Reference projects

UIIN regularly engages in large-scale projects focussed towards developing entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration in higher education. Through these projects we intent to shape the future and change the status-quo of university-industry interaction in Europe and beyond. UIIN is also regularly involved as partner to disseminate knowledge and work towards a sustainable model to allow for exploitation of the project results. Below you find a selected overview of our current and past projects.

Current projects

PIETE
Partnership for Initial Entrepreneurship Teacher Education

Erasmus + Strategic Partnership – The PIETE Poject aims to increase entrepreneurial competence deliverance in higher education pre-service teacher training programmes (ISCED 3-4 level). To do so, it relies on regional tandem constellations between experts from initial teacher education (ITE) institutions and higher education staff responsible for entrepreneurship education (EE). As a first step, a mutual understanding of either side`s needs will be created through joint workshops and awareness creation sessions. In the next step, partners will create a novel teaching compendium for entrepreneurial competence development inside ITEs institutions. It will be based on EntreComp and, among others, provide indications for ETCS-Credit attributions. PIETE will also develop a cross-country comparison study on how pre-service teacher educators understand EE terminology and assess entrepreneurial competence deliverance. This study will be complemented by a good practice report on European initiatives that have successfully enriched ITE programmes with EE contents.

Contact person
Florian Bratzke
Senior Project Officer at Univations GmbH

Website:
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DATA
Dataskills Alliance

As part of its ongoing commitment to the digitalization of the economy, the EU states that “data-driven business models are the engine of Europe’s growth, industrial transformation and job creation.” Yet, there is an obstacle: today’s entrepreneurship teachers and trainers also face a data skills deficit. The majority entered the workforce before big data existed and there is currently no reliable source of training to help them boost their own skills. To remedy this situation, Erasmus + funded Strategic Partnership Project Data SET will improve the quality and relevance of entrepreneurship education by improving the ability of VET and HEI policy makers and practitioners to understand, teach and develop smart data through providing business owners, early stage entrepreneurs and students with solid smart data skills training which they will use to help grow their businesses.

Contact person
Jonathan McAlpin
Chief Executive of East Belfast Enterprise Business Center

Website:
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Partners


UCityLab
University-City Action Lab

The University-City Action Lab (UCITYLAB) project aims to strengthen the links between HEIs and the city stakeholders to facilitate knowledge exchange, enhance societal relevance of HEI curriculum via civic engagement, help develop relevant skills among students, empower universities in increasing their knowledge and practice in establishing urban partnerships, and foster adoption of city engagement models in European HEIs by widely disseminating project results and good practices. During its lifetime, the project will map the status-quo of university-city cooperation in partner European cities, launch UCITYLAB networks in the partner countries and prepare & implement the UCITYLAB course program in two phases of teaching and real-life projects. While UCITYLAB targets the development of university-city cooperation in four major European cities – Porto, Paris, Ljubljana, and Barcelona – the project puts great emphasis on highlighting good practice initiatives from European and non-European countries and to facilitate knowledge exchange among the stakeholders.

Contact person
Rui Coutinho
Executive Director of the Center for Business Innovation, Porto Business School

Website:
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Partners


IE-WEXHE
Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education

In this Knowledge Alliance, Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education, enterprises, associations and HEIs come together to identify and analyse current provision of work experience in HEIs in 7 different EU countries, generating 84 case studies of work-based learning (WBL) involving all four types of disciplinary sectors (hard-pure, e.g. natural sciences; soft-pure, e.g. humanities and social sciences; hard-applied, e.g. medicine and soft-applied, e.g. social work) covering work placements, traineeships and entrepreneurships. Working with practitioners, it will create 12 replicable modules of WBL, together with guidance on management, quality assurance, learning outcomes, funding and accreditation. These modules will cover and support the 4 sectors and will be tailored to national contexts. A unique feature is the attention for Humanities for which the transition to the labour market is less transparent and mapped than other sectors.


Contact person
Robert Wagenaar
Professor, University of Groningen and Director of the International Tuning Academy

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EEEPHEIC
Evaluation of Entrepreneurship Education Programmes in Higher Education Institutions and Centres

How can teachers of entrepreneurship education in higher education find the right program to teach their students? How can students of entrepreneurship education in higher education find the right program to participate? To answer these questions, the European Commission (EC) aims to develop a tool for the assessment of entrepreneurship education program (impact) for higher education.
The overall aim of the project is to emancipate European citizens, stimulate skills, attitude and mind-set development towards a flexible and pro-active stance to entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour. The development of entrepreneurial skills, also as part of the wider 21st century skills, is of vital importance for Europe, therefore the EC seeks to identify, monitor and evaluate existing projects/activities that contribute to that development.


Contact person
Gabi Kaffka
Consultant Social Affairs – Ecorys

Partners


Past projects

Triple E
Embedding Entrepreneurship Education

Embedding Entrepreneurship Education (Triple-E), has been designed with a clear objective: increase the proportion of HEI students acquiring an entrepreneurial mind-set and engaging in early stage entrepreneurial activity.


We will do this by raising awareness & improving the pedagogic capacities of HEI educators, and facilitating improved collaboration with other actors in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. As such, the operational objectives of the project are:

  • Develop a needs and opportunities analysis stating the case for an integrated, cross sector approach to student entrepreneurship education in the HEI sector.

  • Create 3 Regional Alliances to bring together 36+ stakeholders from HEI, private and public sector to state the need and opportunities for student entrepreneurship in our 3 regions.

  • Jointly develop a Entrepreneurship Teaching Toolkit to develop, trial and compare innovative teaching methodologies to widen the knowledge and improve the skills of graduates and academic staff.

  • Develop and pilot test a multi-channel promotion campaign to promote the topic of entrepreneurship as a whole, including e.g. entrepreneurial thinking and acting, social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and academic entrepreneurship.




Contact person
Florian Bratzke
European Project Officer at Univation GmbH

Website:
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European University-business cooperation (UBC)
University-business cooperation in Europe: drivers, challenges, and opportunities

A consortium led by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre from the Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany has been contracted by the DG Education & Culture at the European Commission to conduct a Europe-wide study on cooperation between universities and business. From 2016, the consortium will undertake two major quantitative studies to understand UBC from the perspective of both Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as well as business, together with the production of 50 good practice UBC case studies and European policy recommendations. The project is a follow-up project from an earlier tender which was also executed by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre in 2010-2011. This study was the largest study ever undertaken on the topic of UBC in Europe. In contrast to the previous study, the current tender will also take the business perspective into account and will have a larger focus on indicators.

Contact person
Todd Davey
Director for International Projects at Münster University of Applied Sciences

Website:
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Partners


RESTART Entrepreneurship
Learning from entrepreneurial experiences

RESTART aims to bridge the gap between policy statements and concrete action by facilitating a business environment that values learning from failure and by enabling VET providers to offer improved training to second-time entrepreneurs, so that they may learn from experience and initiate new ventures. Restart Entrepreneurship will make an immediate and proactive contribution to the creation of a new European approach to business failure, generating both attitudinal and behavioural change (top down and bottom up), while also making a significant improvement in the supply of training for this specific group, whose experience and potential has been under-recognised in the VET and business support community until now.

We believe by joining forces on this project will be able to leverage a much greater understanding of the needs and solutions for second time entrepreneurs than could be achieved on our own, thus producing a much more relevant, high quality, sustainable learning resource.

Contact person
Padraig Gallagher
External Services Manager at Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Website:
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The Innovation Alliance
Strengthening the knowledge triangle, building sustainable collaborative relationships between universities, SMEs and innovation support organizations

The project responds to the problem of increasing fragmentation in the field of innovation promotion, especially the dislocation between those who generate knowledge that could spur innovation (HEIs), and those who can translate that knowledge into marketable strategies and use it to produce economic growth (SMEs). Since the SME sector accounts for 99% of all businesses, provides two thirds of private sector jobs and contributes more than half of the total value-added created by businesses in the EU, the implementation of greater innovation in SMEs in an effective and cost –efficient way is vital to fulfilling not only Europe’s economic objectives, but also those of a more equal and productive society with higher social and economic integration.


Contact person
Joe English
Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office at Louth Country Council

Website:
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Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Universities
EMCOSU

The EMCOSU programme reinforced the link between education activities and HE graduates’ employability needs and the promotion of cooperation with HE tools in particular. Current major national and international mechanisms providing indications to contribute to this aim are closely related to cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises which represents the main focus of the EMCOSU project (short for Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Universities).

Contact person
Samo Pavlin
Associate Professor. Chair for Organizational and Human Resource Management and Development, University of Ljubljana

Website:
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