Higher engineering training for environmentally sustainable industrial development. 543966-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-BE-TEMPUS-JPCR

The HETES project This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for the management of all Tempus actions.

Ukraine, as developing industrial country, faces the common problems of modern world, related to environmental footprint of industrial development such as depletion of mineral resources, anthropogenic pollution, climate change etc. Borderless biosphere and globalised economy make it impossible for any country to take up such challenges on its own. International and cross-European cooperation is increasingly important to ensure the sustainable development in future.

Societal needs, related to environmental challenges, require relevant human resource and, therefore, must be adequately addressed in the content and teaching methods of higher engineering education and lifelong training.

During the several decades in higher engineering education the content of training, related to environmental issues, was shaped around so called “cleaner production” concept. However, reaching of the environmental targets, established by society, will not be possible only by improvement of existing technologies and requires a synergy of more complex measures.

Therefore, a shift of echo-economic development paradigm is needed to ensure sustainable future. This will require reshaping the trajectories of technological innovation and the following issues must be highlighted:

  • necessary reductions of CO2 emissions require the major technological changes and improvement of the existing processes will not be sufficient;
  • shift from the “cleaner production” concept to the “industrial transformation” concept is required;
  • more complex efforts to address synergies related to all levels of systems of industrial production, distribution and consumption are needed;
  • future industrial transformation, aimed at the climate stabilization, will have considerable effects on economic activities, markets and behaviours.

To tackle the mentioned challenges the universities must be able to train the new generation of graduates equipped with knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively to the emerging needs of the society.

Our objectives

The core objective of the project is to improve the relevance of higher engineering education in Ukraine towards the challenges of current and future industrial transformation aimed at sustainable development and climate stabilization.

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This capacious target will be addressed through the following specific objectives to be achieved within the HETES project:

  • to develop the “Environmentally Sustainable Industrial Development” training course for MSc, PhD Programmes and LLL audience covering industrial sectors of Mining, Metallurgy, Energy and Manufacturing;
  • to bring the engineering curriculum where the interdisciplinary environmental aspects are adequately focused;
  • to create the Interfaculty Sustainable Development Centres in five Ukrainian universities;
  • to establish a platform for networking between the academia, research, industry and authorities towards the needs of sustainable society.

Target groups of HETES project and their needs:

  • educators — to learn the European experience in addressing the concerned societal needs by training;
  • students — to be equipped with skills and knowledge demanded by society;
  • LLL audience — to update skills and knowledge for new qualifications;
  • industry — to remain competitive under conditions of carbon-constrained economy;
  • society at large, as an actor in establishing the strategy for sustainable development.

Important innovative features of HETES project, compared to other initiatives in a field:

  • focus on interdisciplinary issues with the potential to bring technological synergies, needed for environmentally-driven industrial transformation;
  • strong ties with EU strategy towards societal challenges, established for TEMPUS and Horizon2020, providing synergy of efforts in training and research activities;
  • emphasis on building capacity to address the concerned societal challenges in a sustainable way through development of relevant human resource, establishing training centres and networks;
  • industrial relevance, achieved by involvement of non-academic partners;
  • addressing broad spectrum of training, covering MSc, PhD, LLL audiences.
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The project

HETES project consists of three core blocks designed to bring the established objectives of the project and four sets of supportive actions aimed to ensure smooth implementation of the project and high quality of its deliverables.

Training course Environmentally Sustainable Industrial Development for MSc and PhD Programmes

This block is aimed to learn the EU experience, analyse the needs of Ukraine and bring the course that will introduce the new interdisciplinary approaches required for sustainable and environmentally friendly industrial development in Ukraine.

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Following activities will be carried out:

  • Study of European practices of higher engineering education reform towards the demands of sustainable development;
  • Summarising of learnt experience in the brochure «Training of engineers for sustainable development: EU experience»;
  • Definition of skills, qualifications and learning outcomes required for sustainable and environmentally friendly industrial development;
  • Development of the new course for MSc and PhD programmes;
  • Selective update of existing taught disciplines.

New platform for networking towards the needs of sustainable society
The block is designed to acquire the European practices of various partnerships among higher education and external stakeholders, to define the suitable mechanisms and develop the roadmap for their application in Ukraine and, finally, to establish the relevant units which will ensure the sustainable exploitation of the developed measures.

Following activities will be carried out:

  • Development of human resources;
  • Elaboration of Action Plan “Higher education for environmentally sustainable industrial development”;
  • Establishing of Interfaculty Sustainable Development Centres (ISDC);
  • Establishing of the Joint Curriculum Boards (JCB).

Lifelong learning for environmentally sustainable industrial development

The block comprises the set of actions targeted to develop the strategy and approaches for the reform of continued education in Ukraine towards the European models and to offer the new lifelong learning course “Environmentally Sustainable Industrial Development” to the wide audience from different industry sectors.

Following activities will be carried out:

  • Acquaintance with European experience of lifelong learning;
  • Development of methodological recommendations on the reform of continued education;
  • Development of lifelong learning course Environmentally Sustainable Industrial Development.

Dissemination & Sustainability

The set of actions under Dissemination & Sustainability are introduced in order to ensure that target groups are aware of project, understand their benefits and committed to act towards the wider objective of the project within and beyond the project lifetime.

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Following measures will be applied in order to deliver the attained experience and knowledge to all interested target groups in Ukraine:

  • Launching and updating of the project’s website;
  • Distribution of press releases and info-packages;
  • Publications of the methodological materials;
  • Enhancing the role of industry in teaching and curriculum development;
  • Holding roundtables with external stakeholders;
  • Arrangement of Seminars, Workshops and Conference;
  • Facilitating of interaction between higher education and authorities.

Quality Assurance

The set of QC activities will be implemented in order to keep the relevance of project activities to the needs of the target groups and ensure the high quality of project deliverables. The mechanisms for both internal and external QC will be applied.

Pilot exploitation

Pilot trial of the project deliverables will be started during the lifetime of the project in order to assess the quality and, while the project is on-going, to introduce the improvements if any of gaps will be identified. The new courses will be introduced to teaching as follows:

  • spring semester 2014/15: pilot course taught to students of 1 MSc and 1 PhD program in each HEI;
  • autumn semester 2015/16: new course taught to majority of engineering students and some other relevant disciplines updated;
  • Lifelong learning course available from Nov2015.

To validate the course and to ensure that teaching methods are relevant to demands of industry the open lectures will be organised as well.

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Management of the project

The operational management of the project will be provided by the Project Management Team in order to ensure the involvement of appropriate staff and timely performance of all project activities. The following activities are planned:

  • day to day coordination of the project’s activities;
  • semi-annual coordination meetings of all project partners.

News & Activities

Conference “Higher engineering training for environmentally sustainable industrial development”

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, September 21, 2016


Acquaintance with best industrial practices in EU

Volvo Cars Gent, May 2016


5th Coordination meeting

Royal Institute of Technology, March 2016


Familiarising with models of lifelong training in EU partners

Study visits to EU partners, September 2015


Development of human resources for Interfaculty Sustainable Development Centres

Training of Ukrainian staff in EU universities


4th Coordination meeting

Buckinghamshire New University, February 2015


Workshop “Higher education for sustainable development”

Kryvyi Rih National University, October 23 – 24, 2014


2nd Coordination meeting

University of Granada, June 2014


Acquiring EU practices in modernisation of higher education towards sustainable development

Study visits to EU partners


Kick-off meeting of project partners

Dates: 5th – 7th February 2014
Venue: KU Leuven
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Gebroeders De Smetstraat 1, Gent, Belgium



Kick-off meeting, Gent, February 2014

Study visits to EU partners, Spring 2014

Royal Institute of Technology – from 17/03/2014 to 21/03/2014

Universidad de Granada – from 24/03/2014 to 28/03/2014

Buckinghamshire New University – from 12/05/2014 to 16/05/2014

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – from 26/05/2014 to 30/05/2014


2nd Coordination Meeting, University of Granada, June 11 – 13, 2014

Workshop “Higher education for sustainable development” Kryvyi Rih National University, October 23 – 24, 2014

4th Coordination Meeting, Buckinghamshire New University, February 04 — 06, 2015

Development of human resources for Interfaculty Sustainable Development Centres, May — June 2015

Training at the Royal Institute of Technology, 18/05/2015 – 22/05/2015

Training at the Buckinghamshire New University, 18/05/2015 – 22/05/2015

Training at the Universidad de Granada, 01/06/2015 – 05/06/2015

Training at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 08/06/2015 – 12/06/2015

Familiarising with models of lifelong training in EU partners, September 2015

Visit to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 07/09/2015 – 11/09/2015

Visit to the Royal Institute of Technology, 14/09/2015 – 18/09/2015

Visit to the Buckinghamshire New University, 14/09/2015 – 18/09/2015

Visit to the Universidad de Granada, 14/09/2015 – 18/09/2015

5th Coordination Meeting, Royal Institute of Technology, March 15 — 17, 2016:
list of participants
minutes of the meeting
presentation materials


Informational and dissemination materials of the HETES project

In this section you can get the information about the main activities, achievements and documents of HETES project. Presented materials are designed for public use and you are welcome to download, read and distribute them with the appropriate reference to the HETES project.

Dissemination leaflet for the period from December 2013 to April 2014

Dissemination leaflet for the period from May 2014 to October 2014

Dissemination leaflet for the period from November 2014 to May 2015

Dissemination leaflet for the period from June 2015 to October 2015

Dissemination leaflet for the period from November 2015 to May 2016

Monograph “Sustainable development of steel industry”, V. Shatokha, Dnipropetrovsk: Driant, 2015, ISBN 978-966-2394-18-4

Materials of coaching session for academic staff at NMAU “Academic research networks for the development of scientific potential”, by Ass. Prof. A. Koveria, Dnipropetrovsk, December 22nd 2015

Report on lectures for students trained for metallurgical plant LLC “Dniprostal”, by Ass. Prof. O. Zhadanos, Dnipropetrovsk, December 02 – 06, 2015

Decision of Academic Council for introduction of the new course “Sustainable development of industry” with 3 ECTS in all study programmes at the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine

Paper “Sustainable development and its feasibility”; V. Shatokha, M. Rogoza; Monograph “Management for Sustainable Development in transitional Economies”, Dnipropetrovsk, 2015

Paper “Analysis of Trends and Development Perspectives of Worldwide Iron Making Industry with Consideration of Climate Change Factors”; V. Shatokha, S. Semenko; Journal “Ecology and Industry”, #1, 2015, ISSN 2311-584X