Joining forces to build Azerbaijan’s new sustainable training center in environmental engineering

Joining forces to build Azerbaijan’s new sustainable training center in environmental engineering

A team of researchers is visiting Aalborg University as a part of an effort to bring Azerbaijan’s resource utilization into a more sustainable future. The goal of the ITACA Project is to train graduated students and solve the emerging issues in the field of environmental remediation of the country.

Last modified: 28.06.2022

Two professors from Azerbaijan are visiting Department of Chemistry & Bioscience, AAU, for a month. The aim is to observe how we teach on campus in Aalborg and along with researchers Cristiano Varrone and Jeppe Lund Nielsen to prepare new joint teaching material for Azerbaijan students of the advanced course in environmental remediation and sustainable oil & gas extraction.

The team of Azerbaijan and Danish lecturers will teach together, where the team from Aalborg is responsible for the topic Bioprocesses and remediation, while the team from Azerbaijan is responsible for pollution prevention.

The visiting researchers are:

  • Farhad Aliyev, PhD and Chief of the International Relations Department, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (AzUAC). Instructor at the Environmental Engineering Department.
  • Etibar Gahramanov, Environmental Engineer and GIS Instructor, Environmental Engineering Department, Baku Engineering University.

ITACA is a 3-year Erasmus+ project that aims to improve and modernize the resource management of Azerbaijan, so that they are ready for a more sustainable future. The outcome of the ITACA Project is to form highly trained experts to be employed in the fields of remediation and oil and gas production.

Training students to reduce risk

The project will design and build up a Training Centre, involving EU and local institutions, as well as enterprises active in the field of environmental impact of oil and gas production, to contribute to the strengthening of the relationship between university and industry, by jointly training graduated students to be employed in the field.

The Innovative Training Centre will support a postgraduate 3rd cycle advanced course facing environmental emergencies in Azerbaijan and supporting a more sustainable use of resources. The introduction of this new type of higher education course constitutes a bridge between Universities and industries.

Aalborg University is responsible for the development of new teaching methodologies (based on the university’s model of Problem Based Learning (PBL). Read more about the PBL Model here.

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