ABOUT

Project coordinator:

“Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi – Lead Beneficiary

Technical University of Moldova – Beneficiary

Project manager:

Simona Caraiman

Daniela Pojar

 

Key personnel TUM:

Dinu Turcanu, Vasile Chetroi

Networking & Comm. specialists:

4 persons

Support staff:

financial management, project assistance, procurement specialist

 

Total Budget Project:

Total – 1.991.415,00 Euro

ENI contribution – 1.792.273,00 Euro

 

Project implementation duration:

Nov. 2021 – Nov. 2023 (24 months)

Summary:

The „Winet@Uni” proposes is to develop and upgrade the available communication infrastructures of the two partner universities. Implement state-of-art corporate communication networks featuring free WiFi access in the university campuses in both indoor and outdoor spaces

OBJECTIVES:

Develop and upgrade the available communication infrastructures of the two partner universities. Implement state-of-art corporate communication networks featuring free WiFi access in the university campuses in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Specific objectives:

  • Build a state-of-art wired communication infrastructure for the corporate network of each partner.
  • Build a state-of-art wireless communication infrastructure for the corporate network of each partner.
  • Build a collaborative virtual space to support cooperation between the two Universities.

Context & relevance:

Joint Operational Programme Romania – Republic of Moldova 2014-2020

Thematic objective 7

Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of transport and communication networks and system

Priority 3.1.2 – Improved integrated ICT networks and facilities to support the cross–border connections

Type of action:

HARD

  • Need for further support for the already strong collaboration between TUIASI and UTM
    • Collaborative educational and research projects
    • Double degree study programmes
  • Both universities have a strong need to upgrade their networking & communication infrastructures
  • Target groups: 21408 students, 2741 academic & admin. staff

RESULTS:

Expected outputs:

State-of-art wired communication infrastructure for the corporate network of each partner

  • stable and fast wired Internet connectivity
  • solid foundation layer for the wireless communication infrastructure
  • 10Gbit/s transfer rates through redundant fiber optic connections between all the university buildings and the central communication nodes
  • structured cabling in 13 buildings at TUIASI and 10 buildings at UTM
  • active infrastructure for 48 buildings at TUIASI and 11 buildings at UTM

State-of-art wireless communication infrastructure for the corporate network of each partner

  • stable, fast and ubiquitous wireless Internet connectivity facilitating the access of students and staff to all the ICT services offered by TUIASI and UTM
  • in both indoor and outdoor campus spaces
  • installing (indoor and outdoor) WiFi networks at the two universities, accessible through an integrated identity management system that allows the use of a single digital ID.

Collaborative virtual space to support cooperation between the two Universities

  • modern teleconferencing systems in the facilities of each partner
  • team collaboration devices that combines wireless presentation, digital white boarding, and video conferencing

EVENTS:

Project Opening Event – Iasi, February 8th, 2022

WiNet@Uni was officially launched in Iasi with a public event where project objectives and main activities were presented and discussed with the local and regional stakeholders. Due to the COVID pandemic situation, the meeting was organized as a hybrid event ensuring both onsite, in the Senate Hall of the ”Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iași, and online attendance of participants. Opening remarks and welcome speeches were given by the Rectors of the two partner Universities and by the President of the TUIASI Senate. The project coordinator, Mrs. Simona Caraiman, provided an overview of the project, emphasizing the objectives, relevance and cross-border impact/LINK.

Mrs. Daniela Pojar, coordinator of the UTM team, emphasized the importance of the project for both Universities and for developing sustainable collaborations at educational, research and cultural level. Two guest speakers provided valuable presentations on topics relevant to the project to the stakeholders present at the event:

  • Mrs. Gabriela Macoveiu – Director of Communication, Innovation and External Cooperation Directorate, North-East Regional Development Agency, Funding opportunities for digital, educational and research infrastructures and international cooperation/LINK
  • Mrs. Cristina Baghiu – Digital Skills Lead & Co-founder of Digital Innovation Zone, European Digital Innovation Hub: best practices for the digital transformation of regions/LINK

At the close of the session, the representative of the Regional Office for Cross Border Cooperation Iasi, Mr. Victor Poede, offered a few highlights and upfront information regarding the Interreg NEXT Programme Romania – Republic of Moldova 2021-2027 and expressed the Office’s full support for a successful implementation of the project.

Project Kick-off Workshop – February 7th, 2022:

The two project teams from the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi and from the Technical University of Moldova met for a one-day kick-off meeting in Iasi to get started on the WiNet@Uni project. The two teams agreed on the management procedures & decision-making mechanisms, on the methods and tools for inter-partner communication & collaboration, reviewed the administrative and technical tasks of the project, as well as the risks and mitigation strategies.

Project Opening Event – Chisinau, February 16th, 2022

Honourable guests from the European Union, Romania and Republic of Moldova participated to the project opening event in Chisinau as a guarantee to the success of the project and of reaching the proposed objectives of implementing modern and competitive educational systems in the two higher education institutions across the Prut river.

The guests of the event hosted by UTM were: Mr. Iurie Țurcanu – vice-prime-minister for Digitalization of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Marius Toth – plenipotentiary minister, Romanian Ambassy to the Republic of Moldova, representatives of the European Union delegation to RM – Mr. Ion Guzun, chief of the CBC programme, Mr. Giuseppe Paglione – chief of the Education & Culture programme, prof. Emil Ceban, Rector of the „Nicolae Testemițanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Chisinau, Prof. Viorel Bostan, Rector of UTM, project managers, Mrs. Daniela Pojar (UTM) and Mrs. Simona Caraiman (TUIASI), Mr. Dinu Turcanu (technical project manager UTM), vice-rectors, deans, PhD, master and bachelor students of UTM. All guests expressed the support of their host institutions for the dedicated efforts of the joint collaboration for increasing the regional accessibility, development of the communication and transport networks.   

Contact:

Institutional Coordinator Winet@Uni

Daniela POJAR,

Vice-rector for financial issues and international relations

Technical University of Moldova

e-mail: daniela.pojar@adm.utm.md