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Erasmus+ GEONETC

Project Type

Capacity building and syllabus development


October 2016 to October 2019




The syllabus and course books of some thirteen subjects to be taught online for M.Sc. students were developed

Project type



Developing of the course books of the subjects to be taught online to M.Sc. students

This project was a Erasmus+ project of the European union directed and coordinated by University of LUND, Sweden. The programme Erasmus plus GEONETC ,funded by the European Union in the framework of the Capacity Building for Higher Education. It was concerned with online M.Sc. students admission in some Kurdish Universities in Iraq and some universities in Iran.
The project is about capacity building using GIS and RS for improved environmental management in Iran and Iraq.
The main objective of this project was to create a sustainable capacity building programme in environmental management and modeling, and to improve the quality and accessibility of higher education in Iran and Iraq. Geographical information systems (GIS, remote sensing (RS) are key techniques to be included in the thirteen courses to be developed and implemented, and e-Learning is the form of the courses.
While environment is one of the key components of sustainable development, one can conclude that one of the main
impacts of the project will be on “sustainable development”, as one of the transversal issues for Europe and its
partner countries.
Within the project, 13 courses have been developed. By studying these courses, students will learn how to use GIS
and RS to improve and facilitate environmental management and modelling in Iran and Iraq. eLearning systems
have been launched in Iran and Iraq that make courses easily accessible to all, including students and
organizations, irrespective of geographical and time limitations as well as gender.
Through several dissemination activities, general awareness on the importance of GIS and RS for better
environment management has increased, and more support from policy-makers on this matter is expected.
This project facilitated and improved sustainable development by:
- increasing knowledge and skills (via teaching courses)
- increasing awareness (dissemination activities)
GIS and RS are growing markets, and the labor market has a high demand for skilled staff. It has been observed
that students who are trained on GIS/RS can find job immediately, in Europe, Iran, and Iraq. If the students have the
knowledge of both GIS/RS and its applications the chances of employability are even higher. To summarize: the
courses developed in this project are beneficial to increase employability.
The eLearning systems, which have been implemented in the partner countries in this project, will increase
accessibility to the courses. Not only students in different parts of Iran and Iraq, but also current staff who are
working in environment management organizations can study the courses online; The higher accessibility to the
courses, the higher number of skilled people, the better environmental management, the higher chance to achieve
sustainable development, and the higher employability.
The project was not about “gender balance” and “equal opportunities” in its nature. However, it had indirect impact on
these issues. e-Learning systems provide equal accessibility to learning/teaching and training materials for all
genders trained. Also vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities that have difficulties to attend on campus
courses, could get training services on distance, over internet.
The project by itself was aware of an equal gender balance in its management and implementation teams. Throughout
the project period there had a good gender balance among the team members, pilot students, and experts.
With the compliments of:
Dr. Mohammed Azeez Saeed,
Salahaddin University-Erbil,
Kurdistan Region-Iraq.

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