Transnational Computational Life Sciences program design

Researchers of Óbuda University participated an international Erasmus+ project aimed at creating new joint master's degree program, increasing the connectivity between members in the ecosystems and building a fertile environment for entrepreneurship (new innovative businesses; new research-based jobs and positions). The students successfully graduating in this master's degree program will be awarded with two diplomas in Computer Science, even though the program is interdisciplinary.

The project, Computational Life Sciences Master Degree Program Design (CompLife) received grant from the European Commission under the Erasmus+ program. The project was coordinated by the Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”.

During the project, specific teaching and examination technics, student selection procedures, examination and evaluation procedures, a joint degree policy, and the documents for national accreditation are prepared. Universities will apply for approval at relevant national authorities (including accreditation for distance form of education in some of the countries).

The vision of partner universities is to use the results, deliverables from the CompLife project (the collaborating transnational team, set of documents, and methodology) for the application in other Erasmus+ calls.

About the project
The partnership belongs to regions with strong IT and entrepreneurial ecosystems, existing key areas in smart specialization and are with strong tradition for excellence in education in the area of Computer Science. The Computational Life Sciences Master Degree Program Project (CompLife) is focused on the design of modern interdisciplinary transnational Master of Science double degree program MSc Computational Life Sciences by combining efforts, experience and expertise from three universities: Varna Free University (Bulgaria), International Taraz Innovative Institute named Sherkhan Murtaza (Kazakhstan), and Óbuda University (Hungary).

About Varna Free University
Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” (VFU) is the biggest and most acknowledged private university in Bulgaria. Created in 1991 by a resolution of the 37th National Assembly held on 21.07.1995 for obtaining a status of higher educational institution, Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" is an educational brand which has earned not only the trust of its students but also that of its numerous academic partners worldwide. The university is institutionally accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Agency at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, receiving the maximum period and assessment grade, 6 years and 9.20 (10 being the highest possible) respectively. Varna Free University is certified under the international standard ISO 9001:2008 and has been granted certificates from UKAS (UK) and ANAB (USA) for the implementation of accepted international standards. Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" is the first and only university in Bulgaria certified with the signs DS Label, ECTS Label and HR Excellence in Research logo by the European Executive Agency for Education and Culture at the European Commission of the European Union.

Moreover, VFU participates in interdisciplinary ecosystems between Computer Science and Life Sciences researchers/experts with regional Medical Universities. VFU has Erasmus contracts with OU, and participates the Municipality of Varna is a partner with the municipality in Cluj-Napoca, ICT Cluster in Cluj-Napoca and ICT Cluster – Varna are partners. VFU has Erasmus contracts with OU

About Taraz Institute
International Taraz Innovative Institute named Sherkhan Murtaza was registered as a legal entity as the successor of the Taraz Institute of the International Kazakh-Turkish University named after A. Yasawi in the Department of Justice of Zhambyl region of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2008. The University offers 8 bachelor's degrees and 7 master's degrees in natural sciences, pedagogy, creative professions, economics and business, and law in six faculties . The University also offers postgraduate education in scientific, pedagogical and legal/managerial areas.

About Óbuda University
Óbuda University has again been ranked among the world's top 1200 higher education institutions in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2023 ranking. Óbuda University, which was ranked fourth among thirteen Hungarian institutions, was again positioned in the 1001-1200 range as the best technical university,

With 7 faculties (Alba Regia Technical Faculty, Bánki Donát Faculty of Mechanical and Safety Engineering, Kandó Kálmán Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Keleti Károly Faculty of Business and Management, John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics, Rejtő Sándor Faculty of Light Industry and Environmental Engineering, and Ybl Miklós Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering), more than 11,000 students (650 international), 900 employees and 580 teaching staff, Óbuda University (OU) is one of the largest and strongest technical universities in Hungary.

OU has practice-oriented Bachelor, theory and practice-based Master, and theory-based PhD programs. Also runs high-level vocational training, distant learning, and professional extension courses, and offers a wide spectrum of other educational possibilities: various levels of national and international courses, open days, job fairs, dual and cooperative education, soft skill and language skill development trainings, practical knowledge coaching, etc. OU runs 3 Doctoral Schools (DS on Applied Informatics and Applied Mathematics, DS on Materials Sciences and Technologies, and DS on Safety and Security Sciences).

ÓU currently runs over 10 Erasmus+ projects and has participated or coordinated 22 such projects in the last 3 years.

OU maintains international relations with nearly 270 foreign higher education institutions and research institutes in around 90 countries, and coordinates several student, academic, and staff exchange programs.

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Updated: 08.09.2023.

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