Given that women represent about 60% of the higher education institutions graduates, their under-representation amongst start-ups is a clear challenge. Despite a rise in participation of female students in entrepreneurship education at higher education institutions (HEIs), they still lag behind compared to their male counterparts.

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Given that women represent about 60% of the higher education institutions graduates, their under-representation amongst start-ups is a clear challenge. Despite a rise in participation of female students in entrepreneurship education at higher education institutions (HEIs), they still lag behind compared to their male counterparts. Even when they have participated in entrepreneurship education, they are less likely to move towards actual entrepreneurial careers after graduating. When they do, these graduate female entrepreneurs are less well embedded in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem: fewer participate in local incubation and acceleration programmes, seek and receive funding and are active in regional enterprise networks.

A pioneering European initiative, WeRin, led by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre at the FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, brings together 14 partners from 6 countries. Funded by the ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliance programme for a three-year timeframe, WeRin partners have ambitious plans to enhance the inclusivity of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems and the embeddedness of female entrepreneurs therein by designing more inclusive academic and non-academic entrepreneurship education and support programmes.

Timeframe: 01.01.2021-31.12.2024

Budget: 999,639.00 €


  • Increase the share of female graduate entrepreneurs and ensure they are firmly integrated in regional entrepreneurial ecosystems across Europe.
  • Inclusion of entrepreneurship education and support programmes from gender and structural perspective.
  • Make women feel invited to the entrepreneurship scene while going beyond the boundaries of Higher Education into their regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and to ensure that female entrepreneurs can become a key part of these.


The project brings together 14 partners across Europe: Münster University of Applied Sciences (Lead Partner), Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands), University Industry Innovation Network (The Netherlands), University of Zagreb (Croatia), Munster Technological University (Ireland), Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), Momentum Consulting (Ireland), European Center for Women and Technology (Norway), Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Steinfurt mbH (Germany), Impact Hub Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Technology park Varazdin (Croatia), ARI Teknokent Proje Gelistirme Planlama (Turkey) and Rubicon Centre (Ireland).



Project Director: Jun. -Prof. Dr. Sue Rossano-Rivero

Lead Researcher: Iulia Stroila PhD(C)


The potential of the long-standing university partnerships between FH Münster University of Applied Sciences and the consortium partners is to take place within the framework of the third mission. As a result, answers and ideas are sought and needed to shape regionally and internationally integrated innovation locations in the future.

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For this project, the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre will contribute ist expertise in the field of "Design Thinking" and organise and moderate these workshops to generate ideas. For this purpose, "Design Thinking" sesssions are planned (hybrid), so that the presidiums of the cooperating universities can create these ideas together.

Timeframe: 01.02.2022-31.12.2023

Budget: 499.683 Euro


  1. Internationalisation strategy of FHMS is further developed and implemented by integrating the dimension of science/business and science/society and the university ecosystem
  2. An operational network between Coventry University, FHMS, INACAP, Pacto Alegre, University of Minnesota and their respective connected ecosystems has been built up and established.
  3. Members of and associated groups along the Lifelong Learning Cycle (e.g. students, further education participants, academic and administrative staff) have been empowered to apply their enhanced intercultural, international and foreign language skills.

Coventry University (Coventry, UK)
INACAP (Santiago de Chile, Chile)
Pacto Alegre (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) (Porto Alegre, Brazil)
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA)

Design Thinking Officer: Annika Wesbuer

RestART Europe

RestART Europe: Mentoring Second-chance Female Entrepreneurs to Restart the European Arts and Creative Sector

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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and magnified the pre-existing volatility of the cultural and creative industries. Due to the precarious nature of their work, women working in the cultural and creative sectors were particularly impacted, namely their income, access to social security, freedom of movement, and artistic creation (UNESCO, 2021). Although the second chance policies in Europe are an excellent instrument to give some peace of mind to entrepreneurs to start again after a failure, they only focus on the legal and economic parts. Moreover, many of these policies aim to "produce" more entrepreneurs and not so much on the need to preserve the stock of entrepreneurs (European Commission, 2020). For this reason, an excellent second chance policy is essential to send the message that entrepreneurship cannot end up as a "life sentence" if things go wrong.

Timeframe: 02.02.2022-31.01.2025

Budget: 289.593,00 €


  1. Understand the status quo, needs, desires and skills needed from female entrepreneurs who seek a second chance, after business failure, in the arts and creative sector, and map the drivers and competencies that mentors should have when providing mentoring to female entrepreneurs
  2. Bring together a community of European mentors with second-chance female entrepreneurs in an online and interactive platform and evaluate the relationship between mentors and second-chance female entrepreneurs (mentees)
  3. Providing guidance and training to mentors for successful integration in the development of mentoring to second chance female entrepreneurs



  • Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (Germany)
  • Stichting Voor Algemeen Voorgezet Onderwijs, Beroepsonderwijs En Volwasseneneducatie (Netherlands)
  • Cofac Cooperativa De Formacao E Animacao Cultural Crl (Portugal)
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico Ii (Italy)

Manager: Iulia Stroila

Blockchain for Agri-Food Educators

Blockchain for Agri-Food Educators is an innovative project that seeks to transform the provision of education in the agribusiness, food science, and nutrition sectors through the strategic utilization of blockchain technology. By developing innovative pedagogical approaches that encompass a wide range of theories, methods, processes, and teaching concepts, this project aims to enable higher education educators to take the lead in digitizing the food sector while simultaneously addressing critical societal challenges within the food supply chain.

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The Blockchain for Agri-Food Educators project seeks to enhance the quality and incidence of education for higher educators by developing new pedagogies in blockchain technologies that cover theories, methods, processes, and teaching concepts. By doing so, the project aims to tackle societal challenges in the food supply chain and drive the digital transformation of the food sector. The project's objectives include empowering academics and lecturers from agribusiness, food science and engineering, and nutrition departments to unlock the power of blockchain for their agrifood student population while providing leadership for industry players in their regions. The project also aims to lead the education of the future workforce in a responsible manner that enables them to meet job market requirements. Finally, the project aims to transform agrifood business models, productivity, competitiveness, and growth for the benefit of a broad range of stakeholders, from small-scale farmers to consumers, product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

Timeframe: 2021-2023

Budget: 250.000 EUR


  • (1) Guide to Blockchain Education: recommending effective pedagogic strategies for teaching digital skills in blockchain integration in agrifood education. Its results include a research report and a guide to aid understanding of the relationship between blockchain and key agrifood challenges / opportunities.
  • (2) Open Education Resources for Blockchain Education in the Agrifood sector: providing lecturers with pre-made resources for in-person or digital classes. This will help facilitate the transition to digital education in a field of study that is becoming increasingly digital. The project will produce three key results: the Blockchain Education in the Agrifood Sector Open Education Resources, the Classroom Teaching Pack, and the Online Course for Direct Study.
  • (3) Dissemination and Sustainability: promoting the adoption of Blockchain for Agri-food Educators among partners, peers, networks, and the wider education and agri-food sector. Its goal is to ensure the long-term sustainability and impact of the project.

Partners: FH Münster University of Applied Science (Germany), Slovenska Universita (Slovakia), Momentum Marketing Services (Ireland), Arctur Racunalniskis Inzeniring (Slovenia) and European E-learning Institute (Denmark)

Manager: Annika Wesbuer


eWBL (Work Based Learning) is an Erasmus + project that focuses on how work-based learning competences could be fostered in the absence of a physical environment. As the work environment is increasingly shifting to online and hybrid formats, ways of making work-based learning effective in this new environment has become an urgent need of educators across the EU. The project addresses this specific need by developing frameworks, tools, and guidelines that educators in HE (lecturers, trainers, and administrative staff) could use to deliver high-quality eWBL.

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The importance of Work-based learning (WBL) in developing work-ready graduates has been documented by several EU-funded projects. However, as work is increasingly delivered remotely, a new form of WBL has emerged recently - what this project calls "eWBL". As the ability to efficiently work online becomes increasingly relevant, WBL trainers need to envisage ways to promote graduates' work-readiness in the absence of the physical environment. Yet how to adequately replace the physical environment with a virtual one in WBL is a challenging and highly unexplored issue. The main aim of the project is to upskill educators in HE (lecturers, trainers and administrative staff) on how to design and deliver high-quality eWBL.

To reach this goal, the project will explore how 25 high-quality WBL providers across Europe have dealt with the pedagogical and technological challenges associated with the transition from WBL to eWBL and the solutions they have encountered.

Results of this investigation will be translated into

  • Frameworks and replicable models
  • A toolkit
  • Open educational resources (OERs)
  • Capacity-building activities
  • Multiplier events that will help training those involved in WBL provision in HE

Timeframe: 01.01.2022 - 30.11.2024

Budget: 380.285,00€


  • Upskill educators in HE on how to design and deliver high-quality eWBL

Partners: University of Groningen (Netherlands), Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini S.r.l. SB (FGB) (Italy), Ca'Foscari University of Venice (Italy), Momentum (Ireland),Ljubljana University (Slovenia), Science to Business Marketing Research Center of FH Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany).

Manager: Habtamu Garomssa


The DigiTransformEdu project aims to foster the digital transformation of HE and tertiary VET institutions. DigiTransformEdu will result in a comprehensive and complementary set of outcomes that cover the seven thematic elements of DigCompOrg (i.e., Leadership & Governance Practices: R1 & R3; Teaching & Learning Practices: R2, R4, R5 & R6; Professional Development: R5 & R6; Assessment Practices: R4; Content & Curricula: R4; Collaboration & Networking: R3, R6 & 4 ME; Infrastructure: R2, R3 & R4).

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The DigiTransformEdu project aims to foster the digital transformation of HE and tertiary VET institutions. DigiTransformEdu will result in a comprehensive and complementary set of outcomes that cover the seven thematic elements of DigCompOrg (i.e., Leadership & Governance Practices: R1 & R3; Teaching & Learning Practices: R2, R4, R5 & R6; Professional Development: R5 & R6; Assessment Practices: R4; Content & Curricula: R4; Collaboration & Networking: R3, R6 & 4 ME; Infrastructure: R2, R3 & R4)

 DigiTransformEdu project will target involve: • Institutional leaders responsible for the digital agenda • Programme managers responsible for the digitalisation of pedagogy • Digital educators who belong to A2 and B1 levels of DigCompEdu The secondary target groups are: • HEIs • Tertiary VET providers • Associations of educational and training institutions • Businesses and their learning departments • Professional associations Students, participants, and learners in general are the main beneficiary of the project. They will profit from the enhanced digitalisation at institutional level and at individual level from the improved digital competence of their educators. By achieving its objectives DigiTransformEdu will impact the target groups and the relevant stakeholders.

The project follows a logical sequence and starts by mapping the digital readiness and resilience of about 30 HE and tertiary VET institutions in response to the COVID-19 crisis that will help identifying best practices and learning from failures. These institutions will form the core, on which the exploratory work will be based.

Timeframe: 01.11.2021 - 01.01.2024

Budget: 309.535,00 EUR


The project objective will be reached through a six-step approach (operational objectives):

  1. Mapping the digital readiness and resilience of educational and training institutions in response to the COVID-19 crisis (project results 1 & 2)
  2. Promoting the development of a digital culture by supporting institutional leadership to pursue digital strategy at institutional level (project result 3)
  3. 3. Encouraging the digitalisation of educational processes and promoting effective digital-age learning by integrating the DigCompOrg framework (project results 3 & 4)
  4. Based on the DigCompEdu framework and the concept for the different roles of educators in an online environment, defining the knowledge and skills needed by the digital educator (project result 5)
  5. Raising the digital competence of educators by organising training activities and preparing training materials (project results 5 & 6)
  6. Enhancing international networking and cooperation and contributing to the EU Digital Education Action Plan (project result 6 & four multiplier events).


Digital National Alliance, Academy Nikola Tesla, Algebra group, ESI Center Eastern Europe, Gruppo Pragma Srl, EFMD, The Münster University of Applied Sciences, New Bulgarian University, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini S.r.l.

Managers: Adisa Ejubovic, Michael Kortenbrede

Managing Digital Transformation

New and emerging digital disruptive technologies - such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Social Media, Big Data, Smart Devices, Internet of Things (IoT) - create new business challenges and change the traditional value creation paradigm. Industry 4.0 presents organizations with challenging problems requiring new approaches and solutions. Digitalization opens new opportunities and intensifies and accelerates the rate of innovation. The need for professionals able to develop and implement strategies and tactics addressing the digital transformation by businesses, organizations and governments is high and urgent. Not just hard, digital skills, but also soft skills to guide organizations through the whole process of digital transformation. However, the shortage of staff with specialized and multidisciplinary skills and knowledge is the biggest barrier for organizations.

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This project will address the shortage of 'digital leaders' by developing a 30 ECTS program (EQF 5-7) called 'Managing Digital Transformation' (MDT). The program will be designed for students AND professionals with a high interest in entrepreneurship and management, who possess a Bachelor's degree in a study as Economics, Communication, Business Administration, Education, Public Management, or a Bachelor's degree of a technical study. The program consists of six specializations of each 5 ECTS. These specializations will address the three core elements of the 'leadership skills triangle': technology, business/commerce and leadership. The multidisciplinary program will deliver digital leaders who can enable successful digital transformations, thereby contributing to the competitiveness of Europe and of individual organizations.

Timeframe:  01.09.2020 - 31.08.2023 (36 months)

Budget: 448.310,00 EUR


The project aims at developing and delivering a 30 ECTS module on "Managing Digital Transformation" with 6 specialised courses of each 5 ECTS on:

  1. Changing Society
  2. Data-driven World
  3. E-Skills
  4. Business Models
  5. Leadership
  6. Challenges


Universiteit Twente (Lead partner), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Athens University of Economics and Business, ACEEU GmbH, Stichting Saxion, EIT KIC Urban Mobility

Manager: Judith Helmer


Training Faculty on Blended Learning

More about FABLE

Spanning over two years, FABLE has as its aim to help higher education (HE) teaching staffs to design and implement blended learning while fully exploiting the advantages offered by this approach consisting of combining face-to-face teaching, live videoconferencing courses, online accessible recorded courses, micro-learning, and online self-training.

Timeframe: 01.03.2021 - 28.02.2023 (24 months)

Budget: 54.744,00 €


  1. Creating a knowlege bank, to better identify the needs and expectations of students and trainees on the one side, professors, educators and trainers on the other side, regarding blended learning and training on blended learning.
  2. Conceive and test a methodology to transform in-class courses into blended learning ones exploiting the benefits brought by this form of teaching, including a guide to distance learning tools. Built upon the needs and expectations identified, the methodology is aimed at providing a step-by-step 'vade-mecum' explaining to professors and trainers how they can design or transform their in-person courses into blended learning curricula according to the intended learning outcomes.
  3. Design, develop and implement a tool aimed at training faculty on blended training so to help them design courses for blended learning. The platform aims at a full integration of the learning and teaching experience in online and face-to-face combined settings.
  4. Issue a white paper for education systems to help them steer the digital transformation of their teaching through effective performance indicators.


  • HAIKARA, France


FR01 Agence Erasmus+ France / Education et Formation

Nelli Scharapow

Boundary Spanners

After the launch of the Europe 2020 strategy and the EU Growth Agenda, Europe has taken the path to create a more connected relationship between society, government, business and higher education institutions (HEIs) in order to increase employment, productivity and social cohesion. However, despite the strong policy support, cooperation among the key actors in Europe is still in the early stages of development, and their interaction remains insufficient. In that, the recent reports by EU Smart Specialisation Platform and JRC particularly emphasize the need for "boundary spanners" in the innovation ecosystem, individuals who have deep understanding of both business and academia. This capacity is increasingly deemed crucial among the university staff in the entrepreneurial discovery and smart specialisation processes of the HEIs, to support transfer and exchange of knowledge. The nature of the barriers that hinder regional engagement include "lack of 'boundary spanning skills in the university" and "lack of leadership to drive change".

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Timeframe: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022

Budget: 773.838,00 € (FH Anteil 110.144,00 € )


  • identify boundary spanning skills and practices of the HEIs and Businesses in their collaboration with each other
  • profile and analyse boundary spanners in HEIs and businesses in the partner regions and across Europe
  • develop and pilot test the Boundary Spanners Workshop Series with HEI staff and SME representatives
  • prepares and disseminate the Boundary Spanners Learning and Experience Collection.
  • organise regional events, policy workshop and Cascading Training to HEI and business representatives, enhancing exploitation
  • developing the models for boundary spanners community building, self-assessment and certification for the sustainability of the project results.

Partners: University Industry Innovation Network's (Netherlands); FH Münster (Germany); Institut Mines Telecom Business School (France); Universidad de Malaga (Spain); Association Europeenne d'Institutions de L'enseignement superi (Belgium); Crazy Town Oy (Finland); Momentum Marketing Services Limited (Ireland); Meath County Council (Ireland); Camara de Comercio E Industria Italiana Para Espana (Spain); Istanbul Teknik Universitesi (Turkey)

Manager: Habtamu Garomssa

Digital Innovation

Nowadays, especially small companies are struggling to make use of their digital innovation capacity, in particular in terms of service offerings, although a wide range of possibilities are waiting for them. Based on this need for improvement, the Digital Innovation project has been developed by six European partners and accepted as Erasmus+ project.

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With the aim to support higher education lecturers in developing and implementing improved and up-to-date courses on Innovation Management to impact not only effective digital skills into service innovation education, but also help digitising new service development in service sector businesses. Starting with a Digital Innovation Audit to map a state-of-the-art service innovation development process, respective criteria will be selected to map relevant digital tools in an online platform. Based on the audit, a Digital Innovation Benchmarking Tool will be developed to assess companies in terms of their status-quo digital innovation efforts. Following these outputs, Problem-Based Learning Online Education Resources will be created to show how digital tools can be better used in the service development process, leading to more and better service innovation in companies.

Funding body: Erasmus+

Timeframe: 01.10.2020 - 30.09.2022 (24 months)

Budget: 269.959,00 €

Objectives: (1) Support HE Educators in DEVELOPING improved and up-to-date courses on Innovation Management
(2) Support HE Educators in IMPLEMENTING better and more up-to-date courses on Innovation Management

Partners: University Szczecinski, Stichting Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Momentum Marketing Services, European Universities Continuing Education Network, European E-learning Institute

Project Manager: Judith Helmer

Value & Future

Sustainable, future proof entrepreneurship is based on ethics and values. This is the motto of project Value and Future, an innovative project that connects 6 partners in Europe with a common goal: to empower young people towards ethical entrepreneurship and leadership, inspired by role models.

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The project sets the ambition to develop the skills and mind-set of young people, based on values and empathy instead of on only profit or professional protocols. The project encourages students of VET to actively seek the purpose for their own entrepreneurial future and to recognise the ethical choices that enterprises showcase around them. Through a set of activities and lessons supported by teachers and entrepreneurs, VET students engage in a dialogue about moral dilemma's in enterprises in relation to people and planet. They learn to ask critical questions and they search for positive role models. Due to project activities, students engage in conversations with enterprises to define values, ethics and
authenticity, and the difference businesses can make in society. In these conversations, students continuously ask themselves the question: 'what matters to me as a future entrepreneur and what matters to entrepreneurs I meet? What matters to my future company and what matters to enterprises around me?

  • Funding body: Erasmus+
  • Timeframe: 01.09.2020-31.08.23
  • Budget: 389.721,00 EUR
  • Objectives: The project connects the need of powerful entrepreneurship education that changes the mind-set of young people and teachers about the ethical and moral angles of their choices, career path and place in society.
  • Partners: Kaunas vocational training center, Lithuania; IDEC, Greece; Escola Pia de Mataró, Spain;  University of Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Project Manager: Friesland College, the Netherlands


ENHANCER aims to contribute to the horizontal priorities "Addressing digital transformation through development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity"; sectoral priorities "Stimulating innovative learning and teaching practices" and "Rewarding excellence in learning, teaching, and skills development".

Our consortium aims to address the priorities above by developing tools in digital learning for teachers and students in European Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to enable students to tackle societal challenges through social entrepreneurship. Realizing our aim will help students build the required and relevant skills and therefore reduce the mismatches on the labour market. It also enables students to contribute to an entrepreneurial society that is sustainable and inclusive.

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Horizontal priority: Addressing digital transformation through the development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity.

Timeframe: 01.03.2022 - 28.02.2025

Budget: 399.868,00 € (FH Anteil 57.238,00 € )


The objective of this project is developing tools in digital learning for teachers and students in European Higher Education Institutes to enable students to tackle societal challenges through social entrepreneurship by aiding students in building the required and relevant skills, therefore reducing the mismatches on the labor market. As a result, qualifying students to contribute to an entrepreneurial society that is sustainable and inclusive.

Partners: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Lead partner, The Netherlands); FH Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany); Center for Social Innovation LTD (Cyprus); Questomatica (The Netherlands); Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal); Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).

Manager: Dr. Sue Rossano-Rivero, PhD (c) Katrin Uude, PhD (c) Habtamu Garomssa.

Pioneering Innovative Food for Seniors (PIFS)

In response to the increasing demand for new food products and services within the Silver Economy, the Pioneering Innovative Food for Seniors (PIFS) is a transformative project that aims at creating a lasting impact for food businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees, by introducing innovative methods to enhance companies' critical innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Our project targets food SMEs with up-to-date knowledge and innovation skills necessary to capitalize on this niche market opportunity, and the vocational education and training (VET) sector to help them grow their businesses and empower senior consumers with wider food choices.

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Funding body: Erasmus+
Timeframe: 2020-2022
Budget: 288,034.00 euros
Objectives:  The project aims include: (1) promoting food innovation in SMEs by enhancing companies' critical innovation and entrepreneurial skills, and stimulating new food product and service development; and (2) providing training to help the VET sector, food, and enterprise policymakers develop new strategies to boost economic growth and skill training in a way that contributes to healthier elderly communities.
Partners: Fundacion Ageing Social Lab, Food Innovation Centre, University of Nottingham, Momentum Marketing Services Limited; Luthanian Innovation Centre, Lithuanian Innovation Center, and European E-Learning Institute
Project Managers: Choiwai Maggie Chak M.Sc. and Anna Haasler, B.A.

EXIST Potentiale

We want to inspire, empower and support potential entrepreneurs - innovation-oriented, individualized and person-focused, interdisciplinary, cross-organizational and quality-based - and continuously develop  our ecosystem further cooperatively.

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Full name: EXIST Potentiale

Funding body: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie
Timeframe: 1.5.2020-30.04.2024
Budget: 1.570.800 €

  • to sustainably qualify as an entrepreneurial university
  • to act as coordinator of a regional start-up network within a regional association for start-up support
  • to distinguish itself in international competition as an entrepreneurial university

Partners: Katholische Hochschule NRW; TAFH
Project Manager: Jens Wortmann

How we are fuelling the Third Mission with gentle "nudging"

In the understanding that universities could have a larger impact on societal progress via their academics, we have developed nudges aiming to inspire academics to co-create with society. Nudges are subtle hints or cues to inspire behaviours.

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Funding body: Stifterverband

Timeframe: 11.11.2020 - competitive

Budget: First round: 10.000 EUR

Objectives: Finding collaborations with other universities to implement the desired nudges to inspire academics for collaboration with business and society.

Partners: TBD

Project Manager: Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre, Eva Sormani

Advancing Rural Development through Entrepreneurship Education for Adults (ARDENT)

ARDENT project is targeted to adult learners in the rural communities (aged 25 and over) of various professional backgrounds possessing some formal education but currently unemployed. It aims at improving the transfer of competences from HEIs in the sense of lifelong further learning to the adult communities in rural areas, to seed in them the basis to become job creators and not job seekers. Through a Community-Based Learning (CBL) approach to entrepreneurial skills development among adult learners, ARDENT seeks to integrate them into a process where they need to generate creative solutions to real-life challenges of rural communities. In this way, the university is able to engage with the society and achieve synergies through lifelong learning in the form of entrepreneurship to promote rural development.

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Funding body: Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (NA BIBB) 

Timeframe: 01.10 2019 - 28.03.2022

Budget: 238.485,00 € - budget for consortium 

Objectives: ARDENT will produce three Intellectual Outputs:

IO1 - Rural Council Building Tool Box with an objective to create 5 rural councils, unifying the region and enabling cross-institutional collaboration.

IO2 - Rural Consultation Roadmap & Needs Analysis Reports with an objective to (1) identify the rural needs and bridge the divide between the HEI and its regional community through regional consultation events that require innovative solutions

IO3 - Rural Entrepreneurship Community-based Learning Pack, a two-semester training course which will develop relevant entrepreneurial skills through developing a minimum of 3 entrepreneurial concepts addressing societal and business challenges. The ideas will be pitched to the community and implemented by the students. 

Partners: Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia), Cracow University of Economics (Poland), Univations (Germany), UIIN (the Netherlands), Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (Portugal)

Contact person: Iulia Stroila, M.A, Adisa Ejubovic, M.Sc

Quintuple Helix Approach to Targeted Open Innovation in Energy, Water, Agriculture in the South Mediterranean Neighborhood (5 TOI_EWAS

The 5TOI_4EWAS project backs a very inclusive innovation policy implementation path as well as the Horizon 2020 objectives for encouraging the research and innovation cooperation between the Union and Southern Mediterranean Neighbourhood (Topic: INT-02-2015). 5TOI_4EWAS proposes a radically new way to generate innovation in the South Mediterranean Neighborhood, based on the innovation ecosystem created by the Research 2 Innovation projects funded within the 7FP. Under the Quintuple helix model, involving the widest possible range of stakeholders, the project will focus on three key challenges - Food, Energy and Water through the Nexus approach - as these issues are obviously at the top of the Research and Innovation agenda in MPC countries.

The project will enhance and support regional smart specialization and development by increasing research capacity, effective mobility of young innovators/researchers and shared knowledge to improve their participation in the EU research area. It will contribute to the establishment of favourable and stable conditions for international cooperation and the set-up of a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space of specialization in the SMN for a real socio-economic impact, based on co-ownership and mutual benefits.

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Funding body: Horizon 2020

Timeframe: 01.05.2016 - 30.04.2019

Budget: 1.949.914 euros


  • Support international Science and Innovation policy dialogue and cooperation on water, energy and food following NEXUS approach with co-design and co-ownership.
  • Foster international cooperation between EU-MPC focused on targeted open innovation in the energy, water and food sectors to increase the coordination and synergies between policies and programmes among both regions.
  • Set up a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space to achieve a collaborative R&I ecosystem in the Southern Mediterranean Neighborhood.
  • Raise awareness on targeted open innovation in the three strategic sectors among EU and MPC policy, research business and civil society communities as well as spread the relevance of international cooperation concepts for seizing common challenges and opportunities.

Partners: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Innova BIC, Royal Scientific Society, INNOLABS SRL, EUREC EESV, FH Muenster, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving Foundation, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving Foundation (Tunisia), Association R&D MAROC, UNIMED, ITEMS INTERNATIONAL

Contact person: Arno Meerman, BA; Adisa Ejubovic M.Sc.

The State of University-Business Cooperation in Europe

The project has been conducted during 2016 and 2017 by a consortium led by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre, Germany for the DG Education and Culture, European Commission. The aim of the project was to get a more profound, comprehensive and up to date understanding of the state of University-Business Cooperation (UBC) in Europe, from the perspective of both the higher education institutions (HEIs) and the business sector.

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Funding body: European Commission, DG Education and Culture

Timeframe: 2016-2018

Objectives: The project explored the state of play of UBC in different countries, examining the form and extent of main drivers and barriers for the different stakeholders, regulatory frameworks and the type and extent of existing measures supporting UBC at a national level.

The main components of the project were a series of expert interviews with 23 recognised UBC experts, 52 good practice case studies, a major policy and indicator review as well as a major quantitative survey of stakeholders within both HEIs and business. A final sample population of 17,410 representatives from within HEIs (14,318 responses including 2,285 HEI Managers, 10,836 Academics and 1,197 Knowledge Transfer Professionals) and business (3,113 responses) was achieved making it the largest international study into cooperation between HEIs and business yet completed.

PartnersScience-to-Business Marketing Research Centre (main partner), Technolopis Group, UIIN, Eurochambres, Ingenio CSIS-UPV, University of Ljubljana, Leiden University, EURASHE.

Contact person: Balzhan Orazbayeva M.A., Arno Meerman B.A.

Global University Engagement Monitor (GUEM)

This major study is a global benchmarking initiative to establish a global monitor for State of University-Business Cooperation and University Engagement supported by the European Commission and involving the University of Adelaide, Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre and University Industry Innovation Network. It includes the creation of national reports (one business and one higher education perspective) for 26 European countries as well as countries from the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia. Together with the European study, GUEM is set to become the largest benchmarking initiative for University-Business Cooperation and University Engagement.

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Timeframe: 2016-2018

Partners: Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre and UIIN (own project)

Contact person: Balzhan Orazbayeva M.A., Arno Meerman B.A.

Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience in Higher Education (WEXHE)

WEXHE aims to support the development of work-based learning relating to HE internships/work placements, apprenticeships and entrepreneurship in European higher education institutions (HEIs). This will enhance the value of HE and support the transition of graduates into employment and career success.

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Funding body: Erasmus+ and European Commission

Timeframe: 2017-2019 (3 years)

Budget: 999,821.00 euros

Objectives: In WEXHE, associations and universities come together to identify and analyze current provision of work experience in higher education in 7 different European countries. WEXHE will generate 84 case studies of good WBL practice in 4 disciplinary areas (hard-pure, e.g. natural sciences; soft-pure, e.g. humanities; hard-applied, e.g. medicine and soft-applied, e.g. business,) covering 3 modes of delivery: internships, traineeships and entrepreneurship. Moreover, the project will create 12 replicable models for work-based learning and entrepreneurship. These models will cover and support the 4 study areas and will be tailored to national contexts. By means of that, WEXHE aims to find sustainable solutions to:

  • The shortcomings in the labour market orientation of higher education.
  • The imbalance between practical and theoretical learning in higher education.
  • The mismatches between skills sets of graduates and skills required during their early careers.

Partners: University of Groningen (leader), Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre, University of Warwick, University of Ljubljana, Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Polish Chamber of Commerce, Novatex (Cyprus), EURASHE, UIIN and ENQA.

Contact person: André Perusso, M.Sc.

Red regional para el fomento de la Internacionalización de la Educación Superior en América Latina (RIESAL)

RIESAL (Regional Network for the Promotion of the Internationalization of Higher Education in Latin America) In the last decade, internationalization has become an essential component of the strategy of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to fulfill its institutional mission. These changes have gradually reconfigured the processes followed by universities to cooperate internationally. In the case of Latin America, despite some progress, obstacles are identified that hinder a more coherent intervention at an international level. The project aims to contribute to improving the management culture for internationalization in HEs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Funding body: Co-funded by the European Commission, within the framework of the Erasmus + CBHE program

Timeframe: 2017-2019

Budget: 1 million euro

Objectives: To contribute to improving the management skills of HEIs in Latin America and the Caribbean to boost their internationalization processes and remodel their interventions in 4 dimensions in an integral way:

  • Strengthening institutional capacity
  • National Collaboration, 
  • Regional integration and cooperation with other regions, prioritizing cooperation relations with European institutions
  • Identification and implementation of good practices.

Partners: Universidad de Guadalajara, México (Lead), Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, (México), Universidad de la República (Uruguay), Universidad ORT (Uruguay), Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo (Uruguay), Universidade de Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (Brasil), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Associação Brasileira de Educação Internacional (Brasil), Fundación Universidad del Norte (Colombia), Universidad EAFIT (Colombia), Asociación Colombiana de Universidades, Universidad de La Habana (Cuba), Universidad de Pinar del Río (Cuba), Universidad de Alicante (España), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (Italia), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Bélgica), Instituto Internacional para la Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe, Red Latinoamericana y Caribeña de las Redes de Relaciones Internacionales de Instituciones de Educación Superior, Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional.

Contact person: Claudia Graciela Umanzor Zelaya, M.Sc.



The main goal of UniTransfer Executive Training Course was to enhance the capacities in knowledge and technology transfer of experts at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in Latin America helping them to improve and professionalize the functions they perform.

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Funding body: A DIES Project (in cooperation with the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service and HRK University Rectors' Conference)

Timeframe: 2012-2014

Budget: 173.650,48 euros

Objectives: With the aim to create mutual learning and capacity building, a successful partnering approach between a group of Higher Education Institutions has given birth to "UniTransfer Executive Training Course", an initiative supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Rectors' Conference of German Universities (HRK), aiming at improving the necessary skills from leaders in Knowledge and Technology Transfer positions by training them on executing effective knowledge transfer and developing effective cooperation through partnering strategies with different external stakeholders from HEIs in Mexico and Central America.

Partners: The project coordinator was the Science-to-Buisness Marketing Research Centre at Münster University of Applied Sciences. Partners were the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH) and the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR). The pilot phase of UniTransfer was led by MUAS with the support of two primary partners: TEC in Costa Rica and UAEH in Mexico. Further, there were other secondary partners that collaborated in the project: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany), Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico), Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico), Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica), Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica), Universidad Nacional a Distancia (Costa Rica), Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (Nicaragua)

Contact person: Dr. Sue Rossano Rivero


d-PoLiTaTE - Development of a training programme for leaders in Technology Transfer (Desarollo de Programa para Líderes en Transferencia Tecnológica)

The main topics of the project were to develop a program for research transfer managers throughout Latin America and the European units, to stimulate learning processes and to deepen mutual relations. This includes, above all, the analysis of the research transfer processes of the participating institutions and their specific experiences and knowledge of the regions. Proven strategies and activities should be documented and thus the training of specialists in research transfer should be supported. The findings and results of the projects have been documented in a joint publication in order to ensure the continuation and lasting impact of the project.

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Funding body: Co-funded by the European Commission and is embedded in the ALFA III program (América Latina - Formación Académica / Latin America - Academic Education)

Timeframe: 2011-2014

Budget: 155.924,26 euros


  • To create and establish an innovative network of European and Latin American universities
  • To improve the quality of higher education in Latin America.
  • To train young academics and professionals who can help solve the social, political and economic problems of the region.

Partners: Coordinating institution-Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany), Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (Mexico), Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru), Fundación Universidad Central (Colombia), Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), University of Barcelona (Spain)

Contact person: Dr. Sue Rossano Rivero

Le@d3.0 Academy

The main objective of the Led30 Academy was the creation of a knowledge alliance between Academy and Industry(A&I) to widespread the use of Web3.0/OER by trainers to develop those Soft e-Leadership skills(Se-Ls) that are required by the labour market in the Digital Age.

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Funding body: A Knowledge Alliances Project co-funded by the European Commission

Timeframe: 2014-2017

Budget: 971.729 euros

Objectives: Led30 has focused on trainers as changing agents and aimed at:

  • Identifying new Leaders' soft competencies needs (decision making, people mgmt., strategic vision, design, creativity, intra/entrepreneurship) and how to raise them using innovative methods
  • Undertaking a gap-analysis to identify the competencies trainers are lacking to effectively develop Web3.0/OER based learning programs and Se-Ls
  • Shaping, deploying and testing an open virtual environment & an educational tool kit for trainers enabling learning processes aimed at Se-Ls
  • Setting up a Community of Practice (CoP) of trainers to use Web3.0/OER in Soft e-skills education
  • Assuring that 7 EU countries would disseminate of project's outputs and results and will create an international Led30 Academy for Se-Ls devoted both to trainers of the academic and business world (primary target group) and to students/managers/entrepreneurs (secondary one).

Partners: ISTUD Foundation (Italy), Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Groupe Auchan (France), Coventry University (UK), EFMD (Belgium), Gruppo Pragma (Italy), OIC (Poland), ADVANCIS (Portugal), UniCredit (Italy)

Contact person: Dr. Sue Rossano Rivero, Balzhan Orazbayeva M.A.

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