27-28 February 2023 | Venice

The transnational kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ Forward Thinking project ReGenerate Strategies for Higher Education Institutions (hereafter REGENU for short) was successfully held at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. The meeting brought together experts from various fields across Europe to discuss the role of higher education institutions in accelerating society's transition from an extractive to a regenerative economy.

The project consists of eight partners across Europe with representatives from Italy, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Slovenia, Serbia, and Ireland:

  • Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy (UNIVE)
  • University Industry Innovation Network, The Netherlands (UIIN)
  • Institute Mines-Télécom Business School, France (IMTBS)
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany (FHMS)
  • University de Vic, Spain (UVIC)
  • Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (IRI UL)
  • National Alliance for Local Economic Development, Serbia (NALED)
  • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (TCD)

The objectives of the three-year consortium include the following:

  • Supporting Transition: Clarify, design and trial the role of higher education institutes in transitioning the EU society from an extractive to a regenerative economy;
  • Developing Talents: Equip and empower change-makers with skills, knowledge, and attitudes on the regenerative economy; and
  • Generating Impact: Think globally to impact local environments by developing solutions with regenerative business models.

During the day-and-a-half meetings, partner representatives reviewed the content of each work package and engaged in lively discussions on how to promote entrepreneurial solutions and collaboration in education and research concerning the regenerative economy. They also shared their experiences, insights, and ideas on improving the project's quality and impact.

Overall, the kick-off meeting was a great success. The meeting concluded with a concrete plan and insightful ideas for collaboration. It also highlighted the importance of cross-disciplinary and international collaboration and the need for innovative, regenerative approaches to boost economic advancement in the future. In addition, it has been a valuable opportunity to build new networks and partnerships and explore innovative approaches to education and research.

FH Münster will support all work packages in the coming three years, especially in work package 3: Training Programme and Toolkit on ReGenerative Sustainability and work package 4: ReGenerate Innovation Challenge.

We look forward to collaborating with the partners and implementing the ideas and results developed during the meeting.

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