Work meeting on the ERASMUS project ‘Harmonization and Innovation in PhD Study Programs for Plant Health in Sustainable Agriculture - HarISA’ were held from Monday 27th of April 2020 until Wednesday 30th of April 2020. It was held "On-line". The local project coordinator, in front of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Technology, prof. Ivan Ostojić, with his project team successfully participated in the project as one of 11 partners from 8 countries: Croatia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. As its name suggests, the project is focused on improving PhD studies in the field of plant protection. This project has the ambition to harmonize and modernize PhD education in the Western Balkans and to create a network of researchers capable of responding to current challenges in plant health. The project aims to support the modernization and internationalization of higher education in the field of plant health and contribute to cooperation between the European Union and the Western Balkans in implementing EU policy on plant health. It also seeks to ensure scientific knowledge and skills transfer pesticides and the application of the principles of integrated plant protection in agricultural production.
Learning outcomes are set according to scientific fields, defined subjects that will be revised and proposed harmonization, and new subjects for which curriculums are planned to be developed. Several professors from different universities will participate in each program. Through the meetings, criteria were defined for potential students who enrol in the "joint degree" PhD study program in the field of plant health. The criterion will continue to be harmonized until the end of the project. It was also discussed about further steps in creating a joint PhD study, the equipment to be procured and the mobility of teachers and students to be implemented. Regardless of the overall situation caused by COVID-19, work on the project continues and with all the difficulties we encounter, we manage to stick to the schedule.