One of the broad aims of this project has been to strengthen the role of higher education in society at large. We achieved this by three means:

One is developing new courses the beneficiaries of which are people engaged in lifelong learning. Although at the very beginning all of the students enrolled have been university students the start-up centres have begun to receive requests from entrepreneurs and people at large who are interested in learning how to establish their own businesses.

The second is by establishing strong links with existing enterprises which have been involved in developing the learning materials and who adopted the attitude of stakeholders in the newly developed start-up centres. Entrepreneurs and business people have become interested in meeting students and young entrepreneurs who are presenting innovative ideas and who have competences to understand the business environment. The universities where the start-up centres have been developed have become central meeting points in the local region for academics and entrepreneurs. The networks developed are attracting people and organisations who have a common interest in developing the entrepreneurial culture and in developing new businesses. Universities have started becoming more connected to local economy and more responsive to the employment market. Entreprises have started to be aware that universities could provide services and could be a credible partner for the training of their staff.

The third is by enhancing the way in which the knowledge triangle serves the economy. Bringing together researchers and educating them for entrepreneurship is a step forward in the academic institutions in these countries. Commercialisation of research results have started to become an important aspect of the academic culture.

Higher Education and Society
Interregional Program European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
Students and Life Long Learning participants from partner countries; partner countries university management; other universities in the partner countries; other universities in the European Union; policy makers in national and regional governments and in business; enterprises.
University Montpellier 2, France

  • To enhance innovation policy and entrepreneurship activity in partner countries by improvement of creativity, competitiveness and employability of Universities (Universities (Higher education institutions)) graduates and increase cooperation between Universities (Higher education institutions), innovation and investment companies for knowledge commercialization.
  • Developing inter-university Regional Start-up Centres and cooperation network between consortium members based on international academic and professional experience as a tool to implement innovative ideas and technologies.
  • Modernising engineering and computer science study programs and creating methodology and training courses for improvement of creativity and competence in innovations development, presentation and promotion.
  • Establishing  system  of training for trainers and Life Long Learning trainees, and retraining in the field of innovation policy development in partner countries.

  • Analysing Start-up Centres experience in European Union & partner countries and developing Start-up Centres  resources.
  • Creating 4 inter-university Regional Start-up centres in partner countries.
  • Developing web-portal for Start-Up Centres network.
  • Developing training resources and e-learning resources.
  • Installing web-based e-learning platform and developing E-learning components for 5 innovations development, presentation and promotion courses.
  • Developing methodology, program and teaching materials for Life Long Learning of engineering and computer science professionals and experts.
  • Delivering intensive training course by European Union partners for partner countries trainers in European Union.
  • Organizing pilot training of 20 students from each partner countries Universities (Higher education institutions).
  • Modernizing existing engineering and computer science study programs.
  • Organizing dissemination webinars, workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Improving Interactive international informational-analytical network for SUCSID project.
  • Providing project management.
  • Providing quality control of the project.

  1. 4 inter-university Regional Start-up centers in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
  2. Interactive international informational-analytical network for innovation projects and ideas support, web-portal for Start-Up Centers communication and e-platform for distance learning.
  3. Start-up Crash Tests to evaluate the strength of innovation ideas were provided.
  4. Methodology, program and teaching materials for 5 courses including e-learning components for innovations development, presentation and promotion.
  5. 5 courses for innovations development, presentation and promotion were put in selective part of engineering and computer science curricula and in Start-up Centre training activities for students, teachers, Life Long Learning trainees, business managers.
  6. Results of the project are disseminated in European Union and partner countries.