The results of the CaucaSusT project have been summarized at the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geography earlier this week. It was accompanied by the presentation of the manual on Developing and Implementing a Transdisciplinary Field Case Study Course.
The sustainable tourism development project in the Caucasus was implemented jointly by ASPU (Armenia), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, (Vienna, Austria) and IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems.
The overall goal of the four-year project is development of a Transdisciplinary Field Case Study Course, contribution to capacity development for the universities in transdisciplinary teaching as well as implementation of field case study in tourism in Armenia and Georgia.
The courses were attended by lecturers and students of the two universities as well as representatives of local self-government bodies. Overall, 30 students from different faculties of ASPU attended the course. Prof. Ashot Khoetsyan, ASPU Project Coordinator, hailed the results of the project, emphasizing participation of students with different specialties who will contribute to the development of sustainable tourism within their career frameworks. The professor also hailed the publication of the final manual which is intended for transdisciplinary teaching in all faculties. He expressed readiness to share their experience with anyone who intends to engage in similar activities. “The positive feedback from local self-government bodies and participants, as well as the good results of the course reaffirm that the project should continue,” he said. Mr. Khoetsyan added that within the framework of the project ASPU post-graduate student Tigran Keryan took a four-year course at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and successfully defended his PhD thesis. Besides, three MA students studied at the same university for one semester, and three more students participated in different conferences in Vienna.
Ruzan Sadoyan, Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geography, congratulated everyone on the successful and effective conclusion of the project. “The involvement of a large number of students was unique and exceptional,” she stressed adding that the Faculty will continue to support implementation of similar projects. Lecturers of different faculties also focused on the effectiveness of the project, specifically empathizing participation of students with different specialties.