Past projects


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  –




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


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:



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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)


Prof. Antoine Harfouche (Coordinator)

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

University of Tuscia

Tel: +39 0761 357308