Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme
Theme/Subprogramme: ERASMUS Multilateral Projects
Objectives (of concerning support sub-programme, related to domusBITae): Improving the quality and relevance of higher education, including through cooperation between HEIs and the labour market: Projects under this priority shall support activities that help attune curricula to current and emerging labour market demands and offer employability and transversal skills including entrepreneurship, developing active cooperation between HEI and partners from outside academia: enterprises, professional organisations, chambers of commerce, social partners, local/regional bodies etc; and that recognise and incentivise the role of excellent teachers in student success.
Deadline: 31/01/2013 (12:00 pm) State: in Preparation
Proposal title: Developing Interdisciplinary Skills
Requesting Institution: Universidad de León (ULE)
Partners in consortia: Hochschule München (HM); University of Aegean (UAE); Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED); Institute für Desgn Science (IDS); Bertalanffy Center for the Study of System Science (BCSS); International Society for Information Studies (ISIS); University of León (ULE).
Associated institutions: INTECO, BITrum (both associated to ULE), Observatory for the Cybersociety, OCS (associated to UNED)
Abstract: Interdisciplinarity in research and education has been targeted since long by European institutions and abroad as a fundamental means to foster new knowledge, face the complex challenge of our age, enabling innovation, transferring knowledge and attaining broad societal alliances. Therefore interdisciplinarity (ID) is included in most of the national and international agendas concerning education and research, and there is a number of successful educational programmes and research centres in which interdisciplinarity has shown to yield broad cooperations, to attract significant investments and to solve intriguing problems of technical, societal and environmental nature.
Nevertheless, as several studies have shown there is a lack of common criteria and methodological approach which hinders a better promotion and recognition of ID This contrasts with the fact that System Science has developed since the 1950s a breadth of knowledge -both theoretical and applied- which has harvest valuable theoretical and technical results (for instance, some branches of neuroscience, and engineering cybernetic). This gap between ID programmes and system thinking can be understood by a void in the promotion of attaining holistic views of the complexity under study, which is essential to system thinking. However since the development of the international guidance on social responsibility (ISO 26000), which is boosted by European authorities and this programme, the holistic perspective approach to be at the current European agenda, thus closing the gap. At the crossroad of institutions and programmes devoted to the promotion of both ID and system science we aim at providing training in ID skills through theory and application to real problems
To this end we shall:
Description of the Project (for presentation):