2016 – 2013
IDEATE HighTech – Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Application for Transforming Education in High Technologies
The project aims at developing entrepreneurial behavior with both staff and students in selected high-tech subject domains of higher education through the use of innovative teaching methods, which encourage university-business cooperation as well as knowledge sharing across national boundaries and subject domains.
Trans-national and multidisciplinary collaboration is needed to ultimately enhance employability especially in the crisis-stricken geographical areas and disciplinary sectors of Europe. Thus the IDEATE project proposes a research-based co-design and delivery of a European educational joint module of study, closely interconnected with real-life entrepreneurship. Acting as a platform for interdisciplinary co-operation among four (then eight) disciplines on master’s level, the course will be co-delivered together with industry partners in form of a business competition programme. The product shall be tested in two academic cycles, within a controlled expansion of the disciplinary realm, involving further disciplines and businesses, reached through wide dissemination and target-exploited involvement of further relevant stakeholders.
Students of different disciplines will operate as scientific-cum-creative teams within selected modules, responding to a task set by a real-life employer. After focused teacher training in novel entrepreneurial pedagogical approaches, mentored student teams blend four different cultural and professional backgrounds: Arts&Media, ICT, Health&Biosciences and Business. ‘Mini’ teams co-develop innovative entrepreneurial responses to an employer-defined problem within a blended international setting to present their application outlines to a mixed board of specialists at the first live event. Upon winner selection, a ‘super team’ of all involved collaborators develops the selected concept online towards actual real-life relevance, to finalize it within the second full-week meeting, when a company or NGO might actually get established.
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.
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