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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

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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