Dissemination and sustainability
The sustainable impact for society at large is reflected in all objectives of RECOAUD. The support of regional industry and ministries ensures success of the project.
First, education in the field of Eco-Audit and Environmental Management will be aligned according to international standards. Although the curriculum focuses on lifelong learning, it can be adapted into general education at universities beyond RECOAUD. Furthermore, in the future the program can be integrated into E-Learning of participating universities. In addition, European universities equally can integrate the gained experiences into their education programs. The aimed accreditation of the course, supported by regional ministries of education, ensures extension and continuation beyond RECOAUD.
Training of teachers:
16 teachers from partner universities are trained within an innovative approach. To save resources, only two teachers from each university take part in the actual training seminars. However, videotaping of the trainings and clear guidelines ensure an efficient knowledge transfer and multiplier effect (2 teacher -> 2 other teachers). Finally, given the number of trained teachers, continuation of the courses is ensured as well as the extension to other regions or universities (multiplier effect by “teacher training teacher”) beyond RECOAUD.
By training not only specialists, but also students, a best possible multiplication is achieved. First, trained specialists can multiply their know-how in their own company as well as to subordinate ones or associations. Second, students represent the future generation of specialists. Additional education increases their chances on the job market, whereas they then multiply their experiences to future workplaces. In sum, a sustainable impact on regional industry (companies) and society (workers and students) is achieved.
The development of case studies has a sustainable impact on education and practice equally. By integrating case studies in future courses, the education is fostered. Furthermore, innovative case studies will achieve a sustainable impact for international research and education. By involving students in case study development, their motivation is raised. Finally, by further dissemination (e.g., E-Learning), other companies can apply them as best practice examples.
By accrediting and anchoring the program in participating regions, awareness on site is increased sustainably. By extending the program to other regions and industries, national cooperation is fostered. New cooperation between ministries, universities and industry can be introduced and old structures strengthened. Thus, a nationwide multiplier effect and efficient knowledge transfer is achieved.
Continuation beyond the project:
Close cooperation and good balance of the workload within the consortium creates a great basis and motivates for continuation. The development of an E-Learning program might be an objective of a future Tempus project. Joint research in this field can be implemented. Joint conferences or the mutual invitation is only one inference. Existing student exchange programs (e.g., between TUD and SSTU) can be extended in the consortium. Continuation of the program can be financed by participants from the industry, who will pay for this certified additional education. Commercial use and dissemination of the case studies (e.g. to associations) can co-finance the continuation.
RECOAUD achieves to raise the awareness of the national society, using an innovative approach and multiplier effect. The education for both, students and practice, according to Eco-Audit and Environmental Management is standardized. Existing structures are extended and regional and national cooperation (ministry-industry-society) is fostered. Thus, RECOAUD will have a great sustainable impact on the society at large.