social participation according to the objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights and ET 2020.
The main goals of the project:
•  Creation of learning offers and activities that lead digital education to rural areas, thereby promoting the importance and impact of digital skills for the future of Industry 4.0;
•  Increase social inclusion of individuals that come from disadvantaged backgrounds, including not only residents from rural areas, but also refugees and migrants;
•  Increase awareness on the importance of digital education and the opportunities that stem from it.

Personal Safety of Medical Personnel in Difficult Professional Situations (SAFEMEDIC)

Project number: 2018-1-PL01-KA203-050652
Period: 01.10.2018 –30.09.2020
Project website: https://www.safemedic.eu/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Wyzsza Szkola Ekonomii, Prawa i Nauk Medycznych im. prof. Edwarda Lipinskiego w Kielcach, Poland
Project partners: Institute of Technology Tralee (Ireland), Vysoka Skola Zdravotnicka (Czech Republic),
Alma Mater Europaea-Evropski Center (Slovenia), Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), International Network for Health Workforce Education (Spain).
Project summary: The International Labour Organization ranked medical professions as the second most vulnerable to violence in the workplace. This view is supported by the consortium’s pre-project research which saw a questionnaire disseminated to key stakeholders and received over 1000 responses. Results showed that only 5.9% respondents with previous patient contact said that they had never been verbally assaulted by patients and 62.5% were victims of physical assault by patients at least once.
The chief goal of the project is to improve the workplace safety of healthcare professionals by increasing their skills and competences in dealing with difficult situations. To achieve this the project consortium will design and develop a complex multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary course for healthcare students, predominantly focused at paramedics and nurses. The didactic materials and project’s intellectual outputs will also be accessible to the rest of the health workforce such as physicians and physiotherapists.

Skills for Baltic Wood Industry – European Quality in Vocational Education and Training

Project number: 601123-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA
Period: 01.11.2018- 31.10.2021
Project website: https://www.skilled-up.eu/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technology
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:

Vytautas Čapas

Project coordinating institution: The Deutsch-Baltische-Handelskammer in Estland, Lettland, Litauen e.V (Germany)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Latvian Association of Woodprocessing Enterpreneurs and Export (Latvia), The Association of Wood Producers and Exporters of West Lithuania (Lithuania), Furniture Cluster of South-East Estonia (Estonia), Lehrinstitut Rosenheim e.V. (Germany), Latvia University of Agriculture (Latvia), Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia (Estonia), AS Latvijas Finieris (Latvia).
Project summary: The wood processing sector is one of the main economy drivers and exporting industries in the Baltics with high growth potential but it is facing a lack of workforce with skills relevant to the current industry development – digital, green and other skills and qualifications recognized internationally.
During recent years the development of work-based learning (WBL) has been a priority of vocational education and training (VET) policy in the Baltic States and Europe. However, the main activities and improvements are focused on secondary level VET and there are minimal elements of WBL and quality assurance (EQAVET) in the next stages, including EQF level 5 VET.
These challenges will be addressed by creating a sector skills alliance and developing a European quality VET training programme that aims to improve the skills of the labour force in the wood processing sector in the Baltic States.

Interactive Digital Content Platform to Share, Reuse, and Innovative in the Classroom (INDIE)

Project number: 2018-1-ES01-KA201-050924
Period: 01.09.2018-31.08.2021
Project website: http://indie.upct.es

Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education/Language Centre
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena (Italy).
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Dirección General de Atención a la Diversidad y Calidad Educativa (Spain), Miguel de Cervantez Murcia (Spain), IES Infanta Elena (Spain), IES Valle de Leiva (Spain), University of Cartagena (Spain),  2nd Primary School in Levadia (Greece), Directorate of Secondary Education (Geece), 1 st General Lyceium in Lavadia (Greece), 7th primary school in Lavadia (Greece), Hellenic Education Society of STEM (Greece)
Project summary:
The INDIE project aims at boosting the use of digital instructional contents for education in both primary and secondary schools by 1) providing a tool to help teachers to become authors of rich digital learning units 2) creating repositories on a regional level where authors publish their learning units and other teachers can become “consumers” of this material for their own classes.
The objective is to empower teachers so that they can deliver high quality teaching and help them adopting new learning methodologies: flipped classroom, blended learning, adaptive learning, etc…, which are student centred and seek to ensure that learners are engaged and drive their individual learning experience. As an output of the project, a number of teachers/authors will have created digital contents, used them in class, and published them in the repository for others teachers to use.

The eMedication Passport – Cultural Adaptation of Learning Tool for Ensuring the Development of Medication Competence of Graduate Nurses

Project No.: 2017-1-EE01-KA203-034884
Period: 1.09.2017 – 31.08.2020
Project website: https://emedpassport.wordpress.com/
https://www.laakehoitopassi.fi/pages/home/lan:eng/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine

Project coordinating institution: Tartu Health Care College (Estonia)
Project partners: Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), P.Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia);  Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project summary: The ultimate goal of eMed-PASS project is to increase patient and medication safety by developing the educational preparation of nurses. The aim of this project is to modify, implement, and evaluate the feasibility of electronic Medication Passport for ensuring the medication competence and adequate working life skills of the graduating nurses.
eMed-PASS project aim is to improve the quality and relevance of higher education in bachelor level nurse education cross-borders in EU-level in the Baltic countries and Finland. The project supports objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and EU Health Strategy Together for Health, by responding to the medication and patient safety challenges faced by member countries through strengthening the cooperation and coordination among universities and registering of nurses’ medication competence development during undergraduate education. The need for developing common education and nursing competence is evident in each of the partner countries.
During the project innovative e-learning tool for supporting and ensuring the development of the required medication competence of nurse graduates will be developed in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian language. The tool will be interoperable – so that other countries can also integrate it into its teaching process in the future.
The expected impact is improvement on nursing students’ medication competence and increased collaboration among education institution and clinical practice placements.

Villages on Move Go (VOMGO)

Villages on the Move Network (VOMGO)

Project number: 613004-FI-SCP
Period: 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019
Project website: http://www.villagesonmove.com/project-villages-on-move-network/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Lijana Navickienė

Project coordinating institution: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Project partners: South-Savo Sports Federation (Finland), Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), IP Leiria (Portugal), University College Leuven Limburg UCLL (Netherlands)
Project summary: Project is activating people to give ideas to promote everyday physical activity. Collected ideas are developed by means of culture of experimentation. In the new Villages on Move Network project we collect stories of the “fire souls” in rural villages promoting active lifestyle. Our goal is to activate inhabitants in rural areas to have more movement and more joy of sports.

Preventing Stress in the Teaching Profession – Stress Free Teachers

Project number: 2017-1-PT01-KA201-035812
Period: 01.10.2017- 30.09.2019
Project website: http://moodle.stressfreeteachers.eu/moodle/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Lijana Navickienė

Project coordinating institution: SMART IDEA Igor Razbornik s.p., AEREFORM D.O.O. (Slovenia)
Project partners: Agrupamento de Escolas n.o 1 de Gondomar (Portugal), JU OS Aleksa Santic Sarajevo (Bosnia Herzegovina), KONYA IL MILLI EGITIM MUDURLUGU (Turkey), Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project summary: The Stress-free teachers’ project aims to build a stress management programme for teaching profession through a structured digital training platform based on the Moodle system.
The purpose of the project is to set up innovative e-learning courses based on the results of pan-European analysis of good practices in stress management in Europe and a manual of good practices of prevention of stress.
The training courses focus on the following content:

  • Introduction to Moodle (HOW TO USE STRESS-FREE TEACHERS);
  • Organizational methods that include social support methods provided at the school level for promoting proper organizational microclimate, relationships, open communication and support (ORGANIZING THE WAY YOU WORK IN SCHOOL);
  • Rational methods to cope with stress (ORGANIZING DAILY LIFE);
  • Relaxation methods (LEARN METHODS TO RELAX);
  • Suggestions for the improvement of personal competences to cope better with stress (IMPROVE PERSONAL COMPETENCE);

The Stress-free teachers’ courses, available in 6 languages, use the project based and the problem-based learning approaches, promoting proper organizational microclimate, relationships, open communication, and support.

Social Mobility for Disadvantage Learners

Project number: 2019-1-UK01-KA201-061434
Period: 01.10.2019-30.09.2021
Project website: https://www.canva.com/design/DAD2NyTsNuY/_FVQeb28HCWaXGZasKNUFg/view?

Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education/Language Centre
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:

Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Carmel College (United Kingdom)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Associazione Professionale Universo CLIL (Coaching Lifelong Innovative Learning) (Italy), Directorate of Primary Education of Western Thessaloniki (Greece), Liceu Tehnologic de Industrie Alimentara (Romania), Charlottenlund ungdomsskole (Norway).
Project summary:
The lack of social mobility is a key issue for Europe. Research highlights that socioeconomic factors and family backgrounds are major barriers to social mobility and that gaps between both access to educational opportunities and achievement continue to rise. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds often lack positive role models or family support. They are not always aware of their options or their potential. They may be subject to negative influence in their own communities. This project aims to address this by focusing on a range of interventions including coaching and mentoring using young people who are just a few years older than themselves. Research shows that such role models are most likely to be a positive influence on young people. This project brings together 6 partners from 6 countries, all of which have challenges with social mobility. It is inspired by the experience of Carmel College in the UK, which undertook an exercise in assessing the impact of poverty on the daily lives of disadvantaged pupils, to identify those pupils who were most disadvantaged and therefore less likely to benefit from social mobility. This has led to the school adopting a menu of intervention strategies to ensure equality of opportunity and to provide support to the target groups in order to raise aspiration and improve educational opportunity. The project will provide students and older pupils with proper coaching competences will support them to work with disadvantaged students with confidence. External strategies include individualised careers work, visits to FE and HE, mentoring and visits to and by local business and parental engagement. Each partner will train up to 10 young coaches and mentors and match them with targeted pupils. In total the project expects to reach around 150 disadvantaged pupils, to support them, track them and impact on their future career paths. This project addresses the Horizontal Priorities of:
• supporting individuals in acquiring forward-looking skills to foster employability and socio-educational and personal development
• developing social inclusion by promoting equality and non-discrimination
This project addresses the Horizon Erasmus+ School Priorities of:
• strengthening the profile of the teaching profession by enhancing professional development,
facilitating teacher mobility and developing innovative teaching methods
• tackling early school leaving and disadvantage by strengthening collaboration within school and with external stakeholders and improving evaluation and quality assurance
The objectives of the project are to:
• analyse and share existing strategies and resources for improving social mobility to ensure equality of opportunity for all
• identify common areas of strength and priorities for development
• undertake a study visit to Carmel College to investigate the policies and practice of poverty protection
• use the outcomes of the study visit to develop a generic tool for identifying those in need of and would benefit from intervention strategies
• develop a holistic model to address disadvantage using coaching and mentoring, individualised
career plans, visits and short term placements/work shadowing
• produce an impact report incorporating a series of case studies
• disseminate the outcomes widely
The specific outputs will be:
• A project website hosting the resources, impact report and case studies
• A tool for identifying disadvantage and those who would benefit most from support and interventions
• A coaching training guide for young people and students
• An impact report incorporating recommendations for school policy
• dissemination strategy including examples of best practice, online materials and events in 6 countries.

Archive

2017/10/01 – 2019/09/30

Villages on Move Baltic (project No. 579678-EPP-1-2016-2-FI-SPO-SCP)

2017/01/01 – 2018/12/31

Integrated Football the new Frontier of Sport for All (project No. 2016-1004/001-001)

2016/04/04 –2017/10/03

Coaching Schools to Face Change Ahead (project No. 2015-1-IT02-KA201-014883)

2015/09/01-2017/08/31

EXPEDUCOM Experiential Education Competence (project No. 2014-1-LT01-KA200-000368)

2014/09/01 – 2016/08/31


Playful, Aesthetical and Innovative Learning Methods for Early Childhood Pedagogy

Project number: NPHE-2020/10215
Period: 2020/06/01-2021/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education/ Centre of Languages/ Department of Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: University College of Northern Denmark (Denmark)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Mid Sweden University Sundsvall (Sweden), Abo Academy University (Finland), University College Lillebaelt (Denmark), University College of Northern Jutland (Denmark), Nord University (Norway), University of Latvia, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art (Latvia).
Project summary:
A network of Nordic education institutions has been collaborating for more than 20 years with the focus on Nordic culture and language in pre-school education, and for the last three years included the Nordic-Baltic perspective. Our present Nordplus Network is a cooperation between pre-school teacher programs at 7 institutions and 6 countries. The Network name is Nordic-Baltic childhood and culture in a global perspective. The participating institutions are; University College Lillebaelt, University College of Northern Jutland, Abo Academy University, University of Latvia, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Nord University Nesna, Mid Sweden University Sundsvall. This application aims to continue working not only on exchanging and sharing experience, cultural identity, language and education of preschool teachers in the Nordic-Baltic countries, but also on innovative methodology that develops child’s creativity, expression, emotional intelligence. Culture and identity are today more and more influenced by a digitalized, globalized and post-modern world. Views on learning, competences and education are changing as a consequence of more globalized culture. Our network would like to share new ideas at IC on learning, education and developing competences in pre-school and pre-school teachers’ education.
The overall goal and objectives of the network activities include:

  • strengthen Nordic-Baltic cultural understanding and cooperation in the area of pre-school teacher education;
  • focus on the development of pre-school education study programs in partner institutions;
  • promote innovative processes and products in education via the systematic exchange of experiences and good practice;
  • apply aesthetical, artistic, playful and creative methods in early childhood education;
  • contribute to the development of quality innovative education in the face of globalized, digitalized and post-modern world challenges.

Express Mobility for Tourism Students/2020

Project number: NPHE-2020/10120
Period: 2020/06/01 – 2021/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business / Tourism and Leisure Management Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Jolanta Valiaugienė

Project coordinating institution: Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Tallinn University of Technology Estonian Maritime Academy Centre for Blue Economy (Estonia).
Project summary: The aim of the project is to implement student Express mobility, to create opportunities for gaining additional experience in the international study environment, to supplement theoretical and practical knowledge of tourism management and to support teacher cooperation and internationalization of studies in partner institutions. The foreseen results: educational trip to foreign country, student mobility.

The VAKEN Project

Project number: NPHE-2020/10040
Period: 2020/06/01 – 2022/10/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business / Tourism and Leisure Management Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Indrė Knyvienė

Project coordinating institution: Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), TTK University of Applied Sciences (Estonia), University of Akureyri (Iceland), Vilnius University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), University College Lillebelt (Denmark).
Project summary:
The overall aim of this project is to make explicit the training and assessment of soft skills as core competences. The World Economic Forum has determined 10 critical job skills that will be in demand for the future job market of Industry 4.0. (See https://www.engineering.com/JobArticles/ArticleID/16807/4-Cornerstone-Skills-Engineers-Need-for-the-Future-of-Work.aspx)
Four of these skills will be particularly relevant to the high-tech economy:

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People Management including self-leadership

To achieve its aim of devising and developing pedagogically sound training in these critical job skills, Vaken builds on identified needs for future work life skills or soft skills based on both analysis of 29 future work skills reports, benchmarking into Hyper Island (Sweden) and HIVE (School42, Finland) and research about the entrepreneurial mindset. The project also builds on successful previous projects such as Nobanet and the output of a KA203 Erasmus project called “Strengthening students’ employability through enhanced skills formation”.
VAKEN aims to

  1. create tools to enable students to learn key soft skills demanded by business;
  2. practice them using toolkits in digital laboratories;
  3. use them in real-life projects with SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs from different parts of the region
  4. Create an example use case in the form of Intensive Weeks.

Vaken’s toolkit and digital labs will form a pedagogical framework that will be

  1. used initially within the partner institutions;
  2. tested with SMEs and startups across the Nordic/Baltic region;
  3. launched as open source educational resources for others to use.

Vaken will have the world of small and emerging business at its heart as we build upon our experience with Nobanet’s cross-border assignments. Their interests and reactions will help guide the development of the toolkit. The result will be a new pedagogical framework recognised by education and business in the Nordic / Baltic region.

EkoTekNord 2020

Project number: NPHE-2020/10018
Period: 2020/06/01 – 2021/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business / Tourism and Leisure Management Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Jolanta Valiaugienė

Project coordinating institution: Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland), TTK University of Applied Sciences (Estonia), Åland University of Applied Sciences (Åland Islands), University of Akureyri (Iceland), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), Copenhagen Business Academy (Denmark), Westerdals (Norway), University of Dalarna (Sweden), Högskolan i Skövde (Sweden), Jönköping University/University Services (Sweden), University College Lillebælt (Denmark), University College of Southeast Norway (Norway), Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (Estonia).
Project summary: The aim of the project is student and staff mobility to the Nordic and Baltic countries, cooperation in the fields of business, engineering, logistics, communications and media, as well as the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation. There will be organized an intensive program and the annual partner meetings.

Kalmar Vardunion

Project number: NPHE-2020/10076
Period: 2020/06/01 – 2021/09/30
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine / Nursing Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), University College of Northern Denmark (Denmark), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway), Linnaeus University (Sweden), Universitetet i Stavanger (Norway), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
Project summary: The network’s objective is to enhance the collaboration between the partner universities and working life in the Nordic countries through mobility of nursing students and academic staff. The dissemination of good practices and innovative results is an important goal, too. Fortunately, the interest in student exchange to the Nordic countries has lately been increasing. Experiences from other cultures, including languages, are important for health care students when facing patients with different backgrounds. The partners have also arranged intensive courses in topical themes since 2001.

The partners take turns in hosting network meetings. The goal of network activities is to develop networking, quality assurance and development of academic cooperation within the network, make the members meet and get to know more staff at the other institutions, learn about each other and each other’s curricula, pedagogical and e-learning methods, and to get familiar with places of practical training. The member institutions’ students can also take part in partners’ online courses. Networking increases the number of contacts and the knowledge of the partner institutions, strengthens the cooperation and facilitates more student and staff mobility between the partners.

Baltic – Nordic Network for Creating New Earning New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (NEWELRA 2020)

Project number: NPHE-2020/10407
Period: 2020/05/15-2021/10/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
W. L. Tchasse S.

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia).
Project summary: Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (NEWELRA) currently has five participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Partners are committed to jointly facilitate the socioeconomic development of rural areas by encouraging and supporting rural entrepreneurship in agriculture, tourism, fine art, food, woodworking, etc. The overall goal of the network is to create a synergy of HEIs for facilitating social and economic development of rural areas by supporting the existing and creating new earning logics in the regions. The specific objectives of the network include:

  • Increase students and teachers’ mobility. The most important aim of the network is to advance students and teachers’ exchange among partner

institutions both for learning and research development and innovation (RDI) for gathering and sharing best practices of rural entrepreneurship in Baltic and Nordic countries;

  • implementing innovative ways of teaching to support rural entrepreneurs and to provide entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and competences to students;
  • In the long term, writing and publishing (with contribution from all partner institutions) a handbook of rural entrepreneurship in Baltic and Nordic countries.

After over 4 years of productive collaboration, the above mentioned partner institutions are willing to continue the cooperation. Baltic and Nordic rural areas face similar issues such as unemployment, lack of entrepreneurial/managerial skills and so forth. Therefore, the partners have committed to join efforts in addressing the current and future rural issues.

Network Empowering Puppetry 2020

Project number: NPHE-2020/10311
Period: 2020/05/15-2022/05/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine / Rehabilitation Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: HAME University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Tartu Health Care College (Estonnia), P.Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia).
Project summary: Network Empowering Puppetry unites HEIs social work, arts, technologies and health studies – Kauno kolegija and NGO New Generation of Womens’ Initiatives (Lithuania), HAMK UAS (Finland), Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), P. Stradins Medical College (Latvia). We believe that professionals need to be creative and flexible to reach people and to support them in their needs of self-realization, development of useful skills and changing destructive behaviour. Therapeutic puppetry is one of approaches that supports it and should be used wider and more often. The diverse way in which puppets can be used in empowering activities is quite unique and it is one of the main advantages. Puppetry is a very playful method that can tempt introvert clients out of isolation. The indirect work with puppets creates a safe space for self-exploration, lessening its eventual threatening impact.

Overall aim of the network is to educate very flexible and open-minded specialist who may be involved in therapeutic puppetry development and use. Project is planned for 3 years with various activities: First year we created network of HEIs and organizations from all eligible countries and started to organize by intensive course. The aim of the intensive course is to enhance cooperation between different study fields – from technologies to arts and social sciences in order to develop creative thinking, entrepreneurial competences and to provide better opportunities in labour market through encouragement of team work, interdisciplinary approach and international cooperation. In addition to networking and Intensive course we plan to have mobility activity as mobility within network is seen as mean to assure internationalization of institutions and to widen competence of participants.
Second and third year will follow the same project structure with changes in therapeutic puppetry application areas and expansion of the network attracting professional working in the field.

Healing greenery 2020

Project number: NPHE-2020/10140
Period: 2020/05/15-2022/05/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine / Social Work Department, Faculty of Technologies / Environmental Engineering Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: SAVONIA University of Applied Sciences (Finland), TTK University of Applied Sciences (Estonia), Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia), Rīga Stradiņš University (Latvia).
Project summary: The health and social care sectors need alternatives to traditional treatment, therapy, rehabilitation and work training. Traditional therapies should be supplemented with innovative elements taking in consideration tumultuous social environment. Partnership came to agreement that green care concept should be explored more and introduced into learning process at our institutions as one of innovative and attractive approaches. Green care is the use of agricultural farms and the biotic and abiotic elements of nature for health and therapy-promoting interventions as a base for promoting human mental and physical health, as well as quality of life.

Overall aim of the network is to educate flexible and open-minded specialist who may be involved in development, promotion and use of green care concept. It is important to mention that promotion of Green Care concept and its wider application contributes towards social and environmental sustainability. It promotes cohesion of different society groups bringing them together by using natural resources and costs of therapies might be almost none.
Project is running for 3 years and now we are planning next 3-year cycle with various activities:
First year will be dedicated to expansion of the network of HEIs involving other Nordic and Baltic countries. Network development will be followed by intensive course and piloting of the developed joined study module. Second year the project will keep the same structure just topic for IC will be changed – topics are agreed within the network for all 3 years. The aim of the course is to enhance cooperation between different fields in order to develop team work skills, creative thinking and entrepreneurial competences, encourage interdisciplinary approach and international cooperation. We are planning to have Intensive course and mobility during third year too as mobility within network is seen as mean to assure internationalization of institutions and to widen competence of participants.

Welltour 2020

Project number: NPHE-2020/10337
Period: 2020/05/15-2022/05/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), SAVONIA University of Applied Sciences (Finland), P.Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia).
Project summary: Wellness tourism is one of fastest growing sectors in Scandinavia and Baltics and second among revenue growth leaders among ten global wellness markets (6,5% from 2015-2017). Wellness tourism consists of medical services (health care, rehabilitation services) and wellness (SPA services, beauty procedures). Because of this broad composition, it is very important to educate flexible and open-minded wellness tourism specialist. The comparison of related study programmes revealed that important competencies are missing. Health areas students get almost no knowledge about business, tourism programmes usually have no courses about treatments. “Welltour” network was created for promotion and development of wellness tourism as well as development of study subjects related to the field. Network covers these fields: wellness tourism, physiotherapy, beauty care, oral health. It unites four HEIs: Kauno Kolegija UAS (Lithuania), Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), Savonia UAS (Finland) and P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia). Cooperation of the network inspired and supported the development of full degree study programme Wellness and SPA management at KK.

Project is planned for 3 years: First year we will organize intensive course “Promotion of local wellness tourism” with the aim to enhance interdisciplinary approach and international cooperation, to develop creative thinking and entrepreneurial competences. We plan to have mobility activity as well – mobility within network is seen as a means to assure internationalization of institutions and to widen the competence of participants. Second and third year will follow the same project structure with changes in topics of IC and expansion of the network attracting professionals working in the field.

Teens Without Screens: Developing Tools for Social Interaction Through Arts

Project number: NPHZ-2020/10073
Period: 01/06/2020-30/06/2022
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Latvian Christian Academy (Latvia)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Diakonia College of Finland (Finland), Majori Secondary School (Latvia),  Latvian Ballet and Dance Guild (Latvia).
Project summary:
The main purpose of project is to develop innovative guidance (Toolkit) for teachers and educators working with teenagers and young people in order to reveal to young people alternative ways of creative activities and communication at school during lesson breaks. Students continue to sit during the breaks and communicate through smart devices. We propose integration of several forms of arts as a way of captivating and fascinating young people for involvement in social (non-virtual) interaction.
Teachers can guide young people in alternative ways for socializing according to the needs of healthy psychological, mental and spiritual growth of personality. Uniqueness of LCA as a coordinating institution is in integrative cross-sectoral perspective on each problem, and especially holistic approach including spiritual contexts of personality. The guidance will be developed by interdisciplinary team: artists, art therapists, academics and teenage educators, specialists of psychology, anthropology and theology will work on the common idea. LCA has a wide network of professional associations of psychologists, anthropologists and artists, and the specialists from these associations will be invited as experts for qualitative development of the innovative idea.
Project aims to develop: 1) Arts-Integration Toolkit for Teachers “Teens Without Screens”, 2) piloting the Toolkit as a guidance for teachers in Majori Secondary School (Latvia) integrating arts into everyday school life; 3) To present the results of piloting the Toolkit in practical Conference for teachers and educators to rise the public interest on the growing problem of internet addiction among youth.
By these activities we are reaching Nordplus aims “to strengthen and develop Nordic-Baltic cooperation on education, help to create Nordic-Baltic educational area, as well “contribute to the development of quality and innovation in the educational systems”. Reaching Nordplus Horizontal aims – in concordance with Nordplus Horizontal aim for in-service training and further education for teachers, development of new teaching methods. Our aim for future is to create sustainable cross-sectoral network activities between Nordic-Baltic educators.

Multilingualism as a Key to Enhance Students‘ Employability

Project number: NPLA-2019/10035
Period: 2019/09/01-2021/09/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Project partners: Haaga Helia University of Applied Siences  (Finland).
Project summary: With the globalisation and internationalisation flow in Europe the natural demand for learning other languages than English evokes. One of the EU’s multilingualism goals is for every European to speak 2 languages in addition to their mother tongue. To answer the above mentioned goals, a Language Centre of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences was established in 2018. The major goals of the centre are to develop students’ and teachers’ language skills and offer a wide variety of foreign languages to answer the market demand. There is a tendency in Lithuania and other Baltic states of establishing Nordic businesses and companies in the Baltic states. Young people find working in an international/ Scandinavian company more attractive as there are wider career ladder opportunities. The same challenges of globalisation prevail in Finland with a demand to the neighbouring languages and for the newly arrived population, including university students with non-Finnish background, to learn the national languages (Finnish and Swedish). Skills in the national language of Finland are a benefit when seeking employment after graduation in Finland.
The aim of the project is to create an online A1 level (5 ECTS, 150 hr) course of Swedish and Finnish, which will be offered as an elective subject in the curricula of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, we see it as great possibility to promote the spread of the Nordic languages in Lithuania and among immigrant population in Finland and to enhance students’ employability chances. We believe that better language skills enable people to study and/or work abroad, and improve their job prospects, speaking other languages helps people from different cultures understand one another – essential in a multilingual, multicultural Europe as well as it will improve the students’ digital skills as most of the course will be digitalised . According to the https://europa.eu/european-union/topics/multilingualism_ento trade effectively across Europe, businesses need multilingual staff the language industry – translation and interpretation, language teaching, language technologies, etc. – is among the fastest growing areas of the economy. The 2012 Eurobarometer survey on Europeans and their languages revealed very positive attitudes to multilingualism: 98% say mastering foreign languages will benefit their children, 88% think that knowing languages other than their mother tongue is very useful, 72% agree with the EU goal of at least 2 foreign languages for everyone, 77% say improving language skills should be a policy priority.

Aesthetic Expressions and Cultural Heritage as a Tool for the Pre-schoolers' Language Development, Communication and Integration

Project number: NPHE-2019/10135
Period: 2019/05/15– 2021/05/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Project partners: Mid Sweden University Sundsvall (Sweden), Abo Academy University (Finland), University College Lillebaelt (Denmark), University College of Northern Jutland (Denmark), Nord University (Norway)
Project summary: The Nordplus network “Sustainable Development in an Inclusive Society” currently unites 6 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in 5 Baltic-Nordic countries. Partners are committed to jointly provide students and teachers the possibility to experience innovations, differences and similarities in Pre-school and Pre-primary education and Nordic-Baltic cultures.
This pre-school education network intends to continue working on the topic of sustainable child’s development in an inclusive society dealing with the fundamental issues of pre-schoolers’ education in the conditions of globalization and change. The overall goal and objectives of the network activities include:
– strengthen Nordic-Baltic cooperation in the area of pre-school education with the focus on the development of pre-school education study programs in partner institutions;
– promote innovative processes and products in education via the systematic exchange of experiences and good practice;
– contribute to the development of quality innovative education in the face of modern world challenges such as globalization, sustainability, digitalisation.

Network Welltour/ 2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10152
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2021/05/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Project partners: Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), SAVONIA University of Applied Sciences (Finland),
P.Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia).
Project summary: Wellness tourism is not only one of fastest growing sectors in Scandinavia and Baltics, but also second among revenue growth leaders among ten global wellness markets (6,5% from 2015-2017). According to Global Wellness Institute statistics, The global wellness industry grew 12.8% from 2015-2017, from a $3.7 trillion to a $4.2 trillion market. Global Wellness Tourism Economy report defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. So wellness tourism consists of medical services (health care, treatment, rehabilitation services) and wellness (SPA services, beauty procedures, physical fitness, balanced nutrition, stress management, etc). Because of this broad composition, it is very important to educate flexible and open minded wellness tourism specialist. The comparison of curriculum of wellness related study programmes in project partner institutions showed, that in most cases some important competencies when targeting wellness area are missing. Health care areas students get almost no knowledge about business processes, business & tourism programmes usually have no courses about treatment, beauty and therapy procedures.
“Welltour” network was created in 2014, because the project partners strongly believe that better understanding of related fields of occupation would enhance development of wellness tourism field and support team work for benefits of clients and staff. Project network exists for six consecutive years and consists of four HEI: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania) -coordinator, Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), Savonia UAS (Finland), P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia) as partners.
The main area of the network activities is promotion and development of wellness tourism in Baltics and Scandinavia as well as development of study subjects related to the field. Network aimed to promote cooperation between fields: wellness tourism, physiotherapy, beauty care, oral health, nutrition. Network goal for 2019 is to integrate Latvia as a new partner and to organize an IP week on topic- “Wellness back to the nature: from virtuality to nature’ality”.

Nordejordemodern network

Project number: NPHE-2019/10160
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2021/05/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania),  Metropol University College (Denmark), Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), University of Iceland (Iceland), Riga 1st Medical College (Latvia), University of Boras (Sweden), Lunds University (Sweden), Alands hospital (Aland Islands), Hospital in Thorshavn (Faroe Island), Dronning Ingrids Hospital (Greenland), Western Norway University University of Applied Sviences (Norway), Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), Rigas Stradina University RSU (Latvia), Novia University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
Project summary: Nordejordemodern (Midwife of the North) is a network of higher education within the midwifery profession and was established in the middle of the 1990s. The network Nordejordemodern consists of 15 partners of which 12 are educational institutions and 3 are public hospitals, including Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo and Bergen (Norway), Reykjavik (Island), Helsingfors and Vasa (Finland), Lund and Borås (Sweden), Tartu (Estonia), two in Riga (Latvia) and Kaunas (Lithuania) and also the public hospitals in Nuuk (Greenland), Torshavn (Faroe Island) and Mariehamn (Åland).
The network aims to provide students, teachers, and tutor exchange, intensive programs, curriculum development activities and projects within midwifery care and development. The main purpose of the network is to contribute to the growth of midwifery as an independent profession and science and to support the development of highly motivated and well-educated midwifery students with international skills. Acknowledging differences between countries, we are aware that we have a lot to learn from each other by facing different perspective of midwifery. Participation of representatives from public hospitals is essential as they bring real clinical situations to discussions and support with practical views on theoretical questions.
To strengthen Nordic-Baltic collaboration in midwifery education, sharing and developing evidence-based midwifery practices and understanding the differences and similarities in the maternity services in collaborating partner countries.
Our goals are:
To improve the transcultural competence of students and teachers and to disseminate cultural understanding by sharing experiences and knowledge within midwifery.
To develop and strengthen the management of the new global situation and its impact on midwifery – facing the challenge within the current immigration situation in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Network Healing Greenery/2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10257
Period: 2019/05/15 –2021/05/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Project partners: Laane-Viru College (Estonia), Savonia University of Applied Sciences  (Finland), Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia).
Project summary: The health and social care sectors need alternatives to traditional treatment, therapy, rehabilitation and work training. Traditional therapies should be suplemented with innovative elements taking in conssideration tumultuous social environment. Partnership came to agreement that green care concept should be explored more and introduced into learning process at our institutions as one of innovative and atractive approaches. Green care is the use of agricultural farms and the biotic and abiotic elements of nature for health and therapy-promoting interventions as a base for promoting human mental and physical health, as well as quality of life.
Overall aim of the network is to educate flexible and open minded specialist who may be involved in development, promotion and use of green care concept.
The network is dedicated amendments of developed study module, integration into existing educational structures at partner institutions and for the development of further aims of the network. We are planning to have Intensive course and mobility during third year too as mobility within network is seen as mean to assure internationalization of institutions and to widen competence of participants.

News

https://www.kaunokolegija.lt/en/the-project-coordinated-by-kaunas-university-of-applied-sciences-announced-as-the-highest-quality-project-of-the-nordplus-programme/ 

Patient centered care in multicultural society and its ethical implications

Project number: NPHE-2019/10129.
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2021/05/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia).
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), University of Tartu (Estonia), Novia University of Applied Sciences (Finland),University of Iceland (Iceland).
Project summary: The network NordPCC was established in Riga on 2018 based on the effective collaboration between partners trough previous Nordplus projects and health care professional visits during last years. The partnership will promote regional between six partner institutions in Latvia, Denmark, Lithuania, Finland, Estonia and Iceland. The countries participating in the network have different experiences, guidelines and cultural conceptions when training health care specialists.
The common goal of the network is to prepare professionals to retain an equal and ethical capability within the health-care systems including PCC in education highlight trends worldwide – according to which, the experiences of the patients have become central components in the discourse of the health-care system. Thus, the patient in the center has become the mainstay as a result of social changes in the care and therapeutic relationship, on the one hand, and public awareness to patient rights, on the other, with emphases on transparency and cooperation regarding a diversity of cultures, patient safety and accessibility. That requires the training of students and health care providers in educational programs that support cultural competence and creating policies that accommodate cultural diversity to achieve positive health outcomes. Organizing academic and student mobility, intensive curse is a necessary means to share ideas, experiences and expert knowledge as well as to develop relationships and common understanding between Nordic and Baltic countries.

Empowering Puppetry

Project number: NPHE-2019/10244.
Period: 2019/05/15-2021/05/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project partners: P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia), HAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), New Generation of Women‘s Initiatives (Lithuania).
Project summary: Professionals need to be creative and flexible to reach people and to support them in their needs of self-realization, development of useful skills and changing destructive behaviour. Network believes that therapeutic puppetry is one of approaches that should be used wider and more often. The diverse way in which puppets can be used in empowering activities is quite unique and it is one of the main advantages. Puppetry is a very playful method that can tempt introvert clients out of isolation. The indirect work with puppets creates a safe space for self-exploration, lessening its eventual threatening impact.
Overall aim of the network is to educate very flexible and open minded specialist who may be involved in therapeutic puppetry development and use. Project is planned for 3 years with various activities: First year we plan to create long lasting network of HEIs and organizations from all eligible countries. Network development will be followed by intensive course. The aim of the intensive course is to enhance cooperation between different study fields – from technologies to arts and social sciences in order to develop creative thinking, entrepreneurial competences and to provide better opportunities in labour market through encouragement of team work, interdisciplinary approach and international cooperation. In addition to networking and Intensive course we plan to have mobility activity as mobility within network is seen as mean to assure internationalization of institutions and to widen competence of participants.
Second and third year will follow the same project structure with addition of development project – development of joined multidisciplinary programme.

NEWELRA 2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10358.
Period: 2019/05/15-2022/05.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business.
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
W. L.Tchasse S.

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project partners: Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University of Tartu (Estonia), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia).
Project summary: Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (NEWELRA) currently has five participating
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Partners are committed to jointly facilitate the socioeconomic development of rural areas by encouraging and supporting rural entrepreneurship in agriculture, tourism, fine art, food, woodworking, etc.
The overall goal of the network is to create a synergy of HEIs for facilitating social and economic development of rural areas by supporting the existing and creating new earning logics in the regions. The specific objectives of the network include:

  • Increase students’ and teachers’ mobility. The most important aim of the network is to advance students and teachers’ exchange among partner institutions both for learning and research development and innovation (RDI) for gathering and sharing best practices of rural entrepreneurship in Baltic and Nordic countries;
  • implementing innovative ways of teaching to support rural entrepreneurs and to provide entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and competences to students;
  • In the long term, writing and publishing (with contribution from all partner institutions) a handbook of rural entrepreneurship in Baltic and Nordic countries.

EkoTekNord 2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10053.
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2022/05.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business.
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
W. L.Tchasse S.

Project coordinating institution: Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
Project partners: TK University of Applied Sciences (Estonia), Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland), HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Åland University of Applied Sciences (Aland Islands), University of Akureyri (Iceland), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), Westerdals (Norway), University of Dalarna (Sweden), Högskolan i Skövde (Sweden), Jönköping University/University Services (Sweden), Copenhagen Business Academy (Cphbusiness) (Denmark), Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), University College of Southeast Norway (Norway), UCL University College (Denmark).
Project summary: The aims of the network are:

  • Increasing mobility and cooperation between Nordic and Baltic countries through the promotion and support of student and teacher exchanges within business, technology, communication & media as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. With close links to the industry this network provides possibilities and funding for internships. Additionally, express mobility is funded within this network since it might be the only option for some students (students with families, low-income etc.).
  • Implementing intensive programmes. In an intensive programme students and teachers from different partner institutions come together to work on a common theme. This work usually leads to further cooperation.
  • Development projects. The network examines current trends to find cooperation opportunities in areas such as collaboration with the industry, HRM etc.

The interest towards sharing best practices and gaining new experiences has increased. Study or/and work abroad is now compulsory in many of the network partner institutions. Students have adapted a global mindset to gain and aim for more international experiences. Furthermore, teacher exchange offers a variety of possibilities: exchanging ideas and developing material, finding ideas for projects, teaching and pedagogical aspects, and extending institutional cooperation. The network uses advanced web-based tools to provide materials and information for network members. The updated budget is always available online for members to help in planning prospective mobility activities. This provides visibility, equality and trust inside the network, as well as activates cooperation by making it simpler to access all the necessary information.

Student Express Mobility for Tourism Students 2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10127.
Period: 2019/05/15-2020/10/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business.
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Jolanta Valiaugienė.

Project coordinating institution: Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia).
Project partners: Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Tallinn University of Technology Estonian Maritime Academy Centre for Blue Economy (Estonia), Kaunas kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project summary: The aim of the express mobility for tourism students is to gain additional experience in international study environment and supplement their theoretic and practical knowledge of tourism management and to support teacher cooperation and internationalization at sending and partner institutions. One week express mobility visits are integrated into the regular curriculum of students and fully recognized in the study programme by 3 ECTS. Before the mobility students carry out an assignment involving research on the tourism of the host country. During the mobility students visit host institutions and learn about various tourism aspects through lectures, workshops, field trips to companies and sights. Sending institution will support assistance to lecturers during mobility activities. Host institution will provide their expertise on the tourism products of the host country in form of the lecture/workshop. After the mobility students write a report on their conclusions.
The partnership has shown successful implementation of the project and result activity. The previous students’ reports show that express mobility develops their intercultural skills as well as gives a valuable profesional skills in international environment and promote the internationalization of the curriculum, especially if students can’t participate in other long-term mobilities.

Archive

Sustainable Development In an Inclusive Society (project No. NPHE-2018/10245)

2018/06/15 – 2019/10/01

Welltour/2018 (project No. NPHE-2018/10230)

2018/06/15 – 2019/10/01

Healing Greenery/2018 (project No. NPHE-2018/10257)

2018/06/15 – 2019/10/01

NEWELRA 2018 (project No. NPHE-2018/10022)

2018/06/01 – 2019/09/30

Nordejordemodern network (project No. NPHE-2018/10129)

2018/06/15 – 2019/10/01

EkoTekNord 2018-CX (project No. NPHE-2018/10093)

2018/06/01-2019/09/30

Express Mobility for Tourism Students (project No. NPHE-2018/10117)

2018/05/15 – 2019/05/30

NEWELRA – Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (project No. ID NPHE-2017/10246)

2017/06/15 – 2018/10/01

Welltour 2017 (project No. NPHE- 2017/10264)

2017/06 /15 – 2018/10/01

Healing Greenery (project No. NPHE-2017/10330)

2017/06/15 – 2018/10/01

NEWELRA – Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (project No. ID NPHE-2017/10246)

2017/06/15 – 2018/09/30

STRANGERS: The own kind and the other in Art and Social Sciences (project No. NPHE-2017/10372)

2017/09/01 – 2018/09/30

Sustainable Development In an Inclusive Society (project No. NPHE-2017/10129)

2017/09/01 – 2018/09/30

Nordejordemodern 2017 (project No. NPHE-2017/10215)

2017/06 /15 – 2018/10/01

EkotekNord (project No. ID NPHE-2017/10129)

2017/06/15 – 2018/09/30

NOBANET: E-business models for international SMEs /2017 (project No. ID:NPHE-2017/10159)

2017/06/01- 2018/09/30

 

NEWELRA – Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (project No. ID NPHE-2016/10061)

2016/06/15 – 2017/10/01

Welltour 2016 (project No. NPHE-2016/10402)

2016/06/15 – 2017/10/01

Nordejordemodern 2015 (project No. NPHE-2015/10159)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

Development of clinical dental technicians training concept (project No. NPHE-2015/10295)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

Network Welltour/2015 (project No. NPHE-2015/10160)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

NOBANET: Nordic-Baltic Network for Internationalisation of SMEs/2014 (project No. ID NPHE-2015/10239)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

Ekoteknord IP „Lean Canvas“ (project No. ID HE-2015/10129)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

COST

Advancing Social Inclusion through Technology and Emporwerment (a-STEP)

Project number: CA19104
Period: 2020/10/14 – 2024/10/13
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Lijana Navickienė

Project coordinating institution: National Unviersity of Ireland Galway Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research Institue for Lifecourse and Society National University of Ireland (Ireland)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), University of the West of England (England), National Unviersity of Ireland Galway, Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research, Institue for Lifecourse and Society, National University of Ireland (Ireland), HES-SO Valais-Wallis C/O IAT Lab (Switzerland), VŠĮ Švietimo ir Kultūros Mobiliųjų Technologijų Institutas (IMOTEC) (Lithuania), Athena ICT (Israel), Konya İl Milli Eğitim Müdürlüğü (Turkey), Karadeniz Technical University (Turkey), Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (North Macedonia), University of Pannonia (Hungary), Center for Human-Computer Interaction (Austria), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Thomas More Kempen (Belgium), Institute of Robotics (Bulgaria), Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences (Croatia), Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Croatia), European University Cyprus (Cyprus), Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Tartu (Estonia), LIMSI-CNRS, Université Paris-Sud Campus universitaire (France), Heilpädagogik (Germany), Ludwig-Maximilians-UNiversität (Germany), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), University of Pannonia (Hungary), University of Iceland (Iceland), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Athena ICT (Israel), The Open University (Israel), AIAS Bologna (Italy), Ausilioteca Mediterranea Onlus (Italy), Latvian Academy of Sport Education (Latvia), Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (Moldavia), University of Twente (Netherlands), Association for Assistive Technology Open the Windows (North Macedonia), Norsk Regnesentral (Norway), SINTEF (Norway), WSB University (Poland), Comprehensive Health Research Centre (CHRC) (Portugal), Catholic University of Portugal (Portugal), University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” (Romania), University of Economics in Bratislava (Slovakia), University of Maribor (Slovenia), Yottacode (Spain), Universitat de València (Spain), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), HES-SO Valais-Wallis C/O IAT Lab (Switzerland), Fondation pour la Recherche en faveur des personnes Handicapées (FRH) (Switzerland), Konya Il Milli Egitim Mudurlugu (Turkey), Karadeniz Technical University (Turkey), University of the West of England (England), University of Leeds (England), Center for Rehabilitation Zagreb (Croatia), Heidelberg University of Education (Germany), Bar Ilan University (Israel), Beit Issie Shapiro (Israel), Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (Moldavia), Radboud University Medical Center (Netherlands), Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies (North Macedonia), University of Oslo (Norway), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway), University of Maribor (Slovenia), Universidad de Alicante (Spain), Asociación de Familiares y personas con Autismo de Burgos (Spain), University of Valencia (Spain), Konya Provincial Directorate of Education (Turkey).
Project summary: Social inclusion is an important element of well-being for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Intellectual Disability (ID).  Research has highlighted that social inclusion is facilitated through access to education and employment.  Despite this, people with ASD and/or ID have low rates of participation in these domains.  Research has demonstrated that Assistive Technology (AT) shows great promise in increasing participation in education and employment.  Notwithstanding recent technological advances, there are low rates of adoption of AT throughout Europe by service providers, educators, employers and policymakers. There are several areas of unmet need including: high abandonment rates of AT, lack of inclusion of people with ASD and/or ID in the research process, lack of interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration and poor match between technology and the individual with ASD and/or ID.
The aim of the COST action is:
Build an interdisciplinary, intersectoral pan EU and beyond, network which will enhance social inclusion and empowerment of individuals with ASD and/or ID.
This will be achieved by:

  • Evaluating the development of novel AT by providing an interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration between all stakeholders using a translational approach to establish standardised practice guidelines for design, development and deployment of AT.
  • Creating knowledge, by providing a database of current AT technologies and their match to employment and educational contexts for users with ASD and/or ID.
  • Promoting the adoption of evidence-based guidelines in relation to use of AT across settings and populations and propagating the use of inclusive design and rigorous research approaches.

Ultrafast Opto-Magneto-Electronics for Non-Dissipative Information Technology

Project number: CA17123
Period: 2018/10/03 – 2022/10/02
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies/ Industrial Engineering and Robotics Department
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Žydrūnas Kavaliauskas

Project coordinating institution: Radboud University (Netherlands)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Université de Lorraine (France), INESC Microsistemas e Nanotecnologias (INESC-MN) (Portugal), Koc University (Portugal), Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany), Centre for Advanced Materials Application (CEMEA) (Slovakia), Radboud University (Netherlands), NCSR Demokritos (Greece), Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (Spain), IMEC (Belgium), Institute of Solid State Physics (Bulgaria), Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies (Bulgaria), University of Split (Bulgaria), Charles University (Czech Republic), Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic), Aarhus University (Denmark), AU Engineering (Denmark), Aalto University (Finland), IPCMS (Fance), Université de Lorraine (France), Technical University Munich (Germany), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Wigner Research Center for Physics (Hungary), Haskoli Island (Iceland), University of Iceland (Iceland), Tyndall National Institute (Ireland), University of Messina (Italy), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Department of Applied Physics (Netherlands), University of Information Science and Technologies “St. Paul the Apostle” (Macedonia), University of Oslo (Norway), University of Bialystok (Poland), Polish Acad. Sci. The Szewalski Institute (Poland), INESC Microsistemas e Nanotecnologias (INESC-MN) (Portugal), University of Porto (Portugal), National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics (Romania), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania), Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade (Serbia), University of Novi Sad (Serbia), Centre for Advanced Materials Application (CEMEA) (Slovakia), Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), Fundació Institut Català de Nanociècia I Nanotecnologia (Spain), Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (Spain), Asia-Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (South Korea), Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland), Koc University (Turkey), Bogazici University (Turkey), Sheffield Hallam University (England), University of Exeter (England), Imec (Belgium), University of Zagreb (Croatia), Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany), Politecnico di Bari (Italy), University of Aveiro (Portugal), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romania), Institute for Multidisciplinary Research (Serbia), University of Novi Sad (Serbia), Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), University of Salamanca (Spain), Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain), Uppsala University (Sweden), Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland), University of Cambridge (England), University of Southampton (England), The University of York (England), Ioffe Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre (Belarus), Institute of Magnetism (Ukraine), Donetsk Institute for Physics & Engineering named after O.O.Galkin of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Ukraine), Ioffe Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), Kotel’nikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics of Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia).
Project summary: The explosive growth of digital data use and storage leads to an enormous rise in energy consumption, which is rapidly becoming unsustainable. Ultrafast opto-magneto-electronics is an emerging field that combines the ideas and concepts of opto-magnetism and spin transport with photonics for ultrafast low-dissipative manipulation and storage of information. Both light and spin currents can control magnetic order, but mechanisms as well as corresponding time scales and energy dissipation differ. The MAGNETOFON Action aims at the best of both worlds, combining short time scales and non-dissipative propagation of light with nanoscale selectivity and strong interactions of spin currents. The ultimate goal is to create and implement non-volatile, low-dissipative, and ultrafast functional elements for data technology.
The research objectives of the MAGNETOFON Action will be achieved by combining the existing expertise of the scientific communities dealing with ultrafast magnetism, spintronics, magnonics, photonics and advanced spectroscopy, and by sharing the new knowledge arising from the exchange between them. This Action will result in a considerable leap in the quality and effectiveness of research in Europe, by bridging the existing gaps between these areas.
The ambition of the Action is to initiate a breakthrough in the field of low-dissipative opto-magnetism and femtosecond spintronics with the help of a joint scientific program bringing together presently nearly non-overlapping scientific communities. By training a new generation of scientists at the interface of the involved disciplines, further development of the field will be ensured together with a successful translation of the scientific breakthroughs into innovative technological solutions.

Profiling the Atmospheric Boundary Layer at European Scale (PROBE)

Project number: CA18235
Period: 2019/10/29-2023/10/28
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technologies
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Giedrius Gecevičius

Project coordinating institution: Intitut Pierre Simon Laplace LMD (France)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), CNR (Italija), National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics (Romania), Institute for geophysics and meteorology (Germany), University of Warsaw (Poland), Institute of Thermomechanics (Czech Republic), Institut of GeoSciences Energy Water and Environment (Albania), Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (Austria),  Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (Belgium), Climate, Atmosphere and Water Research Institute at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria), Climate, atmosphere and water research institute at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria), Drzavni Hidrometeoroloski Zavod (Croatia),  Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia (Croatia), The Cyprus Institute (Cyprus), Department of Wind Energy (Denmark), DTU Wind Energy (Denmark), University of Tartu (Estonia), Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Estonia), Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland), Météo France (France), Ecole Polytechnique (France), Deutscher Wetterdienst (Germany), Universität zu Köln (Germany), University of Patras (Germany), Technical University of Crete (Greece), Hungarian Meteorological Service (Hungary), The Icelandic Meteorological Office (Iceland), Leosphere  (France), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) (Ireland), IIBR (Israel), ARPA Valle d’Aosta (Italy), Lithuanian Energy Institute (Lithuania), University of Evora (Portugal), National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics (Romania), Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), Institute of Physics Belgrade (Serbia), Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (Slovakia), Slovenian Environment Agency (Slovenia), University of Granada (Spain), Measurements and Data (Switzerland), Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos (Switzerland), İstanbul Aydın University (Turkey), Karadeniz Technical University (Turekey), STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (England), University of Reading  Meteorology (England), University of Sofia (Bulgaria), Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (Austria), Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland), Cimel (France), Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology (Germany), RPG Radiometer Physics GmbH (Germany), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), CNR-IMAA (Italy), University of Evora (Portugal), National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics (Romania), Institute of Physics (Serbia), Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (Slovakia), Universitat Rovirai Virgili (Spain), Universitat Jaume I (Spain), Meteoswiss (Switzerland), Karadeniz Technical University (Turkey), University of Reading (England).
Project summary: The atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) is the layer closest to the Earth’s surface within which most human activities take place. The vertical profile of atmospheric thermodynamic parameters in the ABL impacts weather, air quality, and climate. Surface sensor networks and satellite observations do not provide sufficient information on the high temporal variability and strong vertical gradients experienced in the ABL. Thus, despite its importance, ABL remains the single most important under-sampled part of the atmosphere. This observational gap currently hampers our ability to improve weather forecasts, air quality prediction, and climate model parameterization. However, this gap is mainly due to the lack of S&T networking and coordination. In fact, state-of-the-art ground-based remote sensing instruments able to provide ABL profiles (such as temperature, humidity, wind, aerosol, cloud) are currently deployed at numerous sites in Europe, but the harmonization of data and procedures is missing, limiting the effective use and societal benefits of the existing ABL profiling data. This Action aims to fill this gap, bridging user needs and the S&T expertise residing in industry and academia. This will be achieved through:

  • Capacity building of instrument operators to improve the use of state-of-the-art ABL profiling instruments
  • Fostering coordination between operational agencies and academia to tailor measurement networks for well identified applications
  • Enhancing pan-European research coordination to develop new products and tools for data assimilation and long-time series reanalysis
  • Identifying knowledge brokers enabling rapid exchange between academia, operational agencies, industry and end-users to ensure full exploitation for societal benefit.