Integrated Doctoral Program for Environmental Policy, Management and Technology – INTENSE


KKNU structure involved: Education and Research Institute of Ecology
Project coordinator: Kateryna Utkina
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Erasmus+ Action type: Capacity Building in Higher Education
Project reference: 586471-EPP-1-2017-1-EE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Duration: 15 October 2017 – 14 October 2020
Coordinator: Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
Budget: 822,296,00 €


The project addresses such root causes of environmental problems in MN, UA & VN, as poorly formulated policies, inadequate selection of management actions and the lack of suitable technology, by building capacity for academic excellence in doctoral training in environmental studies in PCs (and beyond). It aims: (1) To improve the practice of doctoral training and professionalise its governance by integrating PhD programs dealing with environmental policy, management and technology in 7 PCIs to 3 nationwide integrated doctoral schools (INTENSE NIDS), based on common Code of Operational Practices & research framework (COP & RF), and consolidating these schools into the INTENSE International Network. (2) To enhance doctoral training provision by integrating and upgrading existing learning contents that can be used for doctoral provision (total 80 ECTS by M36), infrastructure for accessing the courses and setting&monitoring flexible research training trajectories and their progression (INTENSE open education platform, including sustainable mechanisms for its development and maintenance) and shared access to research facilities. INTENSE will offer PhD students customized training trajectories and options to enrol on the courses, which will contribute to the progression of PhD theses; the IT infrastructure will provide access to the e-courses (including MOOCs) collected from all the PCIs belonging to INTENSE, from the full range of disciplinary fields related to environmental policy, management and technology, and to eScience modules creating individual learning portfolio. (3) To build the capacity of PhD students to improve their published output, through a strengthened multidisciplinary approach to doctoral training, aided by facilitating access to global and EU research networks (including facilitation of academic mobility), development of transferable skills, promotion of joint research/supervision arrangements & interdisciplinary & practice-oriented thesis topics.


Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia — grant coordinator
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
University of Latvia, Latvia
Odesa State Environmental University, Odesa, Ukraine
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine
National University of Mongolia, Mongolia
Khovd University, Khovd, Mongolia
Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh University of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam

Associated partners:

ˮErda Research Technology Educationˮ Company (ERTE), Racewijk, the Netherlands
ˮRZ. Research. Management. Communicationˮ Company (RZ), Lund, Sweden

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