ViREG Virtual Resource Efficiency Gateway

The Virtual Resource Efficiency gateway (VIREG) main objective is to create a network, develop a virtual platform and create online learning courses related to the management and efficient us if resources and the notion of sustainable growth, with special focus on EU islands.

VIREG will develop a virtual platform and learning courses related with management and efficient use of resources:

Natural resources: land, water, commodities (if any)

Energy-related resources: renewable Vs. non-renewable

Physical capital (machineries) and infrastructures (mainly public and related with the transport sector: road, maritime, air, train or alternative use to road)

Human resources: labour force, human capital (knowledge, skills, abilities, etc.) with special emphasis on:

EU isolated regions and islands,

Preferably, though not restricted to:

Postgraduates of about 22-40 years old,

With some experience in the labour market (i.e., returnee youth),

With the need and interest to adapt their curricula to new situation.


Specific Achievements to be Realised by the Training Participants:

(a) to acquire skills of expertise in managing the problems of resource efficiency;
(b) to give an informed diagnosis of resource efficiency changes.

These courses will draw in information on List of Key Competences and Education and Labour Market Analysis (duties, qualifications).

In 2011 the European Commission launched a Flagship Initiative on Resource Efficiency, as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy for ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’. Following discussion with people in the sector and from industry on the Roadmap document the following curriculum was considered as pertinent and advance in approach:

  1. Introduction to Resources Efficiency;
  2. Resource efficiency and Sustainable Green Growth;
  3. Development and deployment of resources efficiency solutions technologies;
  4. Environmental impacts of resource efficiency changes;
  5. Resources Efficiency policies and initiatives;
  6. Resources efficiency- entrepreneurship concepts;
  7. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for resources efficiency;
  8. The efficient allocation of human resources in the labour market.

The Virtual Gateway that supports the training material will collect case studies resources as a support for learning programme. VIREG portal will also offer support for entrepreneurship within industry for postgraduate students. The intention for the Gateway functions is to support the activity beyond project life and to disseminate results further afield.

The courses learning material and the portal will be available in both English and partners’ languages.

Due to these specific reasons, there is generally a high expectance of success for the project.

The project activities will be carried out by:

(a) a strong project steering committee (PSC), 14 members, consisting of representative from each consortium member and independent subject peers;

(b) six workshops run by representatives from partner universities and stakeholder experts will assess and promote courses curriculum;

(c) web support team, consisting of two persons responsible for the web and electronic material;

(d) administrative team to support consortium financial and virtual platform daily operations once established.

Every three months the steering committee will have a documented e-conference via Skype or Webex to assess project deliverables against milestone, to identify shortcomings and agree actions that will keep the project on time and budget. Flash meetings will take place on monthly basis between working groups members to keep at breath with industry expectations. Decisions that affect project will be discussed and voted on a unanimity basis. Any shortfalls will be dealt with and a mitigation procedure for unexpected situations (eg fall in delivery time, holiday time crashing with delivery dates or meetings, problems with translations from English into partner languages, some placements not to work for the postgraduate student, etc) will be agreed via the MoU that will be signed by the partners at the beginning of the project. EACEA project manager will be invited to all virtual meetings and any decision that requires mitigation will be presented to the EACEA representative with the solution taken.

All project reports and minutes will be available for partners consultation in a transparent way.