"VIPSKILLS – Virtual And Intensive Course Developing Practical Skills Of Future Engineers" 2016-2019

VIPSKILLS project responds to an increasing need for changes in the higher education system due to developments in the construction sector, availability of ICT technologies, need for higher mobility and employers’ expectations.

Our aim is to develop skills that helping to conduct comprehensive analysis taking into account different aspects: technical, economic ecological, social, climatic and legal to choose the best energy effective solution. Nowadays, creative thinking, language skills and ability to cooperate are indispensable to work in the international labour market. Engineers working in the area of construction and energy systems are expected to be not only designers solving their own tasks but also energy advisors, who share their knowledge with investors to decrease energy consumption.

To achieve the aim of the project a cohesive consortium with active involvement of 3 HEIs:

  • Bialystok University of Technology (BUT)
  • University of Cordoba (UCO)
  • Vilnius College of Technologies and Design (VTDK)

and one association of engineers was established:

  • Polski Związek Inżynierów i Techników Budownictwa (PZiTB)

We will start our project from two short trainings, each for 16 teachers from the partnership, to improve our staff’s skills and support the exchange of knowledge about constructions, energy resources and innovative heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. Meetings will also contribute to the creation of a long-lasting network of cooperation in the field of teaching and research.

We will create an innovative learning module VIPSKILLS including two segments of a face-to-face course (2 weeks in Poland and 2 weeks in Spain) separated by a 2-week-long e-learning part. Our ideas, tools and methods will be tested on two groups of 24 students each (8 students from each HEI, from faculties connected with civil, environmental, energy engineering) in summer 2017 and 2018 to verify and evaluate them after each edition of the course.

VIPSKILLS project focuses on the necessity to exploit benefits of ICTs. The project supports personalized learning by providing additional e-materials for individual use as well as cooperation in international, multidisciplinary teams on joint projects.

All products verified during the courses (syllabus of the course, didactic and e-learning materials, e-labs, e-dictionary, e-book) will be delivered and available for free on the VIPSKILLS web page and presented during multiplied events in 3 partner countries.

Project will be realized between 1.12.2016 and 31.05.2019


VIPSKILLS Project Coordinator: PhD Dorota Anna Krawczyk Białystok University of Techbology d.krawczyk@pb.edu.pl VIPSKILLS@pb.edu.pl

The 1st International Staff Training will be held in Bialystok, Poland on the 24th – 28th April, 2017