European Regional Development Fund
SMARTER (Synergy of Modern Approaches and Real-life Technologies in Education and Research in Gymnázium Kráľovský Chlmec and Kisvárdai Bessenyei Görgy Gimnázium és Kollégium) is a project focused on improving cross-border cooperation of institutions and broadening the level of cross-border cooperation of citizens. The beneficiaries of the project are two grammar schools on the two sides of the Slovak-Hungarian borderline: Gymnázium-Gimnázium Kráľovský Chlmec(SK) and A Kisvárdai Bessenyei Görgy Gimnázium és Kollégium(HU). The aim of the partnership is to contribute to a decrease of the rate of unemployment in both regions by preparing the students to enter the labour market, filling the empty positions (technical and engineering posts) which have recently become less popular. Therefore, the direct aim of the partnership is to establish Technology and Developer Laboratories which will attract students by innovative character of their educational and training programmes, melting theory and practice. The laboratories will provide students real-life knowledge with activities such controlling CNC machinery tools, programming remote-controlled robots, 3D printing, developing IOS / Android applications, PC design. The partnership is based on exchange of KNOW-HOW: the Slovak side has been ready for this kind of cooperation since 2008 when extending the school´s curriculum by professional specialisation (IT, pharmacy, economics, management). Besides talented students, the project also appeals to those with average capacities too; the principle of non-discrimination is guaranteed. Disadvantaged students from less motivating environment are also included in the project. The outcomes of the project will be measurable by statistics: an increase in number of students (boys and girls) choosing technically oriented studies. Providing skilful and entrepreneurial young people on the labour market on both sides of the border is the guarantee of sustainability of the project.