ABOUT UNICAM

Sustainability

UNICAM project has as main goal to attain a more effective, country-owned agriculture and food security through strengthening national capacities.The Sustainability Plan aims to have a long-last impact of UNICAM project results in the Partner Countries represented in the partnership. This is based in four aspects of which its implementation will assure the continuity of the project by itself.

 

Unicam activities with a long-lasting impact

  • The accreditation of a new Master in Sustainable Agriculture (MSA) program following the Bologna principles
  • Staff and Institution Capacity Building, through ATCs implementation, exchange programmes and equipment acquisition
  • Teaching and learning materials
  • The creation of a community of stakeholders and subject matter experts
  • Bi-lateral agreements between Partner and Programme Countries to promote the mobility of staff and master students in the future

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Activities

Advanced Training Courses

UNICAM organizes Advanced Training Courses (ATCs) focused on training staff members from Partner Countries to transfer the acquired competences and skills to prospective students of the master, thus contributing to the sustainability of UNICAM beyond the lifetime of the project.

Given the local shortage of many important competences and skills which are needed in the sustainable agriculture field, numerous specific courses are organized and implemented by Programme Countries. Besides giving theoretical knowledge and insights on these field, practical skills are also taught, so that the local lecturers can put their knowledge into practical perspectives.

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Teaching and learning materials

Apart from the large amount of theoretical knowledge and practical skills which were transferred to local lecturers to improve their training, ATC lecturers produce learning materials which are updated and adapted to the specific needs of Cambodia concerning sustainable agriculture. A wide variety of teaching materials can be developed to train staff members designed to cover a large set of competences and skills. These materials are fully available for Partner Countries to be used later, after the end of the project, as updated learning materials.

The peer-reviewed Journal (Asian Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Safety) coordinated by UNICAM members will also contribute to provide learning materials by the publication of updated laboratory and field methodologies and Master thesis results. This project output will allow having a long-lasting impact in the Partner countries represented in the partnership, especially on the Higher Education sector as a whole, as well as on the different target groups concerned by the project.

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Exchange programs

The mobility of Cambodian staff to Europe is crucial to improve the knowledge, competences and skills of the staff that will be in charge of the organization and implementation of the MSA. These activities are focused on training, participating in practical work in the field and in the laboratory, and also making a network between universities. Within the first two years of
the project, many core staff participated in these mobilities . As the involved staff have positions of vice rectors or lecturers of the Partner Countries universities, the knowledge and skills learned are totally in line with the purpose of the project.

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MSA program

Our four Master programs in Sustainable Agriculture arranged within UNICAM project are strategically located in different regions in Cambodia to provide a substantial workforce that possesses the knowledge, competences and skills on sustainable agriculture. In this way, the consistent need of job market is one of the means that ensure the sustainability of the programs. The master programs also have strong connection with local stakeholders which increase the practical perspectives of the program and also the job opportunities for graduated students. Along with the strong cooperation between Cambodian and European universities, research opportunities as well as grant funding are increased.

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Equipment

For the improvement of training, new equipment is purchased and upgraded as well as new teaching materials are developed and introduced in existing courses each year. The equipment purchased is based on the needs of the new master program to be used by the lecturers. As they have a long-term commitment with the MSA program, the sustainability of the equipment use is ensured.

Stakeholders and subject matter experts

Consortium Board members undertake a continuous search to update the list of stakeholders who contribute to the improvement and prolongation of the project outcomes.

These stakeholders play a very important role in the development and sustainability of the master programs. During the implementation of the program, their opinions about the content, opportunities and threats are of great interest. Workshops, organized in each university, contribute to collect the opinions of local stakeholders. Long-term cooperation between partner universities and local stakeholders it is aimed as it brings the benefits to both parties. In the workshops, the local stakeholders give a realistic perspective on the required skills, knowledge and competences that MSA students should have to ensure their opportunities in job market. On the other hand, these workshops are also a disseminating mean for the programs to be known by the local stakeholders so that their graduated programs can be easily recognized in the job market.

Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)

UNICAM facilitates the signature of bi-lateral agreements between Partner and Programme Countries to enhance the staff and student mobility in the future. Indeed, the cooperation between European and Cambodian partners will not be finished after the UNICAM project. As such, several Memorandums of Understanding among partners will be promoted to facilitate this cooperation. This together with other research cooperation, such as the Asian Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Safety (AJAES) ensures the long-term cooperation among the partners. Thought these project, better understanding and stronger foundation between universities is built, which surely facilitates the future cooperation.