APPLE Project

1. Project title: Applied curricula in space exploration and intelligent robotic systems / APPLE.

2. Terms and duration: 36 months.

3. Executing (parent) organization: Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) (Germany).

4. Recipients of international technical assistance:

  • Belarus:
    1. Belarusian State University (BSU),
    2. Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU),
    3. Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR),
    4. The Scientific and Engineering Republican Unitary Enterprise "Geoinformation Systems",
    5. Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.
  • Foreign partners:
    1. Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) (Germany) - organizer,
    2. Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) (France),
    3. Institute Thomas More (ITM) (Belgium),
    4. Riga Technical University (RTU) (Latvia),
    5. Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) (Estonia),
    6. ECM Space Technologies GmbH (Germany),
    7. al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) (Kazakhstan),
    8. Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunication (AUPET) (Kazakhstan),
    9. L.N. Gumilev Eurasian National University (ENU)  (Kazakhstan),
    10. Ural Federal University named after the first president of Russia B.N. Yeltsin (UrFU) (Russian Federation),
    11. Kazakh National Research Technical University named after K.I.Satpayev (KazNTU) (Kazakhstan),
    12. Siberian Federal  University (SibFU) (Russian Federation),
    13. Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SpbPU) (Russian Federation),
    14. Southwest State University Kursk (SWSU) (Russian Federation),
    15. Joint-Stock Company “National Center of Space Research and Technology” (JSC “NTsKIT”)  (Kazakhstan),
    16. Aerospace Committee of Ministry for Investment and Development (Kazakhstan),
    17. Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan),
    18. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Russian Federation),
    19. Joint Stock Company “Glavkosmos” ( (Russian Federation),
    20. R&P Small Satellites Center LLC (Russian Federation).

5. Donor of international technical assistance: European Union, Erasmus + program.

6. Project Objectives:

Adapt, modernize and restructure existing curricula in space exploration and intelligent robotic systems; develop new certified courses, test the updated curriculum and disseminate the results.

7. Tasks:

  • Analyze educational needs in the targeted area and review current curricula;
  • Update current programs and curricula according to the latest achievements in the target area by the end of the second year of the project;
  • Develop, implement and accredit a new practice-oriented base and transfered training programs and modules, including ECTS and an innovative academic environment according to the methodology of b-learning;
  • Bring partner countries universities closer to the labor market.

8. Brief justification:

The current education in the field of space exploration / robotics in the partner countries is mainly based on the old curricula and textbooks of the 1980s. This leads to simplification, discrepancy with real research and irrelevance with current technological and social problems. On the other hand, partner countries (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia) have vast experience in advanced research, which is not included in the curriculum, but can be useful for enriching the EU experience. Partners will develop a powerful brand that will ensure competitiveness in attracting students, employees and international partners.

This project emphasizes the national and regional priority of physical science for all partner countries with the Applied Science and Technology subject area by developing training programs such as space technology / research / remote sensing. Sectoral links allow APPLE to address the need for higher education institutions to improve the quality of education in connection with the national priorities of the target region.

The Government of Belarus adopted a resolution, which was approved by the Council of Ministers (June 10, 2015). Resolution No. 483 is called the Law on State Support of Scientific Activities and provides for the implementation of youth projects in the field of space education, the practice of space projects for students and graduates, the use of space information systems and technologies in related industries and the creation of attractiveness for workers in the space industry.

Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia promote industrial and educational cooperation in order to build successful strategic alliances and trade partnerships. This project is aimed at transferring knowledge between EU universities, universities and institutions of partner countries to modernize universities' curricula in space exploration and robotic technologies.

9. Brief plan (strategy) of the project activity:

  • Analyze the needs of existing curricula in the targeted area;
  • Update existing curricula in the targeted area, including ECTS;
  • Prepare new curricula and modules, adopt at university level and accredit at the national level;
  • Prepare, publish new courses, textbooks, curricula;
  • Develop/ update a collaborative web platform;
  • Prepare documentation for ROBOLAB, purchase / install equipment;
  • Retrain teachers/ mentors for a new curriculum;
  • Give master classes on a new curriculum based on ROBOLAB and pilot operation of ROBOLAB;
  • Training of students on a new program / modules;
  • Internal/ external evaluation;
  • Conferences/ information dissemination activities;
  • Full media coverage of project activities, including a joint web platform;
  • Project administration and coordination;
  • Participation/ visiting Coordination meetings.

10. Expected results:

  • Analysis/ review/ update of the current curricula according to the latest achievements in the target area;
  • Development of 14 new basic curricula and 7 transition modules, including the ROBOLAB training environment (Space Robotics Laboratory); teachers retraining on a new program and methodology b - learning; master classes; training in the pilot operation of ROBOLAB;
  • Quality control;
  • Information Spread; collaborative web platforms; creation of TETRO (Technology Transfer Program Office) with the support of interested parties;
  • Project management.

11. Contact person:

Vladimir Saetchnikov - Head of the Department of Physics and Aerospace Technologies, Faculty of Radiophysics and Computer Technologies, BSU,

prof., Dr. Sci. in Physics and Mathematics.

ul. Kurchatov, 5,

220064, Minsk, Belarus

tel.: +375 17 2095833

fax: +375 17 2780417


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