Under this activity, support is provided to enhance the level of relevant curricula in education through the introduction of the latest knowledge, techniques and practices. Attention is given to curriculum review, improved governance and management of education, quality assessment / control and linkage / support to Technical Vocational Education and Training centres (TVET). Other elements to be introduced are distance based education and blended training. All are supported by appropriate IT infrastructure and audio-video recording capabilities to enhance the quality of the training materials and for other outreach purposes. Additional staff development activities are foreseen for new elements within curricula. Also, support to maintain the infrastructure is incorporated in the project design. During the curricula review process, next to quality also competencies required by and relevance for the labour market needs will be guiding elements.
TVETs are supported through a cascade approach to enhance the quality of the technical and vocational education and training. Educational materials developed within the project will be redesigned to support and enhance the quality of instructors at the TVET institutions affiliated with the university partners. Support can be provided online, through distance education means, but also through other means of outreach and networking. Each partner university will select a TVET and typical departments at TVETs to be supported are the Natural Resources Management, Surveying and Land Administration Departments. The requirements, for e.g. natural resource management at TVET level, should go beyond the more traditional water engineering and should include forestry management, land use planning and apply techniques such as geographic information systems (GIS).
There will be a feedback loop to incorporate results obtained from the research program, so that local case studies can be further developed and integrated into the main curricula.