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EXPO LIVE OFFERS INNOVATION IMPACT GRANTS

 Starting in 2016, Expo Live will offer Innovation Impact Grants to support projects in the areas of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Expo Live is a EUR 100 million programme that aims to create partnerships, incentivise new solutions or scale up existing solutions that could benefit the lives of millions of people around the world.

Between October 2020 and April 2021, Dubai will host the next World Expo. Bringing together more than 180 nations and an international audience of 25 million visitors, it will be one of the greatest shows on Earth. Expo 2020 Dubai is guided by the belief that innovation and progress are the result of people and ideas combining in new ways, which explains the theme: ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. The World Expo includes 3 main topics: Opportunity, Sustainability, Mobility.

Regardless of whether you are a social enterprise; small entrepreneur; university, research or educational body; not-for-profit foundation; private company or public-private partnership; government institution or public association; non-governmental organization; community-based or grassroots group, you can apply for grant. The detailed information and application form are available on the official website expo2020.

2016-06-16


BSPU representatives at the Inclusive Creativity Symposium in Sweden

Since 27 to 30 April 2016 the teachers from BSPU have participated at the Inclusive Creativity Symposium and workshops in Gothenburg , Sweden. The lecturers from the chairs for aesthetic education, musical education, deaf education and speech training have presented Belarus at this event. The project was supported by Swedish cultural NGO «Share Music Sweden», which makes collaborative projects Sofit with BSPU since 4 years.

At international gathering teachers from BSPU could meet people, representing either themselves as individual practitioners or their cultural/ educational institutions, who are variously committed to musical innovation and accessibility. 

The agenda was addressed from three perspectives: 1) the development of new technologies, 2) composition and performance for inclusive ensembles and 3) training and validation.

The disabled now get a wide range of possibilities to express themselves by new musical applications and musical instruments. BSPU participants have discussed these trends and shared experience with their colleagues from Sweden and Germany. Concerts, workshops, discussion platforms were organized during the Symposium in order both to  inspire disabled people to make the life more colorful and encourage educators and musicians put more weight on such issues in everyday life.

Last day BSPU participants have established contacts with a Director of Arts & Humanities Research Institute in the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland Frank Lyons and outlined the ways for future collaboration.

2016-05-23


Visit of BSPU professor to Mathematikum museum

The associate professor from BSPU Almas Sherbaf has visited the Museum Mathematikum  in Giessen (Germany) in the framework of the EU project  MOST - Mobility Scheme for Targeted People-to-People-Contacts.

Mathematikum is the world first science interactive museum, which offers a huge variety of mathematical hands-on exhibits. It was founded by Albrecht Beutelspacher, a German mathematician..

The purpose of the Mathematikum is to let people of any age, gender and any qualification learn mathematics by personal experience, rather than teaching it using formulae or equations and hardly ever numbers and symbols. The visitors can therefore learn, by participating in more than 150 interactive exhibits in the museum and by gathering, a different mathematical experience from each of the exhibits.

The trip purpose was both to get to know the unique museum pedagogical methods and modern trends in the mathematical education and to meet the famous mathematician Albrecht Beutelspacher.  

Since 1988 he is a tenured professor for geometry and discrete mathematics at the University of Giessen. He became a well-known popularizer of mathematics in Germany by authoring several books in the field of popular science and recreational math and by founding Germany's first math museum, the Mathematikum. He received several awards for his contributions to popularizing mathematics. He has a math column in the German popular science magazin Bild der Wissenschaft and moderates a popular math series for the TV-Channel BR-{\displaystyle \alpha }α (educational TV).

I`ll do my best to introduce and develop in Belarus the experiences and ideas, presented here, says  Almas Sherbaf. She is very thankful for such brilliant opportunity to MOST program and Goethe Institute in the Republic of Belarus.

2016-05-19


International seminar «Competence Development and University Curricula”

May 18, 2016 BSPU hosted the international seminar, as a BSRUN member.The seminar was initiated by BSRUN (Baltic Sea Region University Network) and BSPU. This event is among the most important in the high education area of our country. The seminar is aimed to  elicit the mechanisms for building and developing competences in university curricula in the framework of Bologna process. Competency-based approach defines the literacy level of a modern teacher by their ability to deal with professional issues and other complicated tasks under changing conditions.

The seminar was hosted on a high level  with a participation of a Minister of Education Mikhail Zhuravkov, BSPU Rector Alexander Zhuk and BSRUN President Kari Hypponen and representatives of other universities, BSRUN members.

BSRUN President Kari Hypponen delivered a speech about network community of Baltic Sea universities, which unites more than 30 universities and about effective ways of their collaboration. Every year the BSRUN network organizes international conferences, which provide a good platform for experiences exchange and establishing new contacts.

BSPU Rector Alexander Zhuk has presented the Belarusian experience of a continuous pedagogical education for sustainable development. The other seminar speakers were the prominent  researchers from United Kingdom, Poland, Finland and Belarus.

The participants of the seminar have discussed the issues of enhancing quality of education and strategies of internalization. They exchanged experiences in implementation European Master Programs and multiple or joint degrees in the framework of Bologna process in Belarus.  

After the end of the seminar the participants have adopted a resolution, where they have outlined the common areas in the vocational education, which will enable to elicit the perspective directions for future collaboration in the network.

2016-05-17


Participation of BSPU students in the project on sustainability

BSPU students, SNIL members «Pedagogical education for sustainable development» have taken part in the ecological project «Nordic best practices for energy efficiency in Belarus».
This project was organized by Association «Education for Sustainable Development» in partnership with NGO “Eka-Maisterni” supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania, Embassy of Sweden and Finland in Belarus. The project is aimed to integration and promotion of Nordic practices for energy efficiency in local communities through building of children and adult eco teams in the local educational institutions.
One of the project activities was a contest of accounts in social networks «Green accounts», aimed to support of ESD practices of energy effective lifestyle and development of media and communicative competencies of school communities participants.
Eco teams have collaborated closely with families, local communities and BSPU students, who explore and train ESD practices in the schools, members of   Association «Education for Sustainable Development», −  told SNIL coordinator, professor of Natural Sciences Department Nikolai Strekha.
According to contest results five the most creative eco teams were invited to Nesvizh castle to present their activities at the Festival for best ESD practices. Among the best school teams were eco teams from Pinsk, Dzerzhinsk, Khodocy, Molodechno and Krasnoe.
Both schoolchildren, their teachers and BSPU students have taken part at the workshop “Energy effective community: Partnership of School and Local Community”.

According to project results there will be the recommendations developed for implementation of Nordic best practices on Energy Efficiency in Belarusian educational institutions.

2016-05-17


International Symposium «Education for Sustainable Development for All Generations – Social Contract»

International Symposium «Education for Sustainable Development for All Generations – Social Contract» was held at the educational institution Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank in Minsk, February 10-11, 2016.

The Symposium «Education for Sustainable Development for All Generations – Social Contract» was organized by its initiators:

Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank, Belarus, Association “Education for Sustainable Development», Belarus and Wissenschaftsladen Bonn e.V., Gerrmany in partnership with: Republican Insitute for Professional Education, Belarus, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Belarus, Mogilev State Regional Institute of Education Development, Belarus and leading universities of Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russian Federation. The participants from China, Poland and Kazakhstan were presented in a distant way by their research papers.

The high level of the event and the importance of the discussed issues were proved by the participation of representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, enterprises, Ministries of Education, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Ministry of Economic and etc.

The topic of the 1st day was Education as a Key Mechanism of Sustainable Development. In their keynote lectures the experts from Belarus, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia have discussed the theoretical background of education for sustainable development (ESD) and have designed the implementation paths. During the podium discussion Commissioning of Social Services to Education the experts have outlined the significant issues of this area.

On a 2nd day the participants have taken part at common dialog platform in order  to discuss the mechanisms how the life-long learning can influence the sustainable development processes: ensuring ecological integrity, economical sustainability, social welfare and development of the human resources in the regions. Then they have outlined the proposals about widening of the influence of education on different areas of society. The generalized proposals were presented then in a Symposium`s Memorandum.

2016-05-04


 

Scientific Cooperation.

Tempus INOVEST.
To develop methodological bases of inclusive education, work out approaches and principles of creating inclusive school, BSPU participates in realisation of the International Project Tempus INOVEST-530417-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-DE "Oriental partnership in the sphere of pedagogical innovations within the framework of inclusive education".

The foreign partners of BSPU on this project are Carlsruhe Institute of Technologies (Germany), Alicante University (Spain), Royal Technological University (Sweden), National Pedagogical University named after M. P. Dragomanov, Odessa Regional Institute of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education, South-Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushinskiy (Ukraine), State Pedagogical University named after Ion Kryange, State University named after Aleku Russo (Moldova).
The university carries out learning seminars and distant professional development for principals and teachers of the schools which conduct the adoption of inclusive education on the main issues of organization and methodic equipment of combined teaching and upbringing. 30 pilot schools of the project (20 schools in Minsk region, 10 schools in other regions of the Republic of Belarus). The regional network of coordinators on spreading information about pedagogical innovations in inclusive education is being created.
Grants of BRFFR.
On the grants of Belarusian Republican Fund of Fundamental Research the workers of BSPU carry out the following international projects:
•    "Production and research of crystals and thin films of haycockite Cu4Fe5S8" (supervisors – Susan Schorr, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Professor of the Institute of Geological Sciences of Berlin Free University; V. R. Sobol, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Professor, Dean of Physics Department of BSPU);

Within the framework of the project the procedure of producing a new chemical semiconductor compound is being developed. It defines the regularities of influence of the chemical contents of volumetric and film samples on the physical characteristics of haycockite (Cu4Fe5S8), including electroconductivity, optical transparency, magnetization, thermal stability. The results will provide a higher efficiency of using solar energy.

"Belarusian and Azerbaijani as a factor of development and strengthening of cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Azerbaijan" (supervisors – Shukurbeili Tavakkul Gadi oglu, Doctor of Philology, Manager of research laboratory "Word Center" of Baku Slavic University; V. D. Starichenok, Doctor of Philology, Professor, Dean of Belarusian and Russian Philology Department of BSPU). 


Belarusian-Azerbaijani Dictionary is the first reference edition in the history of lexicography. The materials of the dictionary will contribute to effective communication in various situations, development of dialogue between Belarusian and Azerbaijani peoples, perfection of humanities contacts in the educational system, activization of translating and increasing number of translations of Azerbaijani literature into Belarusian and Belarusian literature into Azerbaijani;

"The model of universal psychological-pedagogical training of university teachers on the base of realization of competence approach as a condition of their personal and professional development" (supervisors – O. B. Dautova, Doctor of Pedagogics, the leading researcher of the laboratory of methodology and prognostics of development of pedagogical education of Federal State Research Establishment “Institute of Pedagogical Education and Education of Adults”; A. I. Andaralo, Candidate of Pedagogics, Docent, First Vice-Chancellor of BSPU).
A model of universal psychological-pedagogical training of university teachers on the base of realization of competence approach, providing the conditions and mechanisms of their personal and professional development, has been created.