CiE Gateway: Cooperation in Education Knowledge Gateway

The Erasmus+ cooperation partnership project "CiE Gateway: Cooperation in Education Gateway" is a forward-thinking European initiative. Our team of partners are passionate about improving and increasing cooperative education both spanning boundaries within universities and beyond to better prepare students and life-long learners for the dynamic and challenging world of work.

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The EU calls upon universities to expand their approaches to providing education, embracing closer interconnectivity and stronger engagement with external stakeholders. Multidisciplinary approaches are seen as crucial to addressing complex societal challenges and collaboration between educators within institutions across different faculties and disciplines.
However, universities currently face a number of challenges in this regard:
  1. Lack of expertise among academics in meaningful engagement with external stakeholders
  2. Lack of knowledge in multidisciplinary approaches to education and specifically engaging external partners
  3. Lack of understanding on how to design the curriculum and deliver industry-engaged learning interventions
The CiE Gateway projects aims to equip educators with practical tools, methodologies and case studies on novel and effective educational models that embrace multidisciplinary collaboration and external engagement.
Timeframe: 01.09.2023 - 28.02.2025
Budget: 250.000,00 €
Objectives:
  • identify and collect 32+ recent good practice examples of novel modes of external and internal collaboration in teaching & learning activities,
  • develop a comprehensive overview of methods and modes of embedding external stakeholders and multidisciplinary approaches into curriculum design and delivery, as well as compile a collection of tools and resources for educators, translated into an interactive Knowledge Gateway,
  • validate and user-test the developed resources among at least 60 educators though individual activities and a focus group discussions, and
  • promote and boost the impact of the developed resources though international showcased, podcast series, and broad dissemination activities.
Partners: FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, University Industry Innovation Network (Netherlands), Institut Mines Telecom Business School (France), Jyvaskylan Ammattikorkea Koulu (Finland - Lead)
Project Manager: Dominik Lappenküper

DigiFABS: Reponsible Dynamic Digital Change Agents for Food And Beverage SMEs

The Erasmus+ alliance for innovation "DigiFABS: Reponsible Dynamic Digital Change Agents for Food And Beverage SMEs" is a new collaboration to tackle digital transformation challenges in the Food and Beverage SME sector. Our team of partners from seven different countries across Europe are passionate about digital innovation and want to empower their regional, national and European ecosystem of SMEs by training students and SME employees to be responsible digital change agents.

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Facing rapid digitalisation in a more and more dynamic world, we are asked to adapt on an individual, organisational, and societal level. Therefore, it is not enough for businesses to have immediate changes but also to develop structural changes to respond to digitalisation on a long-term basis and create sustainable digital transformations.

In this regard, companies pronounce barriers hindering the adoption of new technologies. Among these are skill gaps in the local labour market, the inability to attract specialized talent, skill gaps in leadership, and an insufficient understanding of opportunities (World Economic Forum, 2020). Others point out that the digitalization process is too expensive for most of the small businesses which lack necessary resources and skills as well as suffer from a weakness of market power (Savastano et al., 2018). This leads to low digitalisation levels of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which lag behind emerging technology potential by more than 20% on average (European Commission, 2020). The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic, war in Ukraine and energy uncertainty has placed unprecedented and challenging stresses on food supply chains, with bottlenecks in labour, processing, transport and logistics, as well as momentous shifts in demand, all highlighting the need for integration of more digital technology - especially into the agrifood sector.
Timeframe: 01.02.2024 - 31.01.2027
Budget: 1.498.370,00 €
Objectives:
The main objective of the project is to develop a DigiFABS course programme for students, educators, and F&B SMEs to train skills needed as RDDCA to (a) sense new digital opportunities beyond already established best practices, (b) to seize these opportunities in the context of a specific company, and (c) to finally transform the opportunity by accompanying the change process.

Therefore, this project will research, conceptualise, develop, pilot, and optimize a holistic multidisciplinary RDDCA programme for the main stakeholders - STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, and SMEs.
  • An action learning SUMMER SCHOOL and CHALLENGE will be built for STUDENTS to acquire the skills of a RDDCA on a theoretical and practical level. The participants will be a group from the five consortium HEI regions and three different disciplines (business administration, engineering / IT, and nutrition-related areas), with an equal gender representation. The students will be introduced to the skill set as well as to technological and F&B sector insights to understand why it is necessary to learn and apply the RDDCA skills, what they entail, and how they can be learned. Following the intense joint international summer school, they are going back into their region to execute and further develop their skill set in a practical challenge in a F&B manufacturing SME. Therefore, students will work in transdisciplinary teams which are supervised by EDUCATORS who have been trained as facilitators.
  • Accompanying the students' programme, two BOOTCAMPS will be piloted - one for EDUCATORS and one for F&B SMEs. These short and intensive international bootcamps shall give both stakeholder groups the possibility to be introduced to the RDDCA concept and technological and F&B sector insights. Following the general introduction, educators and SMEs will be given access to specific workshop sessions in which educators will be trained to facilitate a RDDCA challenge in their region and SMEs will be prepared for the participation in the RDDCA challenge or similar internal digital change processes.
As such, we would like to address the following GENERAL OBJECTIVES in line with the given key goals of the call:
  • We want to raise awareness for the key skill set needed for a successful and sustainable digital change process in students as well as academia and businesses.
  • We want to foster research on and contribute to the relevance and improved understanding of digital skills as well as green skills supporting the innovativeness, resilience, and sustainability of the regional and European economy.
  • We would like to develop a new, innovative, and multidisciplinary teaching and learning method which introduces a unique, effective, and efficient training system based on entrepreneurial and engaged universities, problem-based learning with real problems, and action learning.
  • We want to establish a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mindset not only in students as future RDDCAs and through connecting educators to facilitate and educate RDDCAs, but also build a sectoral European hub which brings together academia and business to network, collaborate, co-create, and share knowledge and guarantees sustainability beyond the project's lifetime.
Partners: FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Steinfurt, Consorci de la Ribera, Sichting Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University Industry Innovation Network, Slovenska Polnohospodarska Univerzita v Nitre, Uniwersytet Szczecinski, Stowarzyszenie Wspierania Techniki Polskiej, Bia Innovator Campus, Momentum Marketing Services, Preneurz, New EDU, ECECT European Centre for Emerging Competencies and Technologies
Project manager: Judith Helmer and Dominik Lappenküper

WE.Lead - Women Entrepreneurs Empowered to Lead

The BMBF-funded FH-Kooperativ project "WE.Lead - Women Empowered to Lead" is a forward-thinking German initiative. Our team of partners are passionate about increasing the number of women in leadership positions and supporting women entrepreneurs in launching and expanding their ventures.

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The low representation of women in entrepreneurship and leadership in the German economy sets the stage for WE.Lead, a project dedicated to addressing this issue.

More than 50 per cent of university graduates in Germany are women. In fact, since 2012, there have been more female graduates in business administration than their male counterparts. However, despite these achievements, the proportion of women in leadership positions within the business sector remains significantly lower. As of 2022, only 5.6 per cent of German companies had a female CEO, and a mere 20 per cent of start-ups were initiated by women (Female Founders Report, 2022). Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has further widened the gender imbalance. Against this backdrop, WE.Lead aims to harness more inclusive narratives at the organisational and ecosystem levels to increase the number of women in leadership positions and support women entrepreneurs in launching and expanding their ventures. Our ambition is to inspire entrepreneurial thinking and acting in women and equip them with the tools needed to increase their impact through leadership and entrepreneurship.

Timeframe: 01.02.2023 - 31.01.2026

Budget: 338.017,46 €

Objectives:

  • Encourage and support women to innovate within organisations
  • Make the entrepreneurial ecosystem more inclusive for women
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in different contexts
  • Inspire entrepreneurial thinking and acting in women

Partners: FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, WEICON GmbH&Co.KG, noventum GmbH, Bernd Münstermann GmbH&Co. KG, P&M Cosmetics GmbH&Co.KG, LECO-Werke Lechtreck GmbH & Co.KG

Project manager: Iulia Stroila

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SUNRISE LAB

The BMBF-funded joint project "SUNRISE LAB - Nachhaltige Hochschullandschaft Münster" aims to explore how universities can play a role in promoting sustainability and contribute to the transformation of Münster and its surrounding areas. This project brings together the three major universities in Münster - FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, University of Münster, and katho Münster - to investigate ways to make themselves and the city more sustainable.

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To achieve this goal, the project will establish at least five living labs at the respective universities, which will serve as a platform for initiating and testing project ideas with the involvement of stakeholders and citizens. Living labs are understood as a means of implementing project ideas under controlled and influenceable conditions with scientific support and reflecting on these processes during the process.

The living labs will involve different actors such as scientists, non-scientific employees of the universities, students, and society to jointly produce practically applicable knowledge that can be applied more broadly to institutions such as the university or broader social contexts. The SUNrise Lab, located at the FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, will address the question of how living labs in general can succeed in universities as drivers of transformation. The other living labs, located at all three universities, will deal with specific problems of the transformation to a sustainable university and test how new practices and knowledge can influence individual areas of the university and urban society. Scientifically accompanied reflection processes will be used to inform the knowledge process of the superordinate living lab.

Timeframe: 01.11.2022 - 31.10.2025

Budget: 1.240.214,86 €

Objectives:

  • Identify and exploit the potential of living labs as transformation drivers
  • Develop a comprehensive sustainability strategy at the institutional level
  • Integrate sustainability through a participatory and "whole institution approach."
  • Anchor sustainability in society
  • Share the findings with other universities as a blueprint for success

Partners: FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, University of Münster, and katho Münster

Project manager: Iulia Stroila

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WeRin

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 €

Objectives:

  • 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.

Partners:

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)

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xRegions

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

Objectives:

  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.

Partners:
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

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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 €

Objectives:

  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

 

Partners:

  • 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

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NatAlli - Fostering the Renascence of Societies through Lifelong Learning Mentoring Programmes and Allies

NatAlli aims to develop a mentoring programme to train and accompany highly educated Ukrainian women in their journeys to act as entrepreneurs or as intrapreneurs in established organisations to be agents of the regeneration of their economies and societies. The project also seeks to establish an online community of women who can support and learn from each other, to foster intergenerational learning and knowledge transfer between women at different stages of their careers.

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The mentoring programme as a project result will facilitate the development of the next generation of women entrepreneurs and innovators fully capable of influencing and contributing to the regeneration process of their economies and societies during and after a crisis, such as war in Ukraine. An innovative digital ecosystem, as one of the project's main outputs, offers opportunities for HEIs in Ukraine and European Union to exchange knowledge and widen the range of learners.

Timeframe: 01.11.2023 - 30.14.2026 (30 months)

Budget: 400 000,00 €

Objectives:

  • (1) A "Strategic Foresight" to inform the design and development of a mentoring programme.
  • (2) Design, development and delivery of "NatAlli Mentoring Programme.
  • (3) "NatAlli Platform"
  • (4) "NatAlli Bootcamp"
  • (5) "NatAlli Sustainability Blueprint and Promotion" to highlight points of adaptation and standardisation of such approaches that can be used in times of crisis or post-crisis.

Partners: FH Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany) - Lead partner, Momentum Consulting (Ireland), University of Münster (Germany), University Industry Innovation Network (The Netherlands), Impact Hub Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Charitable Organization International Charitable Fund Impact Hub Odessa (Ukraine), International European University (Ukraine).

Project manager: Nelli Scharapow

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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

Objectives: 

  • (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

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eWBL

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€

Objectives:

  • 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

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DigiTransformEdu

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

Objectives

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).

Partners

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

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Hot Topics Explained

The project develops a new course concept to teach critical thinking and digital literacy to Bachelor students. During the project duration, the course is piloted and iteratively improved upon twice.

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The course empowers students to question science, evaluate arguments, and articulate knowledge critically. It is split into three parts: 1) Introductory Lectures, 2) Podcast Production, and 3) Debates. The introductory lectures span the topics of Digital Competence, Source Reliability, Debate Basics, Podcast Production, and Scientific Know-How. Students then create a podcast on a pre-defined topic. One aspect of that topic is then debated upon by two student groups.

Our approach challenges the status quo by: (1) Enhancing digital competencies, (2) Bridging disciplinary gaps, (3) Focusing on auditory skills, (4) Promoting critical thinking and communication, and (5) Providing guidelines for scientific communication.

Our innovative course tackles society's pressing questions about digital conspiracy theories. Students develop critical competencies and learn to combat such theories. By creating podcasts collaboratively, FH establishes itself as a reliable institution for science communication.

Funding body: FH Münster Wandelfonds

Timeframe: 01.05.2022 - 30.04.2024

Budget: 43.087,10 €

Objectives:

Students develop critical competencies and learn to identify fake news.

By creating podcasts collaboratively, students both acquire teamwork skills as well as experience the creation process of a timely marketing and communication channel.

The course can be offered across faculties and published on the same platform, enabling wider participation and collaboration.

Manager: Dominik Lappenküper

ENHANCER

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 € )

Objectives:

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.

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REGENU - ReGenerate Strategies for Higher Education Institutions

In response to the pressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution challenges, the three-year Erasmus+ Forward Thinking consortium aims to support higher education institutions (HEIs) in adapting their education and training systems for the green transition. The project will address Europe's recognised need to transit to more sustainable activities by (1) supporting HEIs in talent development and serving as a platform provider for the university-business-government networks development and research-driven solutions for complex societal issues; (2) developing a programme to accelerate the development of regenerative green solutions and entrepreneurial projects; (3) generating policy recommendations for a more socially just, ecologically restorative, and economically viable future for Europe.

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The European Green Deal emphasizes the need for transitioning from an extractive economy to a cleaner and regenerative green economy. However, recent EU studies showed that only 24% of higher education institutions (HEIs) incorporate greening knowledge into their policies (European University Association, 2021), highlighting HEIs' need for action as society's major powerhouse of knowledge, innovation and talent development.

To address this gap, this project aims to support EU's transition to regenerative economies by facilitating the HEI sector in developing the necessary talent and serving as a platform for developing university-business-government networks and research-driven solutions for complex societal issues.

In three years' time, the project will generate a State of the Art on Regenerative Economy, a Training Program and Toolkit, an Innovation Challenge, and Mentorship Program, and an International Competition. The project will also result in Policy Recommendations that will be disseminated through a Policy Impact Event throughout Europe.

Funding body: Erasmus+ Programme (ERASMUS), European Commission

Timeframe: 02.2023-01.2026 (36 Months)

Budget: 804.704,00 € (FH Münster: 101.359,00 €)

Objectives:

  1. To clarify, design and trial the role of the higher education institutes in transitioning the EU society from an extractive to a regenerative economy;
  2. To equip and empower changemakers with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes on the regenerative economy; and
  3. To think globally to impact local environments by developing solutions with regenerative business models.

Partners:

  • 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)

Manager: Choiwai Maggie Chak (Project Lead), Luciana Gualdi (Lead Partner Project Manager).

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Digital Citizen Science: Network, transfOrm, groW

The Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnership project "Digital Citizen Science: Network, transfOrm, groW" (for short "Citizen Science NOW") will investigate how to establish and strengthen local sustainable Citizen Science networks, and equip citizens with essential competencies needed for their effective participation in Citizen Science. 

More about Digital Citizen Science

In response to the call for Responsible Research and Innovation and valorisation as higher education institutes' (HEIs) Third Mission, citizen science (CS) is a promising approach of knowledge co-production that enhances social inclusion, civic engagement and democracy in the EU regions, as well as promoting effectiveness of solving complex and ambiguous societal challenges; fostering active citizenship and ownership; and advancing societal progress in democratic societies (Bonn et al., 2016; Vohland et al., 2021). However, CS faces the challenges of attracting, training, and maintaining a stable pool of citizen scientists at the local and regional levels in the German, Dutch and Spanish contexts due to lacking sustainable CS networks to support regional/local CS development; and lacking access to and awareness of CS offers due to significant silos between HEIs, citizens, adult- and higher educators. Thus, the project aims to raise awareness and capacity of practicing CS and make CS more accessible to citizen regional adult educators and present high-quality learning offers that equip adult citizens to actively engaging in/ initiate CS projects and validate their learnings via practical projects.

Timeframe: February 2022 - November 2023

Budget: 199.670,00 Euros

Objectives:

Targeting adult citizens, local adult- and higher educators, the overall objectives of this project are:  

  1. NETWORK: To establish local CS communities and bring synergies between adult educators (e.g., local learning centres, vocational trainers, libraries, civil society, NGOs, local authorities, etc.), citizens, and higher education institutes to promote CS training and education; 
  2. TRANSFORM: To digitalise and transform CS training and education for adult citizens through co-development of CS training with local stakeholders; 
  3. GROW: To empower adult citizens with the essential competence, skills, tools, and resources for actively engaging in CS projects; and offer opportunities to work on real-life challenges based on the skills learnt from our training programs. 

Partners: Science to Business Marketing Research Center (S2BMRC) of Münster University of Applied Sciences, ACEEU (Germany), BESPOKE (Denmark), University of Twente (the Netherlands) and University of Barcelona (Spain)

Manager: Hacer Tercanli

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Co-Creation Aid Kit 4.0 (CoCreAid)

Social challenges can be overcome jointly through co-creation projects between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and NGOs. Indeed, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic destabilises already ongoing co-creation projects and creates barriers between HEIs and the rest of society. Thus, the CoCreAid project aims to overcome these barriers by generating an "easy-to-use" graphical user interface (GUI) with digital co-creation methods to enable the implementation and development of high-quality collaboration projects between HEIs and NGOs.

More about Co-Creation Aid Kit 4.0 (CoCreAid)

The project will focus on collaboration projects between HEIs and NGOs, which work with citizens from rural areas to address their needs and improve their quality of life. Co-creation projects between NGOs and HEIs are significant as the pandemic has brought new social challenges. Through successful co-creation projects, these social challenges can be addressed and overcome. Even before the pandemic, it was difficult for interest groups from rural regions to cooperate with HEIs, and the pandemic situation has now worsened this situation. We are creating opportunities to overcome these barriers with our CoCreAid Kit 4.0 and generating possibilities to involve citizens from rural regions in cooperation projects even after the pandemic.

Timeframe: 01.02.2022-01.08.2024 (30 months)

Budget: 288.015,00 Euro

Objectives: The project aims to generate an "easy-to-use" graphical user interface (GUI) with digital co-creation methods for collaboration projects between Higher Education Institutions and NGOs which work with citizens from rural areas.

Partners

  • EGE University (EGEU), (Turkey)
  • Szczecinski University (SU), (Poland)
  • European E-learning Institute (EUEI), (Denmark)
  • Meridaunia Scarl (MS), (Italy)

Manager: Katrin Uude

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