Past projects

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Effective Writers & Communicators

EWC Financial Agreement no.: 2013-3264/001-001

Project no.: 540346-LLP-1-2013-1-GR-LEONARDO DA VINCI-LNW

credibility reflecting positively on company image; and they generate income through successful proposals to funding agencies who place emphasis on presentation, message clarity and respect for grant application requirements (Kraicer J, 1997, The Art of Grantmanship).

Professional writing courses are also usually very expensive and hardly accessible to young workers in SMEs who need them most. Training programmes and methods available on the market are too often unsuited to the size and needs of this type of company and most SMEs do not have the means to send their workers on long training courses   The US Department of Labour has developed a seminal curriculum focused on teaching workforce readiness skills to youth, ranking communication, logical thinking and networking as top skills for success (ODEP, Soft Skills to pay the Bills – Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success).

There is a need for an affordable, easily accessible, effective training course in professional writing and communication which structures young workers’ writing and clarifies their thinking; improves company image and performance; and provides a platform for young worker international mobility.   The results of this projects will be an Blended training course (manual self-learning and e-learning), a  Social Networking Platform and an  online Journal with selection of published articles by trainees The partners involved:

  1. Universities: Technická univerzita v Košiciach (TUKE- Slovakia), Wyższa Szkoła Informatyki i Zarządzania w Rzeszowie (PL)
  2. Companies: CMT Prooptiki ltd (Coordinating Company-Greece), Navigator Consulting Group (UK), First Elements Euroconsultants Ltd (Cy), The Elephant Learning in Diversity BV (NL), LatviaConsultant Biznesa konsultāciju un mācību centrs SIA (LV), Confederación de Empresarios de Aragón (SP),
  3. Networks: European Consulting Network Business Intelligence Ltd (CT), SPACE European network for Business studies and languages (BE)
  4. Development Agency: Bulgarian Development Agency (BG)

Contact: Mr. Tasos Mastroyiannakis  –  tmast@cmtprooptiki.gr

Website: www.effectivewriting.eu

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Testing the Feasibility of a Quality Label for Professional Higher Education Excellence

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Financial Agreement no.:213-3243/001-001

Project no.: 539807-LLP-1-2013-1-BE-ERASMUS-EQR

 

The PHExcel project addresses the need to clearly define best practice in professional higher education (PHE Excellence), and mobilise support tools in terms of benchmarking, peer-review and knowledge exchange in support of this goal.

The project is supported by the EU commission and is expected to increase employability of graduates, improved cooperation with the labour market and with business more generally, as well as increasing the skill-orientation of PHE.

The concept of PHE excellence to be deployed by this project will base itself on the work of the EURASHE  project HAPHE, which defines and harmonise the definition of professional higher education across Europe. The HAPHE project conducts an extensive survey into PHE systems and practices across Europe, and uses this to identify the unique processes in terms of strategy and pedagogy, with distinguish PHE from ’academic’ Higher Education.

PHExcel involves the main representative of PHE in Europe – as the SPACE network – experts drawn from PHE institutions, a sound methodological basis as a starting point, and a significant and already developed network, it is in a unique position to be able to define PHE Excellence, mainstream the concept, and deploy a toolbox of quality services to support its attainment in the short term throughout Europe.

Overall objective of the project is to strengthen the quality of professional education in Europe by developing tools that will help HEIs to implement generic quality attributes for professional higher education. In other words, project plans to create methodology for measuring PHE performance, quality review system to evaluate HEIs in PHE performance and analyse the feasibility of introducing generic quality label. The following paragraphs further elaborate specific objectives:

-Research a quality labels that are currently applied to PHE with the aim to identify gap in coverage (area of professional higher education’s performance they lack to measure) and find regional/national examples of quality labels worth to scale-up on the European level.

-Create a descriptors for each generic quality attributes for professional higher education and design a methodology for measuring of professional higher education performance that will be based on those descriptors, that could be measured (indicators). This will be performed by an expert group that will be formed by QA experts, HEIs and stakeholders representatives.

-Organise a wide public consultation on proposed methodology for measuring PHE performance, where various stakeholders (representatives of HEIs, of HEIs’ networks, crucially representatives of business sector, student representatives, QA agencies, etc.) from local, national and European level will be included.

-Develop a proposal of a quality review system (internal and external), that will encompass a set of objectives, review methodology and operating procedures for assessing the PHE performance of an institution and will be tailored to the need of the PHE institutions. The same expert group as mentioned earlier will perform this task.

-Carry out the pilot test of the quality review system at four HEIs. Perform interviews of the pilot testing in order to analyse feedback together with the outcomes of the wide public consultation and finalize quality review system accordingly.

-Conduct a feasibility analysis in regards to the introduction of a generic quality label for professional HE, which will be based on interviews with different stakeholders on local, national and European level, project partners, on analysis of the market need for a label, as well as on results of the pilot phase. This analysis will be performed by the expert panel made of the project partners and its results validated by two external experts.

-Develop a sustainability strategy that will include the road map for implementation of the project outcomes and ensure that the set of tools to help HEIs in implementation process will be regularly adjusted according to the changing needs in a long run. In case the feasibility analysis suggests putting in place the quality label, then the sustainability strategy will contains recommendation on how to develop it further. The whole tasks will be done within the members of the consortium.

-Organisation of final conference in order to gain a critical mass for adopting finalised material, where wide spread dissemination and exploitation will be initiated.

Partners involved in the project:

Networks: European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (Coordinating network-BE), SPACE Network (BE)

Associations: Association Européenne des Conservatoire (BE), The European League of Institutes of the Art (NL), European Federation of Nurse Educators (FR), Knowledge Innovation Centre (MT)

University: Jagiellonian University in Krakow (PL)

 

Contact: Ms . Iva  Voldanova, e-mail: va.voldanova@eurashe.eu

Website: www.eurashe.eu/projects/phexcel

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Knowledge Alliances (KA) work towards the successful use of research-based knowledge in stimulating innovation and technology transfer. BIOINNO is structured to play a full part in the KA triangle (education, research, innovation) focusing on reinforced cooperation between industry and academia all over Europe.

By creating new multidisciplinary curricula, BIOINNO will help to actively promote innovative, knowledge-based solutions in education as well as developing entrepreneurial skills such as real-time problem solving, creative thinking and leadership. Importantly, BIOINNO will ultimately set the stage to establish new university-industry alliances by tuning in to the biotech industry needs.

BIOINNO entrepreneurship education in biotechnology combines scientific insight and innovation with a toolkit for management and leadership. This combination allows students to understand the scientific process and its challenges and at the same time to obtain the training that will enable them to facilitate the optimal translation of research from mind to market.

BIOINNO refers also to an “educational environment, where students, faculty and industry jointly nurture novel biotechnologies from concept to marketplace realization”.

Our key to success is the establishment of an open system in which competent partners with diverse science, business and teaching backgrounds combine their complementary expertise to help inspire and nurture an entrepreneurial culture that is accepted across the entire European Union and create technological innovations that lead to successful technology transfer ventures.

The results of BIOINNO project will be an innovative model for teaching entrepreneurship in the biotechnology sector, training and networking modules and the entrepreneur’s guide to a biotech start up. Moreover, after the project ends, the partnership will develop a unique product, “The Entrepreneur’s Academy to a Biotech Start up”, which will be an invaluable aid not only to biotech entrepreneurs but also to non-entrepreneurs who posses experience in industry and are interested in learning how to start up a biotech company.

Partners involved:

1.  Universities: Department for Innovation in Biological, Agrofood and Forest systems (DIBAF) – Università degli Studi della Tuscia, (Coordinating University / Italy)- Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) – University of Cambridge (The Chancellor / UK) – Artesis-Plantijn University College (Belgium).

2.  Companies:  SPYGEN (FR), Emerald Marketing (IT), Adapt Low Carbon Group (UK).

3.  Development agency:  Bulgarian Development Agency (BG)

4.  Network: SPACE Ivzw (BE)

Contact:

Prof. Antoine Harfouche (Coordinator)

Department for Innovation in Biological, Agrofood and Forest systems (DIBAF),

University of Tuscia

Tel: +39 0761 357308

Email: aharfouche@unitus.it

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E3M Project nr.: 544028-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-FI-TEMPUS-JPHES

The E3M project assists Russian Federation HEIs in opening themselves up to society at large, the world of work and the wider world in order to enhance the employability of university graduates by: – Development of the framework for evaluating cooperation between HEIs and working-life organizations – Development of methodology and self-evaluation mechanisms for cooperation between RF HEIs and working life organizations. – Implementation of the evaluation framework of cooperation between RF HEIs and working-life organizations. – Development of guidebook for HEIs on deepening of collaboration between HEIs and working-life organizations. As a result of the project activities, reform and modernisation of higher education will be promoted and quality and relevance of higher education enhanced in the Russian Federation. The theme for cooperation in this project is Higher Education and Society and especially in developing partnerships with enterprises and lifelong learning in society at large. These above mentioned are also in line with the national Russian Federation and Eastern Neighbouring  Area regional priorities of Tempus programme. In accordance with the Federal law “On Education in the Russian Federation” which will be enforced on September 1 2013, development of control and evaluation tools is defined as high priority project.  Therefore, the main objective of the projects is designing and implementation of the general evaluation framework of cooperation between HEIs and working-life organizations. The evaluation in this project focuses on so called “education ecosystem”, which consists of a triangle of student, teacher and (public or private) employer. These interconnecting and interacting apexes of the triangle form an ecosystem; here called as “education ecosystem”. Russian Federal State Educational Standards for higher professional training define the main curricula as a set of documents, developed by HEI to fit labor market demands. Meeting labor market needs is crucial to current educational market of Russia in the same way as promotion of effective dialogue between Higher learning (HE) and working life is an urgent issue among Russian HEIs. According to the RF National programme “Education development” for 2013-2020, the progress in human resource development, leads to establishment of centers with specialized personnel training courses. In accordance with the strategy of innovative development up to 2020, the overall quality of education as seen by the Russian employers remains on a low level. Therefore, it is necessary to design a measure which could stimulate employers to attract highly qualified professionals both national and international. RU HEIs are in urgent need for effective cooperation schemes with working life, to ensure their graduates competitiveness both in RF and Europe. Solution of the problem will result in the employers’ positive responses towards the level of knowledge and skills of a graduate. This outcome is in fact the key expected result inherited in the strategies for “Development of science and technology” and well relates to the strategies of the partners, specifically: WL participation in curricula development, promotion of academic mobility, as well as assimilation of e-learning technologies. These above mentioned national strategies and programmes are also in line with the national Russian Federation and Eastern Neighbouring  Area regional priorities of Tempus programme: Development of partnerships with enterprises and lifelong learning in society at large. According to several national and international surveys, about 66% of employers face the situation where they have to use their other resources and premises to train, retrain employees of help them complete their studies. As a consequence, HEIs are in critical demand to shift from one-time cases of curricula development based on HEIs-working life cooperation, to sustainable involvement of working life on every stage of professional continuous education, including involvement in management of educational processes and directly to education. This aspect is identified as an issue of high relevance, which however lacks strong HEIs-WL links in education quality management, quality of HEIs-WL cooperation. This project will help to create and favor the opportunities in RU HEIs for development and exploitation of an effective HEIs-WL cooperation system, based on best EU Practices. Define the target group(s)/target sector(s) that will be addressed and/or benefit from your project Target groups: HEIs (staff, students, graduates), private and public employers, business and business development organisations and associations. This partnership exhibits positive geographic balance. The Russian university partners come from three regions, namely the north western region (St. Petersburg area, Herzen), a federal subject (Nizhnevartovsk, NVSU) in the Urals District of Siberia, Central Federal District (Voronezh/VSU) and Moscow (ATISO), which ensures thorough consideration of particular regional components, while educational practices of each HEI could facilitate establishment of a coherent system to cover all Russian HEIs.

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