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Enhancing innovation competences and entrepreneurial skills in engineering education (InnoCENS)

Project number

 

573965-EPP-1-2016-1-SE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

 

Duration

 

36 months (2016-2019)

 

Grant

 

968.567,00 €  

 

Applicant (Coordinator)

 

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan – Sweden
Dr. Huaan Fan – huaan.fan@abe.kth.se
  
Local
Coordinators
 
National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA): Dr. Ruben Aghgashyan – rubag@seua.am 
National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA): Dr. Varazdat Hovhannisyan – varazdat@list.ru
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (MoES): Mr. Robert Suqiasyan – robsukias@gmail.com
Scientific-Educational Reforms Foundation: Ms. Margarit Marukyan – marukyan.margarit@gmail.com 
Yerevan Telecommunication Research Institute CJSC:
 Dr. Mher Markosyan – mark@yetri.am
EU partners

 

Turun Ammattikorkeakoulu – Finland
Universitat Politecnica De Valencia – Spain
 
Partner
countries
Armenia
National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA)
National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA)
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (MoES)
Scientific-Educational Reforms Foundation
Yerevan Telecommunication Research Institute CJSC
Georgia
Shota Rustaveli State University
Georgian Technical University
Smart Consulting, NGO
Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia
Belarus
Belarusian State University
Brest State Technical University
Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus 
Kazakhstan
Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications
Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Nd & Co, Ltd
Taraz State University
Project Summary

Armenia, Georgia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are currently facing economical difficulties as consequences of economic policy, recent international financial crisis, collapse of world oil/gas prices and economcal slow down in China and other emerging countries. The situation causes an urgent need to implement structural economic reform to transform traditional economy to diversified, knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy. However, present higher education in these countries does not have a strong link to innovation and entrepreneurship. It has failed to become the drivning force to create new innovative enterprises which lead to new jobs and economic growth.

This project aims to enhance innovation competences and entrepreneurial skills in engineering education through university-business cooperation in order to support creation of new enterprises, new jobs and economic growth in the partner countries.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

– foster an innovation culture among partner university staff and students

– establish 8 innovation centers at partner countries

– provide training to 104 partner country staff on innovation and entrepreneurship

– introduce innovation pedagogy in teaching and learning

– define transversal innovation competences and develop tools to assess such competences

– introduce new courses on innovation and entrepreneurship to engineering students

– promote university-business cooperation

– provide business incubator and start-up accelerator services to staff and students to develop successful businesses

– organize an innovation competition to promote entrepreneurship

– disseminate project results to other universities in the partner countries

– help partner countries to develop a national innovation strategy

The project is coordinated by Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden, with 2 more EU universities, 8 partner country universities, 4 education ministries as well as 1 NGO and 3 small private enterprises.

Website: https://gidec.abe.kth.se/InnoCENS/