www.uni-vt.bg, Veliko Turnovo 5003, Sveta Gora, Teodosii Tarnovski str. 2, +35962620189, +35962618268
“St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo (VTU) is established in 1963. It is the spiritual successor to Turnovo Literary School f.1371. At present VTU is a major Bulgarian institution of higher learning and the first full-fledged Bulgarian University outside the country’s present capital specializing in a wide range of fully accredited degree programs in 6 of 9 spheres of higher education in Bulgaria: Pedagogical sciences and Teacher training; Languages and Philological Sciences; Social, Law and Business Sciences; Communication and Information Sciences; Art and Design; Mathematics and Informatics Sciences and National Security. It has an established reputation as a national and international centre for study and research. The University of Veliko Tarnovo undertook a thorough curriculum renewal process that was carried out within the framework of the European Higher Education Area and aimed at meeting the state requirements for the academic degrees “Bachelor”, “Master” and “PhD student”. In this respect, the University has also introduced the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and European Diploma Supplement. The University has 9 faculties, that offer over 60 BA programmes, over 130 MA programmes, and 64 PhD programmes, affiliate in Vratsa and Teacher Training College in Pleven. The approximate number of teaching staff is above 450 as it consists of full professors, associated professor, assistant professors and lecturers. Current enrolment at the university is about 10,000 including both Bulgarian and international students. At present, the University houses 16 Foreign Language Resource Centres. One of the most significant international programmes that the University of Veliko Tarnovo has established and actively supports is the annual International Summer Seminar in Bulgarian Language and Culture. In 2002, it was restructured into ICBS – International Centre for Bulgarian Studies, which works all year round. We are proud that out Alma Mater is well known among the academic community around the world and nationally with the high level of scientific research and quality education of its students. The professional realization of the university graduates is another proof of the high academic spirit and quality of the offered educational service. The University of Veliko Tarnovo is in Top 3 Sending Institutions of the European Commission for 2017 as we continue to be in the top positions of sending institutions in Bulgaria under the Erasmus + programme KA1. It has the capacity to run European projects, because of the well-organized International Relations department, that is responsible for all projects under the Erasmus+ programme. At University level there are running also other projects under different national or international programs. The University has long-lasting cooperation with a lot of European and non-European Universities and has a leading position in Bulgaria. The Erasmus office is organizing in the last years every year International staff weeks – for teaching staff, for training and for Bulgarian schools abroad. Currently the University of Veliko Tarnovo is involved in the application for the initiative European Universities.
www.pm.szczecin.pl, Poland, Region 20004656, City SZCZECIN
The Maritime University of Szczecin (MUS) is a public, technical university the history of which dates back to 1947. Education is being carried out on the five faculties: Faculty of Navigation, Faculty of Marine Engineering, Faculty of Computer Science and Telecommunications, Faculty of Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Transport Engineering and Economics where currently 3000 students are attending 15 BSc programmes, 6 MSc programmes, and 2 PhD programmes. MUS offers also non-degree postgraduate programmes, and numerous vocational courses and trainings. The staff of MUS consists of 500 employees including around 300 academic staff. The mission of MUS is to educate highly qualified maritime staff as well as offshore staff prepared to implement computer software and systems for supporting the transfer of information in the transport-forwarding-logistics industry. The University boasts over 100 well-equipped laboratories, a modern research-training vessel - the m/s Nawigator XXI and 16 most technically advanced simulators. Meeting the requirements of international conventions and being a holder of numerous teaching quality certificates, makes Maritime University of Szczecin one of EU leaders among universities of this type. Moreover, MUS has been actively participating in numerous externally funded, international projects which resulted in state-of-the-art research and didactic infrastructure but also in researching into most pressing, maritime issues and following the latest educational trends (in 2003-2022 the value of MUS projects amounted to ca. 35 MEUR). MUS has been involved in projects co-financed from the following EU instruments and international programmes such as: Horizon 2020, Baltic Sea Region, South Baltic Programme, BONUS-185, Era-Net Transport III, Era-Net Martec, Polish-Norwegian Research Programme, Erasmus+ and structural funds (ERDF and ESF) via national programmes for training and development of innovation and infrastructure Website: www.am.szczecin.pl The long-term goal of MUS, which is a technical university, is to improve the support that the university provides to entrepreneurial students. We already have an offer of entrepreneurship courses at first and second-cycle studies. However, there are currently no effective tools and support methods for entrepreneurial students. We want to create our own internal support system based on EntreAction!. By participating in EntreAction! project MUS is enriching its didactic offer and giving students the opportunity to study in the international environment as well as increasing the quality of teaching at MUS. The cooperation between MUS academic staff and the project partners provides the MUS employees opportunity to constantly update their knowledge and combine their theoretical expertise with practical skills.
www.tuni.fi, Finland, Region City TAMPERE
Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is a multidisciplinary and international higher education institution whose expertise ranges from and engineering to business and entrepreneurship with a focus on pedagogics and vocational teacher training. As a university of applied sciences, TAMK has a special emphasis on practically oriented education and research activities. TAMK has over 13,000 students, of which ca 10,000 are degree students. The students can engage over 40 degree programmes, of which 9 are conducted in English. TAMK has ca 700 staff members. TAMK is an international higher education institute with 360 partner universities in 50 countries. TAMK’s profile both as a modern and dynamic educational institution as well as an active project actor allows for genuine, long-lasting, and confidential partnerships with companies and SMEs, as well as with public and third sector organisations. Regarding the management and coordination of projects, TAMK has strong experience in running and participating in projects funded by varying funding instruments (H2020, Erasmus, EuropeAid, Business Finland, ESF, ERDF, Erasmus+, First, Northsouth-South, Interreg, etc.). TAMK’s project staff has professional experience, skills, and competences in managing projects, while its administration is specialised in financial management, accounting and reporting. TAMK has three impact areas that are targeted to developing 1) learning capabilities in modern work environments and international networks, 2) adaptation of emerging technologies, and 3) ecological innovations and social challenges. These will work as a framework for integrating both education and research from varying fields of studies. The nine fields of study of TAMK named School of Pedagogical Innovations and Culture, School of Business and Media, School of Built Environments and Bioeconomy, School of Industrial Engineering, and School of Social Services and Health Care ensure that education and research activities are multidisciplinary and large projects can be carried out by utilizing a vast variety of expertise. Through TAMK’s research, development, and innovation (RDI) operations, TAMK searches for solutions to help our customers. In the RDI activities, the professional expertise of TAMK's staff and students' fresh ideas are applied to partners' development needs. Development projects are often implemented in so-called living labs. A living lab is a real-life test and experimentation environment where users and producers work collaboratively to produce innovative solutions. TAMK's strong expertise in the field of education is being applied in the development of products and services which include an educational component. TAMK has been a valuable member of several Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Partnership, Knowledge Alliance, and Capacity Building projects. We are well prepared for and using many tools to support digitalized learning environments. With this EntreAction! project, our aim is to develop the current stage with new approaches, as well as to increase and support students’ need for creating business case stories in the learning environment for media production by piloting and collecting the experiences in the outcome of such.
www.science4people.eu, Poland, Region Podlaskie, City Białystok
We believe that science should serve society. That is why we established Science4People (S4P) to facilitate the goal that seems to be obvious. However, in practice, it is not easy. The world of science and the world of business are often wary. Science usually strives for perfection and even the best inventions can be further improved :) Business strives to maximize profit, preferably in the shortest possible time. That is why science and business are not always on the same way. To make them closer, we, as academic teachers, were carrying out two Strategic Partnership projects. Namely MELES - More Entrepreneurial Life at European School (2014-1-PL01-KA203-003501) and ABC-MELES 2.0 - Academic Business Coach (2017-1-PL01-KA203-038541). The first one helped us to develop a short interactive course on Entrepreneurship, test it and introduce to curricula at Project Partners universities. The second one has created a coaching approach to teaching Entrepreneurship course. Coach is able to support researchers and students in the commercialisation of research results. We have fantastic results. Our students created globally oriented companies e.g. Rift Cat https://riftcat.com/vridge or Photon https://photonrobot.com/pl, that sell their products to most countries in the world. The output of the first project (http://melesproject.eu/files/ebook.pdf) is still popular, having a few downloads per week, despite it was developed four years ago. Five years is almost an era in the technology-driven world. Actually, it is a digital era, which requires us to use innovative practices. E-book, which was a very popular medium in the previous decade, now is pushing out by new tools. Teachers, who have downloaded MELES e-book, pointed out, that each year it is harder and harder to convince students to use it. To meet their expectations, we prepared a questionnaire, which was sent to our summer school participants (90 persons during the last five years). We asked them about the way, they acquire knowledge. All of the responders use not-face-to-face channels. Over 60% declared that they like a chatbot communication tool. This is why we developed MELES-BOT - https://bot.science4people.eu/let-us-help-you/. In cooperation with 8 European Universities we execute a grant titled: BOTLearning as a modern teaching method of GEN Z (2020-1-PL01-KA203-081777). We are aiming to implement innovative practices, which prepare pupils and students to live in the digital era. This is our first project executed in cooperation with Veliko Tarnovo University. The Science4People multidisciplinary team consists of 6 persons. Three persons are deeply involved in the education process, mainly on the higher education level. Another team consists of two students - film studies and media culture alumni and IB International Baccalaureate alumni. The whole team supplements accountant, experienced in the EU funded projects. Such a multidisciplinary team has all required competencies to prepare storytelling scenarios, collect storytelling from entrepreneurs and companies and implement as an innovative method in entrepreneurship learning. Currently the company employs 15 people and executes 3 projects including MELES-BOT. Two others are research projects with strong social impact. JoinUs4Health, financed through Horizon2020, aims to combine Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and crowdsourcing as converging approaches to promote inclusive innovation and citizens engagement in cohort research. InfoTester aims for automatic and precise detection of disinformation by development and verification of original methods of vertical artificial intelligence.
www.ua.pt, Portugal, Region City AVEIRO
The University of Aveiro (UA) is a young university, founded in 1973, with over 15000 full-time students (graduate and postgraduate). The University has a strong research profile, a unique model of governance (16 Departments, 4 Polytechnic Schools and various training centres), acting as a regional network for education and training promoting strong links with the surrounding community and was a pioneer in launching degrees in new subject areas. The BMD (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) structure is fully implemented and learning outcomes are introduced. Recognition of prior learning is also implemented, for those who do not have the formal entry requirements. The University is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities and was one of the first institutions to be granted the ECTS label in 2004, with this distinction having been renewed in 2009 and 2013 and the Diploma Supplement Label also awarded in 2013. UA participates in 3 ERASMUS MUNDUS Joint Masters programmes and 2 ERASMUS MUNDUS joint doctorate programmes. UA also runs several joint doctoral programmes with other Portuguese Universities. It has also signed an agreement as one of the Portuguese institutions to participate in the programme of collaboration between Portugal and Carnegie Mellon University for the development of postgraduate programmes and research in the field of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). At the same time, the collaboration between the Telecommunications Institute (IT) and the Physics sector with Siemens is an example of the way in which the university has encouraged both innovation and commercialization linked to research. It has also provided resources for its research policy through funding and the provision of high-quality researchers. The UA team consists of experienced teachers and researchers in Natural Science, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Social Networks, Digital Media and Mixed Reality. The team members are all qualified experts in the areas relevant to the project. They participated/coordinated in many international projects in the aforementioned areas and they are developers of innovative methodologies for (a)synchronous teaching in the areas of Science, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Audiovisual production for students of STEAM, Management, Communication, and other courses. All team members have experience in the organization of research and teaching activities, such as conferences and workshops, intensive courses, and thematic schools.
www.uni-leipzig.de, Germany, Region City LEIPZIG
As a comprehensive university, the Alma Mater Lipsiensis (University of Leipzig - UL) covers the entire spectrum from natural sciences, law and to a wide range of study programmes in the humanities and social sciences. After the conversion to Bachelor and Master degrees, the University currently offers around 136 degree programmes. In addition to its multitude of consecutive B.A./M.A: programmes, the University offers many advanced Master and postgraduate programmes, plus distance learning courses, making its educational profile unique in Saxony. Interdisciplinary teaching, modern equipment, committed and experienced lecturers and on top of that a convenient and exciting city – there are many good reasons for studying at the second-oldest university in Germany. The University is a place of international cooperation in research and teaching. 50 bilateral agreements on the university level and approximately 350 ERASMUS agreements associate the University with universities all over the world while 43 agreements on the faculty level and 39 binational postgraduate degree agreements supplement the university’s international radius of engagement. The Leipzig Alumni International network encompasses more than 1,800 committed graduates of the UL from more than 110 countries who are actively associated with their alma mater. Leipzig University incorporates a high level of entrepreneurial activities, mainly in the following fields: 1. Lectures and workshops at undergraduate level (mandatory courses and electives): in many faculties, e.g. International Business Online Marketing, Export Manager), 2. Lectures and workshops at post-graduate level (mandatory courses and electives): international full-time MBA program (Small Enterprise Promotion and Training), 3. StartUp Incubator SMILE at Leipzig University, a consulting service for (planned) start-ups, students and scientists who want to set up a new company, providing office space, training, coaching or support in applying for public funds.
www.comu.edu.tr, Turkey, Region City Canakkale
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (ÇOMU) was founded in 1992, with its new status and intake from Turkey's large youth population, the university developed quickly in terms of the number of students, staff and facilities, spurring the opening of new faculties and colleges. The university has 50.000 students participating in a wide variety of programs taught by 1450 academic staff in 15 faculties, 3 polytechnic colleges and 13 vocational colleges. Teaching vision as the COMU is to have training emphasizing general techniques in Engineering, Medical, Agricultural and Educational areas. ÇOMU has different quality systems used in various fields (Medical, Agriculture, Food, and Management) such as ISO 9000, 22.000 and HACCP. Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (COMU) is one of the most competitive universities in Turkey, and always looking for more talented people to play a part in its future. COMU is a modern state university, committed to world-class academic excellence. The reputation and popularity of COMU in Turkey is based on the high-quality teaching and learning experience available to students at the university. At COMU, students have access to wide-ranging learning resources and up-to-date facilities. Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University possesses a research fund which encourages the progress and development of society by financing scientific research projects. In addition, COMU actively seeks to propose and develop projects within international research programmes.