The name of project is GreenCo, which is acronym from official name “Green Computing and Communication” (reference number 530270-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-UK-TEMPUS-JPCR).
This project is financed by the TEMPUS programme, which encourages higher education institutions in the EU Member States and partner countries to engage in structured cooperation through the establishment of consortia.
Curriculum Reform, 3 years
- To introduce a Green Computing & Communications programme for master students in UA and RU universities;
- To introduce a Green Computing & Communications programme for doctoral students in UA and RU universities;
- To facilitate intensive capacity building measures for UA and RU IT tutors;
- To establish two PhD incubators in UA and RU on Green Computing & Communications.
The project content and methodology
To reach the wider objective of the project a master and doctoral degree program on Green Computing and Communications (GCC) for Ukrainian and Russian universities will be introduced. Through this master programme the close cooperation links between national R&D institutions and university systems in Ukraine and Russia will be spanned and high quality of education in a higher education system in GCC programs will be enhanced.
- WP1: Project Management - describes the working methodology adopted for effective coordination and management procedures: project Steering Committee tasks allocation, arrangement and hosting of coordination meetings, short summary of duties foe project coordination and local management teams in both partner countries.
- WP2: Development of GCC curricula for master students - The aim of this WP is to develop tailor made curricula for Master in GCC for 8 partner universities and 2 research institutes in Ukraine and Russia, in order to support a systematic approach to education and research in this very important topic. The development of the curricula will be based on knowledge transfer from EU partners, thus enabling development of European up-to-date curricula, in accordance with all current standards, including the Bologna process. This WP is closely connected with WP3, as the same processes, and where applicable same events will be used for reaching of project goals. WP4 is aimed at capacity building for the local staff working on this WP. Special attention will be paid to networking with other local stakeholders relevant for the topics, to ensure awareness rising and sustainability.
- WP3: Development of GCC curricula for doctoral students - The aim of this WP is to develop tailor made curricula for PhD in GCC for 8 partner universities and 2 research institutes in Ukraine and Russia, in order to support a systematic approach to education and research in this very important topic. The development of the curricula will be based on knowledge transfer from EU partners, thus enabling development of European up-to-date curricula, in accordance with all current standards, including the Bologna process.
- WP4: Capacity building for UA and RU PC’s tutors - describe the system for comprehensive training in the relevant theoretical, analytical and research skills needed to design and introduce the above modules to Ukrainian and Russian master/doctoral students.
- WP5: Establishment of two PhD incubators on GCC - describe the plan proposed for the networking with local stakeholders in regional and national levels, development of roadmap for establishment of PhD incubators, piloting PhD incubators and analysis of its results.
- WP6: Dissemination plan - includes the specific measures aimed on broad dissemination of main WPs outcomes and outputs by web-based communication mechanisms, as well as face-to-face meeting, launch events in both of the participating partner countries, networking and final dissemination conference to be hosted by key Ukrainian partner – KhAI.
- WP7: Sustainability plan - summary of the activities aimed at strengthening the institutional and financial sustainability, attracting the external funding after the finishing of eligibility period.
- WP8: Quality control actions - present the actions taken by project team for assessment and assurance of quality control of main WP: financial and technical reports, activity reports, QA by project coordinator and local teams, feedbacks from target groups of project beneficiaries and other project teams by using inter-project coaching service.
Target MSc and PhD programmes are intended for IT bachelor graduates to gain an understanding of the green computing methodologies and paradigms, energy efficient system level software such as compilers, hypervisors, monitoring and profiling tools, workload managers, and programming environments, energy aware large scale distributed systems, such as Grids and Clouds. It is suitable for those aspiring to be software developers, software architecture designers, FPGA developers, experts on distributed infrastructures.
Each of the modules consists of 3 chapters, where their content reflects the theoretical and practical knowledge used technologies for GCC and R&D for green FPGA-based computing, wireless-based computing and communication, IT-Infrastructures, Smart Energy Infrastructures.
The main performance indicator is that each partner university have developed at least one tailor made curriculum master/doctoral module successfully which was introduced before the end of the project with all planned components.
The curriculum development was based on the following steps:
- Detailed needs analysis and planning of curricula and its’ placement for each university, discussion among all partners and appointment of academic teams (during kick-off meeting);
- Knowledge transfer from EU’ partners: sharing and adapting of curricula from EU partners, discussions, peer reviews, quality control, support in development of lecture material, guest lectures and processes, where all partners from EU are involved based on the detailed needs analysis and experience of EU partners;
- Continuous monitoring and evaluation of courses development process and final courses itself through a series of QA measures and peer reviews.
Establishment of 2 PhD incubators on GCC
- PhD webinars: initiated and arranged by MSc and PhD students without supervision (2 webinars each decade approx.);
- Face-to-face PhD workshops: initiated and arranged by PhD students without supervisions (by availability);
- Virtual pre-defences of PhD thesis: initiated and arranged by PhD students with supervision (1-2 during the year);
- Journal “Green computing and communication” arranged by involved PhD students, complemented by MSc and PhD students. Supervisors and industrial partners are invited for applied publications (1 in a year).