European Standards for Vocational Training in Urban Regeneration

Our partnership aims at establishing proper and reliable standards of vocational training in integrated urban regeneration. The principle is to provide a basis for thinking about urban regeneration and therefore the partnership involves academics and practitioners. We would like to achieve through provision of manuals containing examples of best practices in urban regeneration form Europe. The project is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci fund to develop a strong partnership and framework for future collaboration; however we are planning to expand the project through a different stream of funding.

In the first year of the project partners exchange know-how in field of urban regeneration as a interdisciplinary subject of didactic and vocational activity, comprising heritage management, financial aspects of regeneration projects, GIS analysis, sustainability and innovative applied urban conservation methods. The main approach will be continuous dialogue between partner institutions during meetings, mutual visits and through exchange of didactic and training materials.

During the second year of the project the partners will develop manuals for practitioners from each partner country focused on different aspects of urban regeneration, based on the most up to date case studies from each partner. This approach will ensure that partners can present good examples of practice in their countries and provide an opportunity to think how these could work in other places.

The final manuals should form a basis for programmes of vocational training and for formulation of uniform standards for vocational training in the field of urban regeneration. Its particular value is in focus on the World Heritage Site Cities, which are required to maintain highly effective management regimes in order to meet standards set up by the Word Heritage Committee, not only in spatial terms, but also social, concerning outreach schemes. The outcomes of the project will be translated into native languages of each partner.

Friday, 26 April 2013

SATURN meets again in snow-coated Warsaw - February 2013

The second meeting of the SATURN took place in Warsaw at the headquarter of the Warsaw School of Economics. The main objective was to clarify the shape of the final products of the project – manuals. As often happens  practice defines feasibility of a theory and our case would not be an exemption from the rule. The challenge lies in the delivery of coherent outcomes of the collaboration between partners, which operate in a different political  cultural and organisational environments. However, SATURN turns the challenge to an advantage by merging expertise of an educational body (Warsaw School of Economics), a research institute (CEIT Alanova), a heritage-led urban regeneration trust (EWH) and a civic association supporting urban development  (IURS). 

The partnership was privileged to meet Teresa Murinova represnting IURS from Prague. 
In Warsaw, we continued the dialogue started in Edinburgh to define the meaning of a standard and to ensure that the final product will have universal value. We also agreed that each partner will develop one thematic manual and all of them will be concluded in the final report. This is the point when the didactic and vocational component of the project step in. Moreover, each partner will contribute to another’s manual with own expertise providing an external insight through examples of case studies and good practices.

One of the greatest values of Leonardo da Vinci funded projects is an opportunity to learn from partners from another country. SATURN takes advantage of it through dissemination and engagement with specialists connected with each partner. During the meeting in Warsaw the project benefited from presentations given by colleagues invited by Warsaw School of Economics:

Katarzyna Mikolajczyk from the Centre for Development of Distance and Continuing Education spoke about E-learning at The Warsaw School of Economics

Dominika Brodowicz of the School’s Investment and Real Estate Department presented how E-learning is used in teaching about real estate on the basis of selected cases.

Aleksandra Jadach – Sepiolo also from the the Investment and Real Estate Department presented an exciting postgraduate programme of "Urban regeneration - organization and financing" based on case studies.

The session of the partnership presentations was closed by Daniela Patti from CEIT Alanova, who brought forward a range of inspirational case studies on uses of cartographic technologies in planning with a strong emphasis on community engagement.   

The second session of presentations was delivered by former trainers and trainees of postgraduate studies “Urban regeneration – organisation and financing”.

Presentation by Arkadiusz Boguslawski was particularly interesting from the perspective of the scope of SATURN as it was focused on a good practice in urban regeneration in the city of Zgierz (Poland).

Other contributors presented their experience in structural aspects of urban regeneration (Piotr Popik), assessments of funding applications to support efforts in urban regeneration (Ryszard Rosinski) and the importance of education in urban regeneration (Daniel Zynder).  

The meeting was closed with a discussion on an issue of dissemination of the project. We agreed that the best way to promote project will be a blog, which you are reading right now! It merges benefits of a website and newsletters. Soon after that Daniela Patti and her colleague Burcu Akinci of CEIT Alanova proposed a few logos for SATURN - jointly we decided for the one we call 'green man', which you can see in the top of the blog.

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