Strengthening of transport training capacities in countries EUROPAID-TRACECA

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the training of well qualified and competent staff regarding the development of sustainable transport infrastructure and modern transport services in the TRACECA countries.
Results to be achieved by the Consultant
The Consultant is requested to design and implement a training programme addressing the needs identified during the previous analysis phase. The project will achieve the following results:

Result 1: Teaching staff of transport training entities and students in higher educational transport institutes are familiarised with latest transport planning techniques and tools.
Rationale: Transport facilities make up a very important part of national assets, state budget and investment funds and contribute considerably to the external debt situation of a country. A demand driven planning of transport infrastructure can optimise the use of scarce resources. The starting point is a sound evaluation of present and future traffic reflecting developments in the economy and serving for the adequate dimensioning of infrastructure facilities. Nowadays, in the NIS countries transport demand estimates and traffic forecasting is introduced mostly in engineering sciences but only marginal and taught without usage of edp-based traffic modelling, simulation and forecasting tools and thus stays rather theoretical.

Result 2: Teaching staff of transport training entities and students in higher educational transport institutes are familiarised with latest investment appraisal techniques and tools including environmental analysis of transport sector investments.
Rationale: The next step in the transport planning process is the sound financial and economic appraisal of transport investments. Whereas the financial analysis cares for the desirability of a certain project from the investors’ point of view, the economic analysis cares for the desirability of a certain project from the society’s point of view. The latter includes all financial, economic, social and environmental issues equally across all relevant transport modes. Focus is to be laid on the environmental impact / risk assessments including methods of monetarising environmental impacts. Moreover, understanding and awareness of socio-economic impacts such as effects of different governmental policies and financing mechanisms are to be supported.

Result 3: Transport training is to be improved through improved pedagogical skills, teaching techniques and curricula development methods.
Throughout the TRACECA region teaching methodologies mainly rely on working with authoritative frontal lecturing and book learning with by-heart knowledge or in best case multiple choice methods. The usage of modern teaching techniques starting with course design, inclusion of multi-media techniques, visual aids, case studies, learning psychology etc. has to be promoted.

Result 4: Departments/chairs for multi-modal transport and interoperability are further developed and enabled to deliver state-of-the-art training contents
Multimodal transport and logistics services are becoming increasingly important for the development of international trade. Advances in technology and communication have led to changes in transportation practices, with an overall increase in transactions at the global level and exponential growth of international multimodal transport. In almost all recipient training entities multi-modal transport and interoperability have been included in the curricula or have become a speciality. Depending on the organigram of the respective counterpart institution, there are even new organisational structures for multimodal transportation established. These structures should be further developed in order to be adapted to the most recent techniques and training methods.

Result 5: An in-depth appraisal for the establishment of regional links for advanced transport training is elaborated