The second visit at UKIM (P11), as part of the Special Mobility Strand (SMS) program of the KFORCE project, took place in the period 6-17 May 2019. The training mobility was organized within two institutions: Faculty of Civil Engineering and Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology. The aim of the training was to provide the trainees involved in the mobility with international experience on the education system and teaching methods for MSc education at UKIM.
The trainees and institutions involved in this mobility were:
- Abaz Velic, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Civil Engineering, University of Tuzla
- Julinda Keci, EPOKA University, Faculty of architecture and engineering, Tirana
- Gentiana Sharku, University of Tirana, Economics Faculty
- Marina Latinovic, University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy
- Vlastimir Radonjanin, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad
- Mirjana Malesev, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad
Colleagues from Novi Sad, Vlastimir Radonjanin and Mirjana Malesev were present only one week, from 13 to 17 May.
The training visit was opened by the welcome speech of the local coordinator of the K-FORCE project, professor Meri Cvetkovska, the Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty, professor Darko Moslavac and the Director of the Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology, prof. Vlatko Sheshov.
The main activities of the training visit included 4 presentations given by professors from Faculty of Civil Engineering (prof. Meri Cvetkovska and prof. Ana Trombeva Gavriloska, assoc prof. Marijana Lazarevska and assoc. prof. Zlatko Zafirovski) and from Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (prof. Veronika Shendova), a visit to the laboratory for dynamic testing of structures in IZIIS, visit to the geotechnical laboratory and laboratories for testing of structures at Faculty of Civil Engineering, as well as visit to the Protection and Rescue Directorate of Macedonia where the participants were welcomed by the Director Adnan Dzaferoski and they had opportunity to learn about the principles and the way of the organization of the protection and rescue system in Macedonia. The participants used the option to have a workshop on numerical analysis of fire exposed structures organized by assistant Cvetanka Chifliganec.
A trip to nearby dam Matka was organized individually. A social dinner was organized in the evening of Friday 10.
There was an option for visiting historical buildings in Ohrid, but most of the participants had already visited Ohrid before, and this activity was not realized. Professor Veronika Shendova, as part of her lectures, organized visit to restored historical buildings and monuments in Skopje.
The training visit was very positively evaluated both by the trainees and by the host professors, as indicated by the evaluation forms filled on the last day of activity. From the review of the evaluation forms it is possible to state that the content of the visit was deemed very relevant to the field of DRM&FSE and that the organization, training time, and venue were appropriate. The expectations of the trainees were met and the event fully succeeded in achieving the main goals of promoting training, internationalization, and cooperation among the participants.