The aim of this strategic partnership is therefore to enhance students’ international competencies for the renewable energy sector. The objectives are:
1) Develop a diagnostic tool in the form of an App which will:
- Establish, for the first time, an understanding of the International competencies required of new graduates for the European renewables industry
- Enable students to diagnose and monitor their individual stage of development in these international competencies at the outset of the project
- Provide a framework for tracking development of these competencies throughout the project
- Identify individual competence outcomes and ‘distance travelled’ at the end of the project
2) Develop innovative learning approaches to interdisciplinary and multicultural participation in a ‘real world’ renewable energy project that enhances team working and leadership skills
3) Deliver and evaluate an industry informed intensive study period for 39 multidisciplinary students from 3 EU countries (repeated annually for 3 years)
4) Track the effect of these learning activities on participants’ graduate job search strategies and first job after graduation
5) Develop a module that will be integrated into partner intuition’s curriculum
This strategic partnership is based on a multi target needs assessment of Students, Academia and Industry. The academic partnership combines three universities from 3 different countries so that they can develop and share good practice. This partnership is further enhanced by an industrial Strategic partner in the form of Constructionarium in Scotland . There will be industrial working partners from each country (including Nocart Ltd, Finland,and ECOBoard Europe B.V. in the Netherlands and Scottish Renewables and the Science Council in Scotland – letters of commitment in Annex 5) who will be consulted on the stakeholder needs assessment as well as design of potential learning environments that informs the curriculum.
The focus of the strategic partnership is absolutely central to the Internationalization and Employability Strategies of the partner institutions and will contribute to several key targets of Europe 2020. Shared transnational and multicultural experiences, practices and approaches undoubtedly enhances the overall strength of the outputs from the project.