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Successful workshop on e-learning tools for universities in South East Europe

Participants of the first workshop: Rear row, standing, left to right: Prof. Laszlo Radics, Hungary; Prof. Ivan Manolov, Bulgaria; Prof. Syle Sylani, Republic of Kosovo; Prof. Urs Niggli, Switzerland. Middle row, standing, left to right: Prof. Esma Velagic Habul, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Prof. Shukri Fetahu, Republic of Kosovo; Asst. Prof. Atanaska Stoeva, Bulgaria; Dr. Andrea Tobias, Hungary; Prof. Ardian Maci, Albania; Asst. Prof. Julian Shehu, Albania. Bottom row, left to right: Dr. Bernhard Sander, Switzerland; Prof. Bernhard Freyer, BOKU, Austria; Asst. Prof. Aleksandra Nikolic, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Dr. Matthias Stolze, Switzerland. Picture credit: Daniel Gorba, FiBL, Frick

The first workshop of the SCOPES project "Advancing training and teaching of organic agriculture in South East Europe" took place from 3 to 5 May 2012 at FiBL in Frick, Switzerland.

Five universities from South Eastern Europe that are engaged in teaching in organic farming have joined the project, which is sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and coordinated by FiBL. SCOPES  is a SNSF programme for research collaboration with Eastern European Countries and the new independent States of the former Soviet Union.

At the meeting, the work for the coming three years was planned and a number of decisions were taken. The principal aim is to substantially improve training in organic agriculture at the universities involved. Specifically, existing B.Sc. curricula will be developed to incorporate best practice from current courses at international and Swiss universities. Lecturers will benefit from advanced training, continuing education and knowledge exchange. As a first step, a questionnaire about existing courses offered by the partners will ask lecturers and students to comment.This survey will be evaluated. Options and opportunities to develop and utilise a common e-leaning tool and supporting material will then be assessed.

The next project workshop is scheduled for June 2013. It will be hosted by the Agricultural University of Plovdiv (AUP) in Bulgaria.

Further information

The six project partners

  • Albania
    • Faculty of Agriculture & Environment, FAE, Agricultural University of Tirana (AUT), Albania
    • Department of Crop Protection (CP), Faculty of Agriculture & Environment (FAE). Agricultural University of Tirana, AUT, Albania
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
    • Faculty of Agriculture & Food Science (FAFS), University of Sarajevo (US), Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
    • Department of Agrochemistry & Soil Science (ACHSS), Agricultural University of Plovdiv (AUP), Bulgaria
    • Department of Entomology, Faculty of Plant Protection & Agroecology (PPAE), Agricultural University of Plovdiv (AUP), Bulgaria
  • Hungary
    • Department of Ecological & Sustainable Production Systems (ESPS), Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB), Hungary
  • Republic of Kosovo
    • Faculty of Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences (FAV), University of Prishtina (UP), Republic of Kosovo
  • Switzerland
    • Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland (project coordinator)

FiBL contacts

  • Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, Director FiBL Frick
  • Dr. Bernhard Sander, FiBL Frick