About project:


The name of the project: ITACA - Innovative Training Center to support a 3rd cycle Advanced Education Course to face Environmental Emergency in Azerbaijan (609758-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP) Erasmus+ KA2 CBHE project


Grant holder / coordinator: University of Rome La Sapienza (Italia)


Project duration: 3 years (2019-2022)


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ITACA project deals with the design and building up of a Training Center, 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 Training Center will design and develop a one year postgraduate 3rd cycle course managed in collaboration between industry and academia. The current HE system in the Country does not include a 3rd cycle of education different from PhD courses, while in EU it has been proved successful, especially in the field of ecology and environmental sciences, as well as engineering. The introduction of this new type of course, constituting a bridge between Universities and industries, could contribute to solving the emerging issues in the field of environmental remediation in the Country. An innovative teaching methodology will be applied, based on EU experiences, thus contributing to the modernization of local HE system. 
The planned activities are:
  • the design and building up of a Training Center, where EU and AZ universities and stakeholders will share their experiences and new technical and scientific knowledge in the field of environmental remediation to jointly face the environmental challenges in the Country;
  • the design and development of a postgraduate 3rd cycle advanced course on environmental remediation, to train professionals skilled in new technologies to be implemented to solve the actual emergencies in the field;
  • the evaluation of the feasibility of the introduction in AZ of this new type of education (the 3rd cycle) that is absent in the current local HE system (apart from PhD), in the view of constituting a bridge between the academic and industrial sectors, to favour students introduction in the job market, thus contributing to a quality enhancement of the technicians in the AZ companies, as well as increasing their competitiveness on a national and international level;
  • the introduction of an innovative and more practical teaching methodology, consisting of problem-based learning and project work. 
The expected results of the project are:
  • to contribute to the modernization of the Az universities and to improve the higher education of engineers and technicians in the field of soil and water remediation, and waste management to face the impact of oil and gas extraction activities in Azerbaijan
  • to improve and speed-up the employability of graduates and staff and their entrepreneurial capability
  • to introduce new advanced technology in the area of environmental remediation and waste management
  • to get the oil and gas extraction industry more sustainable.