Modernization of Doctoral Education in Science and Improvement of Teaching Methodologies (Modest)
36 months (2018-2021)
Latvijas Universitāte – Latvia
Coordinators Yerevan State University (YSU)
National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA)
Armenian State Pedagogic University after Kh. Abovyan (ASPU)
Brunel University London – UK
Helsingin Yliopisto – Finland
Uniwersytet Jagiellonski – Poland
Yerevan State University (YSU)
National Polytecnic University of Armenia (NPUA)
Armenian State Pedagogic University after Kh. Abovyan (ASPU)
Belarusian National Technical University
Polotsk State University
Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno
Federal State Educational Budget Institution of Higher Vocational Training
Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography
Kazan National Research Technological University
Moscow Institute of Physics And Technology (State University)
Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University
MODEST project aims at modernization of doctoral education in Science in Partner Countries. Wider project objective is “To enhance cooperation capacities of Higher educational institutions of Partner Countries in the field of Doctoral Studies within European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and European Research Area (ERA)” and specific objectives are:
Improve quality and employability of doctoral graduates of PC HEI’s by modernizing doctoral education towards interdisiplinarity, internationalisation, enhancing mobility, using new teaching methodologies in line with Salzburg Principles, BFGU recommendations.
Facilitate successful adherence with Bologna reforms and its instruments by organization of special training sessions for academic and administrative staff of HEI’s in PCs.
Improve up-skills of research and educational staff by retraining them on new teaching methods and create modern learning and research environment based on student centred approach, competence-based program development.
Improve structure and internal capacities of services of doctoral education and research by setting up Doctoral Training Centers in PC HEI’s; ensure their sustainability and cooperation with EU partners by establishing a professional network using modern ICT tools.
To meet these objectives, the project will make use of the analysis of best EU practices and of the needs of PC to develop training materials and organize intensive retraining of HEI’s staff. Structure and content of DTCs will be worked out, including set of regulatory documents, instructions for DTC creation, programs and materials for DTCs and interdisciplinary Summer schools for doctoral students. To ensure sustainability, a web-platform and Virtual Network environment will be developed using participatory approaches and ICT methodologies. Synergy with other European initiatives will be sought via participation of consortium members in EU networks and organizations (Coimbra Group, EURASHE, etc).
Websites: https://www.modest.lu.lv, https://www.emodest.eu/
The Erasmus+ MODEST project training “Organization and Management of Doctoral Training and Research Methodology”, 27-28 May 2020 (ZOOM)
During 27-28 May 2020, the Erasmus+ MODEST project training “Organization and Management of Doctoral Training and Research Methodology” took place as the virtual (Zoom) event hosted by the University of Helsinki (UHEL)/ Brunel University London (BUL) team. This event, originally planned as the physical training at the Hyytiälä Forestry Research Station (Finland) was reorganized by UHEL in the virtual domain because the corona-virus situation. In total, more than 160 participants registered, about 130 different persons attended during the first and second days of the training (with the largest number – 83 – during the 1st session). These included international participants - professors, researchers, teachers, PhD students as well as heads, managers, staff of different organizations - from 14 MODEST partners Universities as well as from other 15 interested Universities/ Institutions.
The MODEST training was organized in 5 sessions and included a series of oral presentations including discussions (as time allowed). At start, these covered the Latvian, Polish, UK and
Finnish experiences in technology enhanced learning, organization and assessment of PhD students scientific activities, effective supervision of PhD and MSc students remotely, organization and
administration of doctoral education, respectively. During the 2nd session, each Armenian, Belarus and Russian partner of the MODEST project shared needs of doctoral students and partner countries to establish Doctoral Training Centers (DTCs) & got take-home-work-assignments to develop drafts on organization and management of DTCs. The 4th session focused on reporting for current
status/ progress on developments of the MODEST courses (in total 14) including their descriptions. These courses are arranged into 3 main strands (A – Research, B – Teaching and Learning, C- Collaboration and Communication). During the 3rd and 5th sessions, the UHEL team members also shared UHEL’s experience in the Finnish and Nordic Centers of Excellence, international projects with PhD students’ involvement into training networks, university educational courses at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station: advanced approach, teachers’ and students’ perspectives and points of view, gaining transferable skills, studying and researching interactions between forest and atmosphere; and aspects of art-science collaboration in education.
At the end of each day of the training, the participants were interviewed anonymously through online questionnaires (by grading usefulness of each presentation delivered, evaluating most/ least important
aspects of the sessions, and suggesting possible improvements) to get a feedback on the training.
Materials of the training (slides and video-recordings of oral presentations) will be available at:
The take-home-work-assignments (for each MODEST Armenian, Belarus and Russian University/ partner) were given on developing organization and management of DTCs taking into account own needs
and those (if applicable) shared by other participants. During summer 2020, further elaboration will be done through horizontal communication/ exchange of the MODEST colleagues from different
Universities involved into the DTCs development.
On July 16, 2020 the second MODEST (Modernization of Doctoral Education in Science and Improvement of Teaching Methodologies) meeting of doctoral students' network took place. Discussions highlighted topic of the stress management.
Attendees discussed what stress is in general and what its types are, what is the effect of stress on the body, thinking, emotions, actions. Seminar helped to deepen under-standing of the causes of stress, improve their stress management skills, so that there are more skills to overcome stress more successfully in different situations. Interesting fact was that mostly stress is associated with negative feelings, however different re-searches show, that among events, when people people have one of the highest level of stress, are also different positive events such as marriage, graduation and other meaningfull events.
Despite of summer vacation season in the seminar participated more than twenty students from seven universities from Latvia, Poland, Russia, Belarus and Armenia.
This event was organized by MODEST project manager University of Latvia (grand holder) and Kazan National Research Technological University (Kazan, Russia) and it was lead by Roman Kupriyanov, Associate Professor, PhD in Psychology (Kazan National Research Technological University).
The Erasmus+ MODEST project aims at modernization of doctoral education in Science in European countries and Armenia, Belarus, and Russia. A wider project objective is to enhance cooperation capacities of Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) of Partner Countries in the field of Doctoral Studies within European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and European Research Area (ERA).