Sustainicum Collection

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.


ConSus presented at the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2015 in Basel, Switzerland

From 8-10 September 2015 more than 100 researchers around the world met in Basel, Switzerland, to discuss, critically reflect and advance transdisciplinary research and learning.

The ConSus training program and its relation to transdisciplinary learning was presented by Marlene Mader, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, in the session “Learning in and through transdisciplinary processes”. Together with Jonas Meyer, University of Graz, Ms Mader addressed the question ‘Can transdisciplinarity in teaching and learning contribute to regional sustainable development? Scaling up experiences from an EU project in Albania and Kosovo’.

Find out more about the Network for Transdisciplinary Research, and the conference booklet, including program and abstracts of the key note speeches, paper presentations and workshop sessions.

Photo of ITD-Conference 2015 poster

EU Project: New Methods and Teaching Curricula

The Consus Project has already started the third year of its implementation. The 3rd Management Meeting was held in July 2015 at the European University of Tirana, focusing on the core issues of project management such as establishment of libraries on Sustainable Development in partner Universities, installment of infrastructure which will facilitate the work of the Network, etc

On the content point of view Consus project managed to do a great step ahead - The first two training sessions has been conducted in Luneburg/Germany and Graz/Austria for lecturers from the partner institutions of Albania and Kosovo. Four more training sessions will be held in order to discuss how to integrate sustainability related issues and regional stakeholders into university teaching. They will be conducted in Limerick/Ireland, Prishtina/Kosovo, Tirana and Vienna/Austria.

Moreover, teaching staff of all 7 HEIs of the ConSus project will finalize more than 80 innovative teaching resources on different topics of sustainability related to both countries, Kosovo and Albania. These teaching resources will be displayed on a web-based platform. They will be downloadable for free in order to be applied also by other interested university lecturers. An added value of this project is the RCE Albania (Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development) which presented a new initiative undertaken by its Network Partner Eco-Tourism Agency.

Projekti i BE: Kurrikula dhe metoda të reja të mësimdhënies

2nd ConSus training in Graz, Austria

Integrative development processes for sustainable and regional development have been discussed together with 21 participants

The 2nd ConSus training took place at the University of Graz from 7-10 July 2015. Organized and moderated by the team of the RCE Graz-Styria, the program consisted of integrative approaches of sustainable and regional development. Among others, the participants discussed present sustainability challenges in Albania and Kosovo, the impact of Social Entrepreneurship and the role of societal stakeholders in sustainable development in lively discussions and role-play games.

Regional development approaches have been illustrated from a practical point of view by an excursion to the “Styrian Vulcanoland” including a discussion with a representative from a regional development agency and a tour at the elder berry farm “Holler Vulkan”. In total 21 participants from all 9 partner institutions from Albania and Kosovo participated at this training.

Luneburg Meeting Photo 1

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1st ConSus training in Lüneburg, Germany

19 participants from Albania and Kosovo engaged in a training on multi-stakeholder learning and sustainability communication from 5-8 May 2015.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg provided the location for the first out of six training sessions in the course of the ConSus training program on science-society collaborations. During four intensive days 18 participants from seven universities and two NGOs in Albania and Kosovo received insights into inter- and transdisciplinary research and teaching, sustainability communication and multi-stakeholder learning at Leuphana University.

Opportunities for collaborations between universities and social stakeholders for sustainable development were identified and discussed from different perspectives, including the university/lecturer/researcher perspective, the students’ perspective and the stakeholder perspective. The inputs and workshops focused on university teaching with the aim to support the participants in their development of ConSus teaching and learning materials, e.g. workshops on how to describe learning outcomes of courses or how to plan appropriate assessment methods.

More detailed information about the training in Lüneburg can be found here:
Download ConSus WP4 Report - Training Lueneburg
Luneburg Meeting Photo 1

Report WP4.1 Training participants selection

This report, delivered by the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (ULG), deals with the application and selection process for participating in the ConSus training programme

Report WP 2.1

This report, delivered by the Polis University Tirana (U_Polis), deals with the needs analysis for the science-society network. It is part of the 2nd work package aiming at developing a science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo.

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ConSus Teaching Method Handbook

This report lists teaching methods and teaching method outlines, which focus on collaborations between higher education and societal actors (such as partners from business, industry, NGOs, governmental institutions, municipalities, regional planning offices, the tourism sector, civil society, educational institutions)

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Progress Report WP3.4: Status quo development of teaching materials

This progress report gives an overview about the topics of the teaching materials (ongoing process) which will be developed by stakeholders and staff members of the Albanian and Kosovar partner institutions.

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Report WP 1 Analysis of sustainability collaborations and expertise

The report, delivered by the European University of Tirana (UET), gives an overview about regional stakeholders working in the interface of science-society collaborations and sustainability. It also includes a pre-evaluation of sustainability related expertise among the identified stakeholders.

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2nd Management Meeting in Limerick, Ireland

February 24th-27th, 2015, University of Limerick

  • General reflection of the project
  • Preparation of training sessions
  • Introduction and discussion of teaching resources
  • Administrational topics
Photo of 2nd Management Meeting in Limerick, Ireland

Western qualification for Albanian professors

The European University of Tirana launched the call for application for lectures, in the framework of the project ‘Connecting Science-Society Collaborations for Sustainability Innovations’, CONSUS. The Call invites lecturers from European University of Tirana to participate in trainings organized in partner Universities (in EU and beyond) with regard to innovative teaching methods. There will be 4-6 lecturer from the European University of Tirana who will be involved in these training sessions.

CONSUS, kualifikim perëndimor për pedagogët shqiptarë

ConSus Project, a bridging stone between science and society.

In the framework of Tempus ConSus project, the European University of Tirana (UET) has organized the first workshop with the participation of stakeholders from science and society, at the premises of UET. The establishment of the Network for Albanian socio-economic stakeholders was a success not only in term of diverse participation of stakeholders but also due to their contribution into the raised topics and issues. Despite the current stakeholder involved in the Network, it is stated that the participation is opened and dynamic, which means that new stakeholders may join the Network in the due course.

Projekti “ConSus”, një urë lidhëse mes shkencës dhe shoqërisë

Albania and Kosovo establish the ‘Science-Society Network for Sustainability Innovation

Article published in the daily newspaper MAPO on 04.11.2014
Shqipëria dhe Kosova me Rrjet bashkëpunimi
“Shkencë-Shoqëri për Inovacion të Qëndrueshëm”

2014 Global RCE Conference in Okayama, Japan
EU-Tempus project ConSus awarded for being an „Outstanding Flagship Project“

Within the annual RCE global conference 2014 In Okayama/Japan the EU-Tempus project “ConSus” was recognized as an “Outstanding Flagship Project”. The project was appreciated for its contribution to strengthen the connection and collaboration between higher education institutions, research and ESD practice.

Photo of CONSUS participants holding the award.

1st Management Meeting in Luneburg, Germany

October 21st-24th, 2014, Leuphana University Luneburg

  • General reflection of the project
  • Work package presentations, progress so far and next steps
  • Administrational topics
  • Internal evaluation meeting with QSKN

Resource Platform Meeting & Quality Control in Vienna, Austria

September 1st – 4th, BOKU Vienna

  • The project and the meaning of science-society collaboration (presentation)
  • Review of learning materials and teaching methods (presentation)
  • Requirements for ConSus teaching resources (presentation)
  • Adapting an existing teaching material (presentation)
  • Analysis of current sustainability collaborations and expertise (presentation)
  • Identification of suitable topics for ConSus resources (world cafe)
  • Implementation of world cafe outcomes (discussion)
  • Platform functionality status quo and ConSus requirements (presentation)
  • Internal evaluation meeting with QSKN

Report WP 3.1 Review of available teaching materials and methods

The report, delivered by the Leuphana University of Luneburg (ULG), Germany, gives a review of worldwide available teaching resources that focus on fostering the collaboration between higher education and society.

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Report WP 1.1 Analysis of regional science-society collaborations

The report, delivered by the European University of Tirana (UET), Albania, gives an overview and a common understanding of the current situation of sustainability partnerships in the partner countries Albania and Kosovo.

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Kick-Off Meeting in Graz, Austria

February, 17th-20th, University of Graz

  • Discussions on budgeting, financial issues, use of forms, contractual obligations, administrative issues
  • Presentation and discussion of all work packages
  • Common understanding of sustainability (world cafe)