HEI INNOVATE

The HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education has been designed with the aim of increasing the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity in higher education, bringing together HEIs in innovation value chains and ecosystems across Europe. HEIs are encouraged to prepare proposals which will support the development and implementation of six Actions in their institutions, cumulatively leading to transformation and an increase in entrepreneurial and innovation capacity.

The scope of the HEI Initiative is broad. It aims to address the need for HEI transformation and the role of HEIs in boosting sustainable economic growth and competitiveness by reinforcing the innovation capacity of Member States. More specifically, the HEI Initiative aims to encourage HEIs to look at their own practices and the opportunities for increasing their impact in their ecosystem, and it provides support to HEIs to develop and undertake concrete Actions which are specifically tailored to achieve such enhanced impact.

DOMAIN 1 – FOSTERING INSTITUTIONAL ENGAGEMENT AND CHANGE

  • Secure and maintain institutional engagement for the implementation of the IVAP, including departments and other units of HEI(s) as well as the leadership of HEI(s)
  • Enhance the scale and scope of student engagement activities, including improving student support offices to advise on entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Infrastructure development (incl. digital infrastructure)
  • Develop inter- and multi-disciplinary support structures, testbeds and other structures to foster innovation
  • Set up or improve organisational units and/or entities, such as technology transfer offices, to develop collaborations for technology transfer
 

DOMAIN 2 – STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS (KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE INTEGRATION)

  • Establish new collaborations and enhance the nature, content and types of collaborations with external partners, including businesses, research organisations, governmental bodies, NGOs and other societal partners
  • Exchange good practices through enhanced networking and mutual learning
  • Collaborate with the EIT KICs, e.g. through peer-to-peer collaboration
 

DOMAIN 3 - CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPING INNOVATIONS AND BUSINESSES

  • Develop structures and conditions for people to create or develop their businesses and start-ups
  • Create structures and conditions for innovation-driven research
  • Utilise testbeds and other types of platforms
 

DOMAIN 4 – ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION

  • Develop or improve innovation and entrepreneurial curricula
  • Assessment of teaching and learning practices
  • Develop innovation and entrepreneurial training programmes and mentoring schemes for staff and students
  • Organise internships in businesses
ETHICO
There is an urgent need for 21st century education to be able to address the complex problems of the climate crisis and questions of technological development (Anthropocene). A radical new approach is required, and we believe that teaching Ethics and Ecology in Technological Education will provide students with the right set of skills and competences to tackle the problems of climate change through sustainable technological development.

Ethics in this context needs to be understood as a form of praxis, an individual practice which has collective implications, the ethical relation to the other has now come to the fore through as a worldwide pandemic of COVID19. The reaction to COVID-19 has demonstrated when there is an urgency, a public health emergency, the individual can see beyond their own needs and can act locally and globally at the same time. It is the sum of micro-decisions which when brought together have global impact. The question that Greta Thunberg poses is ‘how dare you’ not react requires that the academic community does by ensuring that the question ethics and ecology are embedded within all programmes of Higher Education. In order to do so staff and students need to understand that the the ecological questions and the ethical question are one and the same, that there is a profound overlap between ethos and ecology.

Our objective is to design innovative, ethico-ecological education methods which are transferable to different disciplines in the Technological University, from Arts, Humanities and Social Science to design to Engineering and the Environmental sciences. This is accompanied by the development of an expanded understanding of technology, technology not simply as an application of science but techne as the mode through which we become human. In the long term, our objective is to transform technical or technological education to make it more sustainable for the individual and for society.
LUDEIA
Ludeiai is based on a observation: curricula in higher education are becoming less and less linear, due to the continuous increase in international mobility, new audiences that need to be integrated and the recognition of non-formal learning. Today, universities’ information systems are struggling to manage this complexity in terms of information exchange.

Ludeia aims to buid the foundations of a standard of “universal description” of academic and education information. Rather than a unified global information system, we will be experimenting the construction of a "pre-standard", allowing current local information systems (IS) secure and encrypted data exchanges thanks to standardization of data formats and the implementation of inter-IS connector devices. As a result, the local ISs will communicate via a micro-service library in interconnection. This decentralised system allows the metamodelling of curricula (by data ingestion) and thus offers great technical flexibility allowing strong support for diversity and pedagogical evolutions. In this way, information systems will be able to interoperate in a fluid manner with connector networks that ensure redundancy of information in real time.

The European student card will be usefully used as an identifier, providing students access to their own information (results, courses, etc.) and to academic information from other universities (teaching guide, etc.), from anywhere. When necessary, he will also be able to give controlled access to his information (departure or return from inter-university mobility, the internship company or future recruiter).This open and decentralized system will allow any other institution to participate in these exchanges, simply by implementing the necessary connectors.

This exploratory project is carried out by the eight partners of the "European University of Technology - EUt+" Alliance. They anticipate the development of their common decentralised infrastructure, mainly to support the numerous student mobility within the Alliance.This project will demonstrate how to offer efficient services quickly, based on current information systems, thanks to a common standard, that does not require a common platform or any kind of centralisation.