STEPS Erasmus+ MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems
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Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Bihać is a partner in the consortium of the project “MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems / STEPS” approved and funded by the European Commission – EACEA, (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – EU).
Aims and objectives
Implementation of a modern MSc programme on “Sustainable food production systems”, in compliance to the Bologna convention. The MSc Programme will address interdisciplinary and interdependent topics, related to a cost effective, environmentally friendly and socially accepted food production of high quality.
Will be combined in a flexible and modular educational programme
- food cultures and sociology,
- agriculture and rural development,
- food engineering, quality and safety,
- environmental footprints,
- economics, management and governance.
STEPS Consortium – 11 partners
Program countries (4 PC)
- CULS (P8)-Czech Republic
- USAMVB (P9)-Romania
- TEISTE (P10)-Greece
- ReadLab (P11)-Greece
Partner countries (7 PC)
- AUT (P1)-Albania (coordinator)
- UET (P2)-Albania
- UHZ (P3)-Kosovo
- UC (P4)-Kosovo
- UNBI (P5)-Bosnia & Herzegovina
- UNSA (P6)- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- MESCS USK (P7)- Bosnia & Herzegovina
Development of teaching/learning environment
Detailed argumentation and specification for equipment procurement
Two types of laboratories will be developed:
The first will be the “Food Quality Control Lab”; it will offer the advantage of specifying experimentally the quality of agricultural products.
The second will be the “Food Production Systems Management Lab”; it will offer an opportunity for the students to design and analyse processes and supply chains and to evaluate the performance of production systems, in terms of energy consumption, and environmental impact.
Meetings of the UNBI STEPS team
In the framework of the MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems / STEPS “UNBI STEPS team regularly holds meetings. Activities, plans, challenges, travel are discussed at meetings. So far, 9 meetings have been held in 2019. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Una-Sana Canton (MESCS USK)
TV promotion of STEPS project
TV promotion of project “MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems/STEPS” project (Erasmus +, Key Action – 2 Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education) http://www.rtvusk.ba/video/dnevnik-1342019/3744
STEPS Kick off meeting in Tirana
The “Kick-off” meeting was held as two days event in Agricultural University of Tirana, on 18-19 March, 2019. The objectives of this meeting was to present in detail the project aim and objectives, work plan, activities and planning, the allocated budget, draft documents of the Dissemination/exploitation, Strategy and Quality Assurance Plan. Also enabling partnership to establish boards and working groups. The UNBI team was represented by Prof. As. Emir MUJIĆ, Prof. As. Suzana JAHIĆ and Ph.D. As. Jasmina IBRAHIMPAŠIĆ.Furthermore discussion and planning of all other work packages, and to prepare for the next meeting in Bucharest.
Study visit – University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Bucharest, Romania
The study visit was held at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Bucharest, Romania, in the main building (Marasti str. 59), in the University Campus and also, at the Moara Domneasca Training and Experimental Farm of USAMVB. The event took place on 05-08th of June, 2019, from 09:00 to 18:00 o’clock.
The objectives of this meeting were to present in detail the progress of the project after six months, work plan, activities and planning, the allocated budget for all activities, draft documents of the work packages, deadlines, and to prepare the next meeting in Peje. On the other hand, the meeting was important to provide participants the opportunity to get to know and compare with own experience the strategies and practices for the organization of teachers training initiatives in Romania. UNBI team was represented by Prof. As. Emir MUJIĆ, Prof. As. Suzana JAHIĆ, Ph.D. As. Jasmina IBRAHIMPAŠIĆ and Prof. As. Halid MAKIĆ
Survey – Online Questionnaire– with stakeholders July-August 2019
Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Bihać (UNBI) and Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Sarajevo (UNSA) organized a Survey (Online Questionnaire) with stakeholders from the field: Policymakers, representatives of public institutions in the area of food production system, agribusiness etc., academics and experts, private sector representatives in the area of food production system, agribusiness etc. Online survey included nearly 80 stakeholders from across BiH. Stakeholder database is Attached
In depth interview UNBI September 2019
For the purpose of implementing the tasks and activities of the “MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems / STEPS” project (Erasmus +, Key Action – 2 Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education) Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Bihać, organized in-depth interviews have been completed with several stakeholders dealing with food sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The respondents are represented by a variety of sectors such as: policymakers, representatives of public institutions in the area of food production system and agricultural, academics and experts, private sector representatives in area of food production system, agricultural production and agribusiness. In-depth interviews are organized in collaboration with Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Sarajevo (UNSA)
UNBI Roundtables with stakeholders
For the purpose of implementing the tasks and activities and the promotion of the project “MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems / STEPS” project (Erasmus +, Key Action – 2 Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education), Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Bihać, organized roundtables with stakeholders. Information sources included the following stakeholders:
- Representatives of public institutions in the area of food production system, agribusiness etc .;
- Academics and experts;
- Private sector representatives in the area of food production system, agribusiness etc
STEPS Peja meeting
The Peja meeting (D3.2a, D8.2c, D10.4.a) was held as three days event in Haxhi Zeka University of Peja, on 11-13 September, 2019. The objectives of this meeting were to present in detail the progress of project WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP8, WP9 and WP10, MSC structure and program proposal, etc. Furthermore, discussion and planning of all other work packages, and to prepare for the next meeting in Sarajevo. On the other hand, the meeting was important to provide participants the opportunity to get open lectures, visit in factories, compare and share experiences, and further discussion for the next scientific staff training initiatives in Sarajevo. Representatives of the University of Bihac (UNBI), Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Prof. As. Emir Mujić
- Prof. Asoc. Husein Vlić
- Prof. Asoc. Suzana Jahić
- Prof. Asoc. Jasmina Ibrahimpašić
Cluster meeting at the University of Banja Luka
As a representative of the STEPS consortium Prof As Emir Mujić attended the Cluster meeting held at the University of Banja Luka organized by the National Erasmus Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina (NEO BA). The meeting was held on November 27, 2019.
The Cluster meeting gathered representatives of 12 Capacity Building in the field of higher education (CBHE) curriculum development projects involving higher education institutions from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The other stakeholders also took part as representatives of national authorities (Ministry of Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of the Republika Srpska and Department of Education of the Government of the Brcko District).
The event included a presentation of Capacity Building in the field of higher education (CBHE) project, including STEPS.
The aim of the Cluster meeting was to assess the impact of the 12 selected CBHE projects on the higher education sector, public and private sector and the society at large, as well as to share experiences and provide some recommendations for the future.
Sarajevo STEPS Meeting
The Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences of the University of Sarajevo is hosting of third workshop as part of the Erasmus+ project STEPS – MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems, which will be held from 11th to 13th December 2019.
News on Cantonal TV. Info about MSc STEPS at UNBI
Promotion of the STEPS project and the new study program via TV live broadcasting
Promotion of “MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems / STEPS” on cantonal television RTVUSK. Talk about the Erasmus+ project STEPS, and the structure of the study program, student enrollment conditions and other features of the MSc STEPS. The guests are representatives of the University of Bihać, Biotechnical Faculty prof. As. Emir Mujić and prof. Asoc. Husein Vlić
TV report on STEPS
TV report on MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems / STEPS ,procurement of equipment and development of two laboratories “Food Quality Control Lab”and “Food Production Management Lab ”at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Bihać. Co-funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union
Reception for new students at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Bihać
Today, on November 19th 2020, the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Bihać organized a reception for the first generation of students of the second cycle degree programme (MSc) “Sustainable Food Production Systems”New students will attend the new MSc study program developed through the Erasmus+ project “STEPS/MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems”. Also, the faculty staff organized the education of students to work on the Information System of the Biotechnical Faculty.
Online meeting of UNSA and UNBI
Teaching and scientific staff of UNSA and UNBI held an online meeting as part of the regular activities of the Erasmus+ project STEPS on 2nd December, 2020. During the meeting participants discussed about implementation of “INTER-INSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENT ON COOPERATION FOR THE EXCHANGE OF STAFF AND STUDENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF ERASMUS + STEPS SECOND CYCLE STUDY PROGRAM “SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS”. This included a conversation about staff/student exchange during the 1st semester of the study programme, joint mentorship (co-mentorship) on the Master’s Thesis, and committee membership for the Master’s Thesis defence in the frame of the study programme, providing lab and research capacities for research purposes and Master’s Thesis within the study programme and Erasmus+ ICM application (International Credit Mobility)
Nastavno osoblje UNSA i UNBI održali su 02. decembra, 2020. godine online sastanak u sklopu redovnih aktivnosti u sklopu Erasmus+ projekta STEPS. Na sastanu je razgovarano o implementaciji sporazuma o međuinstitucionalnoj saradnji u domenu razmjene nastavnog osoblja i studenata na studijskom programu ii ciklusa studija Erasmus+ STEPS “Održivi sistemi proizvodnje hrane”. Shodno ovome dogovorene su buduće aktivnosti vezane za: razmjenu nastavnog osoblja/studenta tokom I semestra studijskog programa, zajednička mentorstva (komentorstva) na magistarskim radovima, te članstva u komisijama za odbranu magistarskih radova u okviru spomenutog studijskog programa, ustupanje laboratorijsko-istraživačkih kapaciteta u svrhu istraživanja za potrebe izrade završnih magistarskih radova u okviru navedenog studijskog programa, izdavanje diploma svršenim studentima i aplikaciju na Erasmus+ ICM (International Credit Mobility)
Online Consortium Meeting of the Erasmus+ project STEPS
The online Consortium Meeting of the Erasmus+ project STEPS was held on December 23rd, 2020. As coordinating partner of the consortium, Agricultural University of Tirana (AUT) Albania, invited all project partners to this one day online meeting. The primary objective of the meeting was analysis of project activities during 2020 and Plan activities for the period 2021-2022. The UNBI team was represented by Prof. As. Emir MUJIĆ and Mrs. Alma BOSNIĆ, Expert Adviser for International Relation. MESCS USK (Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Una-Sana Canton) team was represented by Mr. Adnan KRESO and Mrs. Una Redžić.
U organizaciji koordinatora Erasmus+ STEPS projekta 23. decembra 2020. godine održan je konzorcijski sastanak partnerskih institucija. Najznačajnije teme o kojima je razgovarano na sastanku su analiza projektnih aktivnosti tokom 2020, te planiranje budućih zadataka za period 2021 – 2022. godina. Prisustvo online sastanku za predstavnike Univerziteta u Bihaću, doc. dr. Emir Mujić i Alma Bosnić, i predstavnike Ministarstva obrazovanja nauke kulture i sporta Unsko sanskog kantona organizirano je u prostorijama Biotehničkog Fakulteta Univerziteta u Bihaću.