This project is from Erasmus+ program in which cooperate with strategic partnerships for higher education to develop of innovation and the exchange og good practices. Europe’s future economic growth and jobs will increasingly have to come from innovation in products, services and business models. This is why innovation and creativity has been placed at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs. According to the Communication from the Commission “Supporting growth and jobs – an agenda for the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems”, universities need to create structured partnerships with the business community and increase the relevance of education and training programmes by adding entrepreneurial skills to scientific expertise, so to improve the career prospects of researchers and students.
The project will steam from the previous experiences of the partners in the field of entrepreneurship education and knowledge transfer. Most of the members of the consortium have already put in place some training activities and/or consulting services at local or European level. However those initiatives are only implemented in departments or faculty dealing with economics and business, rather than widening the scope of them toward all university departments.
A structured and better implementation of entrepreneurial learning as education offer to all University departments and faculties is doubtless needed together with specific guidelines for the creation of links between universities and business, aimed to favour mutual exchange between universities and industries and cross-fertilisation with the business community and with the wider society. The main innovation proposed by the present project focuses on this and on the approach to boostthe knowledge triangle. The training proposed, does not only focus on the development of the target groups entrepreneurial skills, but mainly in creating a positive background at territorial level thus to ease the employability of researchers and young graduates and boost the innovation potential of the territories involved.
Therefore, the training will include, besides enterprise creation and management, also development of transversal and soft skills and a specific module on creation of links with business, in line with the Higher Educaiton Modernisaiton Agenda. The aim is to favour the creation of structured partnerships with the business community (including SMEs), which can bring opportunities for universities to improve the sharing of research results, intellectual property rights, patents and licences (for example through innovation clusters, fablab, BIC, incubators etc.). Thanks to these links, universities can also increase the relevance of education and training programmes through placements of students and researchers in business, and can improve the career prospects of researchers at all stages of their career by adding entrepreneurial skills to scientific expertise.
The consortium possesses the right set of skills to reach this objective, as most of the partners work as joining link between education and labour market, research and business.