EnRHEd Project Newsletter – October 2020
Welcome to our second EnRHEd Project newsletter! This newsletter aims to keep you up to date with the latest news and share key information about our exciting Project.
As we already mentioned in our Newsletter of June 2020, the Coronavirus is delaying the development of some objectives of the EnRHEd project, especially regarding mobility flows. But we do not stop!!!
On the contrary, while waiting to start traveling again, the EnRHEd team is deepening many aspects of the Project in order to reach its own goal, namely: “The Enhancement of Rwandan Higher Education in strategic fields for sustainable growth”
So, let’s take a look at this last months of work…
ONLINE MEETINGS ON FOOD TECHNOLOGY
“The study of food technology is to advance new methods and systems for keeping food products safe and unaffected from natural harms such as bacteria and other micro-organisms”
In June 2020, among the many initiatives, the EnRHEd team organized a series of webinars on “TEACHING IN FOOD TECHNOLOGY” held by Prof. Davide Barbanti of the University of Parma (Italy). Webinars were addressed to the members of the teaching staff involved in the programs related to Food Science and Technology (FST) in UR, INES, IPRC and Faculty of Agriculture of UTAB.
The first webinar, entitled “The complexity of teaching in food science and technology”, was attended by people from the partner institutions of the EnRHEd Project, as well as the second meeting, entitled “A proposal for problem solving approach”. Finally, the third and last webinar, entitled “Focus your targets, your objectives and, if possible, add some of your creativity to teaching!”, ended with the compliments of Prof. Barbanti to all participants, who showed deep interest in the topics covered.
People who attended the webinars received an official certificate of participation that attested the success of the course.
REVISION OF CURRENT CURRICULA BY THE ENRHED TEAM
July – August 2020
“The university must be a hotbed of scientific activity, a real laboratory in which teachers and students collaborate to investigate new real issues already discussed.”
Revision of current curricula and set up of new programs in the field of food science and technology (FST) and in the field of environmental protection, safety and management (EPSM) offered by Rwandan HEIs has already started some time ago. An excellent opportunity to compare contents and methodologies…
The EnRHEd team in charge of this work is represented of several professors from the Project Partner Institutions and is working hard to improve as much as possible the didactics and the educational offer of the 4 Rwandan HEIs.
The planned interventions are partly common to the HEIs involved, partly differentiated in content and teaching methods, in order to train professional figures at different levels and with different skills who, in the same economic sector, meet partly different but complementary needs.
To find out more about the aspect of curriculum revision, click here
THE FIRST PRACTICAL RESULTS OF THE PROJECT
“There is real progress only when the advantages of a new technology become for everyone”
The creation of a digital teaching/learning platform to facilitate e-learning is one of the objectives of the EnRHEd Project, as well as the link between all HEIs and internationalisation at home.
To do so, it is necessary to create the necessary conditions to “start” with this virtual platform, where teaching/learning materials will be shared, to attend distance learning courses, to do a virtual internship. This prerequisite is first of all the installation of computer labs where students and professors can easily access e-learning.
So that, we are happy to share with you the news that at the beginning of September UTAB firstly received the hardware material – PC, external hard disk, projector, software… – for a value of 23,000 Euro/25,259,000 Rwandan Francs thanks to the EnRHEd Project. This digital material will be installed soon in the new computer lab and will be available to everyone from UTAB.
To find out more about the aspect of digital infrastructures, click here
You will be updated on further developments shortly!
THE ENRHED TEAM