Along with her associates Mrs Irina Kacian Ivetić, Mrs Lada Crnobori and Mrs Tamara Krajnović, the College of Occupational Safety and Health´s Dean Mrs Liljana Dolšak met with Mrs Snježana Štefok of the Institute for the Advancement of Safety at Work on September 16, 2015 and discussed further cooperation between the two institutions. The commitment to cooperate in various areas has been stated by both sides at a previous meeting between Dean Mrs Liljana Dolšak and Institute Director, Mr Vitomir Begović, with this meeting a further step toward specific future project cooperation. It is of mutual intent to pursue a partnership in EU-funded projects such as the Erasmus+ program, and the possibility of preparing a mutual specific project proposal and call application at the beginning of next year has been considered. There are various possible project ideas, with the College of Occupational Safety and Health´s positive experience as a partner in the ongoing project within the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships program, with Finnish partners as project coordinators. The current results of the project were presented by Mrs Kacian Ivetić, having pointed out the positive experiences in cooperation with the Finnish, Estonian as well as the second Croatian partner, the Bedekovčina High School. This project can serve as an example for formulating future mutual project proposals. The possibilites for cooperation between the College and the Institute include online courses in the field of work safety, so organizing webinars was also discussed.
College of Occupational Safety and Health´s Erasmus Coordinator Mrs Lada Crnobori participated at the Open University of Cyprus´ Erasmus staff week from June 22 – 26, 2015 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The Open Universityof Cyprus is an Erasmus partner to the College of Occupational Safety and Health. Participants from various European Union countries presented their respective institutions of higher education, negotiated potential future cooperation and participated in various presentations, lectures and workshops. It is interesting to note that all of the OUC´s study programs are performed fully and exclusively online. It is one of three Cyprus´ public universities, with a large international student base, due to its many courses offered in English. Very few of OUC´s students get to visit the building in the photograph where their University is based, however its many varied services and offices look just like their counterparts in ´classic´ universities. Some of the programs which might interest the College of Occupational Safety and Health´s students include the studies of Risk Management, Public Health Management, Environmental Protection and Information Systems Protection.
College of Occupational Safety and Health lecturers Mrs Liljana Dolšak and Mrs Irina Kacian Ivetić were invited as guest lecturers from June 15-17, 2015, in Celje, Slovenia, at the Higher Professional School – School of Economics, on the basis of the bilateral cooperation agreement between the two colleges. The Celje School is also an Erasmus partner to the College of Occupational Safety and Health. The lectures were attended by students of the Professional study of Safety, within their Safety and Health at Work course. Dean of the College of Occupational Safety and Health Mrs Liljana Dolšak´s lecture topic was Dangers, hazards and strain at work, while Mrs Irina Kacian Ivetić´s topic was Safety signs and their application.
The Dean and the Erasmus Coordinator of the College of Occupational Safety and Health met in Lisbon with the lecturers and representatives of the International Cooperation Office of the Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saude, Instituto Politecnico de Lisboa - Lisbon School of Health Technology, which also offers Work Safety and Environmental Protection among its study programs.
An Erasmus Agreement was signed with the Portuguese colleagues and the College of Occupational Safety and Health is currently in negotiations with them regarding student study stay and professional work experience exchange as well as teaching and non-teaching staff exchange.
Under the auspices of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education), the Conference of Professional Study Academies of Serbia (KASS) organized the Profiling Professional Higher Education seminar on cooperation in South-Eastern Europe, which took place in Belgrade on March 6, 2015. The seminar was opened by the Serbian Minister of Education, Science and Technology Mr Srđan Verbić, and presided by Mrs Ružica Stanković, President of KASS. It was attended by Mr Johan Cloet, Secretary General of EURASHE, Mr Marko Grdošić, EURASHE project manager, Mr Raimund Hudak, representative of the DHBW University of Stuttgart, Mrs Nada Kovačević, Prorector of Belgrade University, Mrs Marija Filipović-Ožegović, Manager of Tempus-Erasmus+ Office in Serbia, representatives of professional higher education instutions from Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia and others. The topic of the seminar was cooperation among professional higher education institutions in South-Eastern Europe, and some of the participants held presentations and lectures.
The College of Occupational Safety and Health was represented by the Dean Mrs Liljana Dolšak, Mrs Irina Kacian Ivetić, Head of the Quality and EU Projects Office and Mrs Lada Crnobori, Erasmus Coordinator and Head of the International Cooperation and Mobility Office. Contacts were made with EURASHE representatives, with the purpose of joining their association, with Mrs Biljana Apostolova, owner of MIT University of Skopje, Macedonia, with the purpose of signing an Erasmus Agreement and with the representatives of higher education institutions who the College of Occupational Safety and Health already has signed bilateral cooperation agreements with (Higher Professional School – School of Economics, Celje and Higher Technical School of Professional Studies in Novi Sad, Serbia). Our Celje partners´ project Balkan Train, which the College of Occupational Safety and Health intends to join, was also presented at the seminar.
The third meeting of project partners within the Safety Card in the Field of Lifting project was held in the city of Johve, Estonia, on March 10 and 11, 2015. The meeting was attended by the project partner representatives:
- Faktia Koulutus OY, Finland: Mrs Raija Salo – chief project manager and Mr Markku Hanhirova
- Ida-Virumaa Kutsehariduskeskus, Estonia: Mrs Helju Virunurm, Mr Meelis Vaher and Mr Jüri Kuzmin
- Bedekovčina High School, Croatia: Mrs Tatjana Sedak Benčić, Mrs Mara Ivančević, Mr Damir Bešenić and Mr Zlatko Papić
- College of Occupational Safety and Health, Croatia: Mrs Irina Kacian Ivetić, Mr Antun Matija Filipović and Mr Robert Lechpammer.
At the two-day workshop, the participants analyzed their work so far and prepared proposals for the new curricular additions within the new adult training program in the field of lifting. After the analysis, a single, mutual curriculum was created and activities were developed, for the preparation of the implementation of methods to be used by the new program participants in their training. Two film and animation scenarios were created at the meeting, to be used in the training. Tasks were divided with regards to the production of the rest of the scenarios.
After the introduction given by the headmaster, all of the meeting participants accompanied by the teachers visited the Ida-Virumaa Kutsehariduskeskus School and all of its classrooms and workshops, where they were presented with the students´ practical work.
At the end of the second work day, conclusions were brought and further steps, tasks and deadlines for all participants were agreed upon.
The Safety Card project will increase mobility, and the exchange of knowledge and experiences among the partner institutions, as well as improve the safety level in the field of lifting in all countries involved in the project. This will ensure an improvement in work safety at an international level and will lead to more protection of people´s lives and health through the new adult education program. Through all of this, wider social goals such as progress of the society as a whole, as well as sustainable economic development and social cohesion will also be positively influenced. The purposes of the project are the creation of the Safety Card certificate, which will be applicable in the field of lifting and acknowledged even outside the project partners´ countries, and a reduction in the number of injuries in this field of work.
The next partner meeting will be held in June 2015, when the Bedekovčina High School will be hosting the fourth meeting in the town of Bedekovčina, Croatia.
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