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Development of an Interdisciplinary Programme on Climate Change and Sustainability Policy (CLIMASP)

Funding Agency: Tempus Programme (European Union's programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region, mainly through university cooperation projects)

Project number:  543879-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-GR-TEMPUS-JPCR

Leading Partner: University of Crete

NCU Role: Partner

Partners: University of Crete, Leuphana University Lueneburg, Heliopoilis University for Sustainable Development, Suez Canal University, Aswan University, Port Said University, Education for Employment Foundation Egypt, Egyptian Business Women Association, Hashemite University, University of Jordan, American University of Madaba, Jerash Private University, Jordan Environment Society, Notre Dame University -Louaize, Lebanese American University.

Project's Main Objective: The focus of the interdisciplinary CLIMASP program is to address the issue of climate change and sustainability policy from an environmental, social, economic, cultural and political perspective, with regional reference.
Higher Education plays a critical role in making a healthy, just, climate-neutral and sustainable society. It prepares most of the professionals who develop, lead, manage, teach, work in, and influence society's institutions. Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in Middle East, while recognising that their region's contribution to the damage of the global climate is less when compared to developed regions, they do recognise the urgency for meeting the challenge as Middle East is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. Tackling the urgency of the regional climate change impacts, HEIs necessitate developing interdisciplinary learning, curricula and teaching.
The wider objectives are to transform current unsustainable practices with respect to interdisciplinary collaboration and promote interdisciplinary climate change curricula in the partners' countries universities.
The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Develop and implement capacity-building workshops for building interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder driven climate change curricula responsive to societal needs.

  • Involve university staff and other key stakeholders (e.g. students, professionals) in the development of an undergraduate interdisciplinary program on CLIMAte change and Sustainability Policy (CLIMASP) in each partner country university.

  • Integrate, implement and assess the CLIMASP program as an integral part to existing  undergraduate academic degrees in disciplines like education sciences, applied sciences, technical sciences, economics/ business sciences, humanities and social sciences.

  • Contextualise the Europass supplement diploma in the partner countries' universities and the Arab region.

Frederick University will:

  • Assist in carrying out the management and communication tasks.

  • Lead the work package WP7 in monitoring and quality assurance assisted by the two other EU partners as well as key external and internal experts.

  • Take part in the construction of the stakeholders' survey instruments.

  • Assist University of Crete in carrying out the national and regional training workshops.

  • Participate in all activities related to dissemination and sustainability.

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