The objectives of the FIEB-UTM project selected for the Jean Monnet Activities call

Selected for the implementation of the project “Sustainable Industrial Development in the context of European integration” – within the Jean Monnet program promoted by EACEA – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, the team of authors from the Faculty of Economic Engineering and Business of UTM reveal the objectives, the steps to be taken and the importance of this project, which, for the first time, involves the Technical University of Moldova in carrying out an Erasmus+ project for Jean Monnet Activities.

Cornelia CRUCERESCU, university lecturer, PhD in economics, project coordinator:

– The project is planned for a period of 3 years and will start on 01.09.2019. The general objective lies in contributing to the economic integration of the Republic of Moldova into the EU by training students and other target groups in identifying solutions for sustainable, smart and inclusive growth for enterprises of the industrial sector.

In the elaboration of the project we started from an analysis of the demands of the employers, which show that the labor market requires qualified specialists, who possess deep knowledge regarding the sectoral sustainable development in the context of European integration. We also took into account the European requirements regarding production, quality assurance, waste management and ecological security, use of mechanisms to support SMEs and entrepreneurship, implementation of innovations, functioning methods of the European business environment.

The role of UTM, as we see it, is guiding students in their professional training, choosing their career path based on knowledge that meets the European development priorities. Knowledge of European values ​​is a priority for the country that has chosen the European development vector. At UTM, courses on the functioning mechanism of the EU and the process of European integration are taught to students of cycle I – Bachelor, with the aim to initiate students in the studies on the EU, without details on the aspect of industrial sustainable development. We consider that the topic on economic integration with emphasis on innovations, European cooperation, quality management, ecological security, organization of the future entreprises, productivity and competitiveness requires special attention, especially at UTM, where specialists (engineers, managers) are prepared for different industrial branches of the national economy.

We aim to deepen our knowledge of the EU by teaching a course about it regarding industrial development, entitled “Sustainable industrial development in the context of European integration”, taught to the students of the second cycle – Master, following the study program “Business Administration”, but also in summer schools for other target groups. The students will be informed about the EU strategy on sustainable development and its priorities, about the integration process of the Republic of Moldova in the European space but also about the best management practices for building the industrial enterprises’ path towards sustainable development. It is important for students to be trained on how and where to find the necessary information and answers to the challenges they meet, to know what is the normative-legal support, what are the sectoral associations, NGOs, scientific research institutions, support projects that help the sustainable industrial development process. The knowledge process will be carried out by information, following of the official website of the European Union and management of publications related to the development of the community space, analysis of documents and events, participation in discussions and debates during lessons and seminars, round tables, conferences, implementation of individual tasks, elaboration and defence of master’s theses on the project topic.

Rafael CILOCI, university lecturer, PhD in economics, dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business Engineering:

– The content of the courses is structured in such a way that the Master’s graduates will initially be informed about the institutional and legislative aspect of the EU, in order to ensure that all students have a sufficient starting base to deepen their knowledge about the European integration specific to sustainable development. The course will also include topics related to understanding the concept of sustainable development, its economic, social and ecological aspects, studying the business macro-environment: political, economic, social, technological, ecological and its impact on sustainable development, with references to policies, strategies, documents, events and the official website of the European Union. Students will be informed about how the process of aligning the Republic of Moldova with the European principles of sustainable development is proceeding, what are the advantages of European cooperation in technology transfer and implementation of innovations, what is a factory of the future and what is the role of clusters in sustainable development, the necessity to implement unique quality management standards, food security and occupational health security, which are European practices regarding SME development, entrepreneurship and regional development experience.

At the end of the Master’s studies, at least 5 Master’s theses will be elaborated with the topic of the project and with emphasis on the specifics of different industrial sectors. Students will be motivated to study more deeply the European integration process of different industrial sectors in the normative-legal aspect, economic cooperation, innovative technologies, competitiveness, economy of resources and energy efficiency, jobs and social satisfaction, ecological security.

Veaceslav BÂRDAN, associate professor, PhD in economics, head of the Economic Theory and Marketing Department, FIEB:

– We see an important opportunity to deepen the knowledge about the EU in the organization of summer school courses for Bachelor and Master’s students of other specialties, whose studies were not particularly related to the EU, but which are interested to find out how the knowledge about the EU can guide them in their professional career of an engineer or a manager.

To ensure constructive dialogue and cooperation between different co-interested parts: public – academic – business – civil society, round tables will be organized during the project, the scientific conference with international participation, to which students, scientific researchers from different educational and research institutions will be invited, representatives of youth organizations, NGOs and sectoral associations, experts and business people, academic staff from European universities with which UTM has collaborative agreements. These events will ensure a better information and a deeper initiation of the youth in understanding the future prospects of the Republic of Moldova under the EU – RM Association Agreement and all relevant EU policies on sustainable development. The results of the debates will be followed by the publication of scientific articles in material collections, but also in profile journals.