“Cross-border network for knowledge transfer and innovative development in wastewater treatment” – WATERFRIEND (HUSRB/1203/221/196) is a project involving specialists from Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and Faculty of Engineering, University of Szeged, Hungary.
It is obvious the degradation of the environment due to the low level of protection. There is a need to prevent further environmental pollution by, among other, treatment of wastewater, in order to achieve emission limit values and environmental quality standards. Accordingly it is necessary to build number of treatment plants both for urban and industrial wastewaters, and hire number of young professionals at them. The modern education of students, the further professionals, is vitally important for the implementation of these goals. The creation of knowledge transfer between the two cross-border, engineering faculties would lead to spread knowledge through the students about wastewater treatment and water protection.
The main objectives of this project are:
- Purchase of modern equipment for exercises and practical research in the field of biological wastewater treatment;
- Training of employees to use equipment and establish practical lessons for students;
- Improvement of educational system in the field of wastewater treatment;
- Knowledge transfer;
- Providing mutual student cooperation.
General objectives include:
- Facilitating experience and know-how transfer from Hungarian to Serbian partners, through trainings and direct participation;
- Strenghtening cooperation of education staff working in the field of wastewater treatment and environmental protection which leads to propose new joint projects;
- Promoting good neighborly relations and professional cooperation;
- On a longer-term scale, the objectives include reduction of natural water pollution and healthier life of the inhabitants of cross-border regions and wider.
The project foresees the purchase of modern educational equipment for aerobic biological wastewater treatment. Considering that such equipment possess Faculty of Engineering in Szeged, they will be trained relevant staff at Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad. Students will practice on this equipment which will facilitate their involvement in the work and management of wastewater treatment plants. Certain educational staff in Serbia will be receive the applicable knowledge for the further extension of similar teaching method in the other fields like energetics, food etc.
The benefits of the project are comprehensive for the experts and specialists, as well as students, on both sides of the border, who will cooperate and share experience in the course of the project and establish longer-term professional ties for future work together.