Second SLS Pune Study Visit for Curriculum Development in Climate Change Policy and Law

July 29, 2022 1:31 p.m. STI

New Delhi [India]July 29 (ANI/SRV): The visit of Symbiosis Law School, Pune to the organizing body of the 2nd Study Visit for the Development of Curricula in Climate Change Law and Policy – University of Girona , in Spain, took place between May 30 and June 4.
This event was a deliverable under the CCP Bill, which is an Erasmus+ CBHE project of the European Union. As part of this project, the partners were to participate in a scientific meeting to discuss the specifics of the progress of the work completed to date, the preparation of the Asian report and the realization of an overview of the transnational report. which must be submitted. as a result.
In line with the project mandate under WP 1.3, SIU conducted extensive desk research on similar programs in Asia, a focused group discussion with stakeholders from industry, academia, students, law and representatives of the judiciary.
As part of the project, the following consortium partners were present at the technical meeting in person: Symbiosis International University, Hue University and HLU from Vietnam, IIUM and UUM from Malaysia, Marwadi University, UdG and EKS Spain.
The academic outcomes of this study visit were to enhance networking between consortium partners for future academic collaborations, exchanges and adoption of best practices in program development and management.

Four esteemed faculty members from Symbiosis Law School, Pune (SLS-P) were part of the study visit team under the guidance and guidance of Professor (Dr) Shashikala Gurpur, Fulbright Scholar, President Jean Monnet ( EU co-funded EUC-LAMP), Director, SLS-P, Dean of Law School, SI(DU), Fulbright Scholar and Jean Monnet Professor (EU co-funded EU-LAMP), Director , SLS-P, Dean, Faculty of Law, Symbiosis International (Reputable University).
The study visit included Dr. Dhanaji Jadhav, Assistant Director (Administration), SLS-P, Dr. Sujata Arya, Assistant Professor, SLS-P, Dr. Vivek Nemane, Assistant Professor, SLS-P, Prof. Raj Varma, Assistant Professor, SLS- P The objective of the academic visit was to discuss the preparation of the status of the various Work packages, equipment purchases, difficulties encountered if any, risk management and other related difficulties encountered during the preparation of the report and to discuss the foundations of the transnational report.
Day 1 of this 6-day study tour began with a welcome address by Dr. Albert Ruda, Dean of the Faculty of Law at UdG, followed by a tour of the UdG campus and a presentation by Professor Josep M. Serra, Vice-Rector of Teaching who highlighted best practices in teaching and learning at UdG.

Day 2 began with keynote address by Prof. (Dr) Shashikala Gurpur, with a focus on key points from the Asia report, the state of Work Package 1 and the challenges in assimilating the best practice. She also highlighted the work of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) and other Asian partners in preparing the Asian report and highlighted areas for improvement of the best practice report which will in turn help to accelerate the cross-national report. After that, a presentation was made by the IMA-Geography members of UdG, MED ECC 2020 which focused on the Erasmus Mundus master program and the sustainability plan with a particular focus on the environment and security in the Mediterranean, environmental changes in the Mediterranean basin, risks and impacts in the Mediterranean basin, threats to ecosystems, water, food, coasts and health.

Professor Albert Martinez addressed the participants on Day 3 regarding team learning, in which he highlighted the need for flipped classrooms as an innovative learning method. The following session was dedicated to problem-based learning at the Faculty of Medicine of Girona by Professor Lluis Ramio-Torrenta, Coordinator of Medical Studies, Faculty of Medicine UdG. The session was followed by a lengthy question and answer session and the application of problem-based learning in the discipline of law.
Day 4 was devoted to capacity building activities during which participants visited the UdG library, followed by research and teaching interactions led by Roser Benavides, director of the campus library of the UdG. Professor Jaume Ametller, Director of ICE, UdG, who led a session on student-centered teaching. Professor Irene Compte, UdG Foundation, in her keynote address discussed in detail their teaching design and student needs. Professor Marti Casadesus, former director of the Catalan University Quality Agency, UdG, oriented participants on the quality guidelines followed by UdG. Dr. Carolina Fernandez, LLM Coordinator in Tort Law, UdG, presented on the path to teaching excellence.
Day 5 began with brief presentations on the views and consensus on the core course content and structure of the CCP law curriculum by the different groups of participants. Professor Maciaserra focused on the different pedagogical approaches in teaching. Professor Elena Boet discussed UdG’s participatory methodologies.
Professor MJ Gutierrez, coordinator of the law degree at UdG, gave a speech on the implementation of educational programs at UdG. Professor Silvia Pereira, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law at UdG, gave a presentation on the strategies adopted by UdG to comply with quality standards. The session ended with an address by Professor Ignasi Camos, Parliamentary Affairs Coordinator, Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports, UdG. The academic visit ended with a cultural visit organized by UdG to the Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes. The day was devoted to understanding the history and culture of Spain.
The blended learning approach could become an interesting academic exercise at SLS Pune that could produce quality results in terms of developing entrepreneurship and climate change activists in law and sustainability, waste management , etc.
The innovative strategies, policy settings, and skill sets employed at UdG for climate change conservation can be implemented at SIU in the future to broaden the horizons of students and faculty. This will also help to develop the Climate Change Law Center to be established in each Asian HEI under the project.
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Denise W. Whigham