KTU aimed at developing a sustainable relationship between universities and economy in Ukraine. The wider objective of this project was to strengthen the partner country universities (PCUs) in a way that will allow them to fulfill their central role as innovators in their national economies and to become a respected partner of the enterprises.
With the support of the EU partners from Austria, Hungary, Spain and Sweden, the PCUs established Knowledge Transfer Units and developed their capacities. This allowed them to attract enterprises by offering them specific services and technologies (e.g. rapid prototyping or eye-tracking technology). By working jointly on pilot projects, universities and enterprises developed direct and sustainable relationships that considerably contributed to the development of both universities and the national economy.
In second line, this project aimed at curriculum modernization using the inputs gained from the activities of the Knowledge Transfer Units and developing of new and modernized practice oriented interdisciplinary modules which were implemented during the project.
This project’s consortium gathered all relevant stakeholders from the partner countries (universities, companies, research bodies, ministry, student union) as well as a group of EU partners carrying considerable experience in the area of applied research, technology transfer and curricula modernization.
Although being heavily impacted by the political crisis which evolved during project lifetime in the Ukraine, all project outcomes have been delivered and target numbers (over-)fulfilled with the dedication, commitment and cooperation of Ukrainian and European partners.
P1 (Coordinator)- FH JOANNEUM, University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria
P2 - World University Service – Austrian Committee, Austria
P3 - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
P4 - Universitat de Girona, Spain
P5 - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
P6 - International Scientific and Technical University, Ukraine, Kiev
P7 - National Aerospace University, Ukraine, Kharkov
P8 - SIBUABNBU / UBDNBU Sevastopol Inst. of Banking of the National Bank of Ukraine, University of Banking of the National Bank of Ukraine, Ukraine; Sevastopol / Kiev
P9 - Khmelnitskiy National University, Ukraine
P10 - Kyiv State Maritime Academy, Ukraine
P11 - Dniprodzerzhinsk state technical university, Ukraine
P13 - Center of Innovative Engineering Technologies Ltd., Ukraine, Kharkov
P14 - Association of Small Enterprises of Ukraine, Ukraine, Kiev
P15 - Transcarpathian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ukraine, Uzhgorod
P16 - Ukrainian Institute for Scientific, Technical & Economic Info, Ukraine, Kiev
P17 - Dnipropetrovsk Aggregate Plant, Ukraine
P18 - Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ukraine
Project’s content and methodology
The project focused on all three areas of the university’s action portfolio – research, technology transfer and teaching, with an overall objective of developing the cooperation between the enterprises and the HEI and consequently improving the employability of the graduates in Ukraine. The project created interdisciplinarity between the areas of engineering and business administration, based on the installation and functioning of Knowledge Transfer Unites (KTUs) at each of the six PCUs which now serve as meeting point for companies, entrepreneurs and students.
The main milestones / main deliveries are:
6 KTU ESTABLISHED, STAFF AND EQUIPPED
KTU CAPACITIES DEVELOPED
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PORTFOLIO AND PLANS DEVELOPED FOR ALL KTUs
PILOT PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED AT 6 KTUs
INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULA DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED AT 6 UNIVERSITIES
QUALITY ASSURANCE CARRIED OUT
Results and activities
One overall strategy and 6 individual strategies for all Knowledge Transfer Units (KTU) elaborated based on experiences of the EU partners and existing services of the PCUs, evaluated and improved
Guest lecturing carried out by all 6 partner country universities
Tools and processes for further curriculum adaptation developed
Project disseminated at 82 events, in 23 articles/newsletters, 7 meetings with business representatives, 10 conference participations, 5 international events and 1 national TV broadcast etc. with 6,000 brochures, 5,600 service portfolios, 7 promotional videos for KTUs, website/social media, 1 interim and 1 final conference etc.
5 consortium meetings held, monitoring visits to 6 PCUs conducted, EACEA monitoring visit conducted, monthly online meetings held
7 Memoranda of Understanding with companies signed, KTU database established
Quality assurance plan set up and implemented including regular internal and external monitoring conducted (online, 6 internal and 1 external monitoring visits, 3 internal QA reports, 2 external evaluation reports