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May 19, 2017

SUSTAIN in Select List of Erasmus Mundus Action 3 Projects

The SUSTAIN Project has been included in a selection of recent Erasmus Mundus Action 3 projects with a "good level of sustainability and high importance to activities under Erasmus+." Erasmus+ is the European Union programme which supports projects, partnerships, events and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport.

"The projects selected are good examples to illustrate the wide geographical scope and the manifold subjects of the EM Action 3 projects. They all demonstrate that arrangements for dissemination of results, quality assurance, plans for sustainability and the long-term exploitation of their results were properly addressed."

SUSTAIN or Strengthening higher education in Urban Sustainability and Transitions towards internationalisation of Academic Institutions and Networks is coordinated by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies together with different academic institutions and organizations from Europe and Asia.

"It should be highlighted that the broad majority of EM Action 3 projects were successfully implemented. The very good results have been achieved to a great extent thanks to the commitment and passion of people directly involved in the projects. The good interaction between the participants has been identified as one of the strong elements of the EM Action 3 projects. Most of the project testimonials reconfirm that the success of their projects depended to a large extent on the good cooperation and communication between all involved partners."

Some excerpts on the SUSTAIN Project from the brochure are as follows:

And what do you like about your project?

We valued the co-design and co-development of the educational modules in sustainable urban development involving not only a diversity of project partners but also external collaborators that in return to the inputs they provide, they can access all the material developed. So there is a self - sustained mechanism in place that stimulates co-creation of knowledge and value. Furthermore, the diversity of outputs of SUSTAIN project entails innovative and high quality of curriculum development, e-learning development and implementation, development of an informative e-platform and organization of promotional workshops, seminars and conferences. 

Has the EM Action 3 initiative encouraged you to continue the work initiated during the project?

We reflect on how we can further advance the outcomes and results and how we can further expand our network and collaboration with our existing partners. The objective is to continue using the thematic modules, developed by SUSTAIN, in higher educational programmes as widely as possible for maximising further the impact of the project. In addition courses, summer schools, building blocks in Master courses in the field of Sustainable Urban Development could be developed based on SUSTAIN modules and products. Furthermore, the SUSTAIN consortium after the completion of the project aims on publishing a book on the thematic SUSTAIN modules where partners and collaborators could provide inputs in the form of book chapters.

How and by whom the outcomes of your project will be used in the future?

Will students have a particular benefit from the outcome? The outcomes of the SUSTAIN project will benefit lecturers, educators, educational programme managers and students in the field of sustainable urban development. Firstly lecturers and educators can incorporate SUSTAIN educational modules in their own curricula and programmes and benefit the students who are enrolled in these programmes. Secondly, in addition to the opportunities that students will have to get trained through high quality educational modules, they have also the opportunity to enrol in the 3 SUSTAIN e-modules and follow these online courses from anywhere they are without any costs. Thirdly, they can access the SUSTAIN e-platform and get information on European and Asian University programmes in the field of sustainable urban development along with information on fellowships and practical issues for studying in Europe.

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