Objectives and outputs of TowardsLCS project

The wide-ranging aim of the TowardsLCS project is to create and empower higher educational structures which will achieve professionalism in the management of land use and landscape issues targeting the idea of a low-carbon society and, hence, preventing climate change.

The specific objectives of the project are:
1) To elaborate what and how land use and landscape issues are in focus in the partner countries (Finland, Poland and Spain).
2) To design collaboratively a study module which meets the needs of the partners and future challenges of land use and landscape issues and testing it in the pilot courses.
3) To enable the exploitation of produced deliverables into the other European countries and educational levels.

The topic of the project has strategic importance for all the partners and they share the interest to develop the higher education through international cooperation.  The proposed project will fit perfectly to the strategies of the university partners. Like in the strategy of University of Eastern Finland (UEF), environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources along with learning in a digitized society are mentioned as the most important general frames for the activities. Likewise, one of the goals of Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) strategy is to educate highly skilled, entrepreneurial and initiative professionals creating new ideas and patterns of social life and being able to operate in a competitive global market. The same idea includes also to the strategy of University of Girona (UdG).

The main outputs of the project will be: a competence analysis of relevant and topical questions related to land use and landscape planning and management issues in the partner countries, curriculum and learning materials for the pilot courses, a study module, a study platform, a methodological handbook and an article focusing on the methodology of the project and the experiences of the cooperation. Three pilot courses (one in each partner country) will be organized for piloting nationally and regionally relevant questions arisen through the competence analysis and testing teaching and learning practices. The consortium will organize three meetings or seminars, and the university partners will meet three times for planning the pilot courses. Behind all the project activities affects the constructivist theory of learning.

Addition to above-mentioned intellectual outputs, multiplier events and learning activities, analysis of current and available study supply and the website can be counted as results of the project. The project will highlight environmental questions which are real and present in land use and landscape planning and management at the local, regional and national levels. The project will empower the local, regional and international cooperation between university and non-academic partners and it will open opportunities for further cooperation on the fields of higher education, regional development and research.