Aims and objectives

 Following the situation described above, the general aim of the project is to enhance business-HEI cooperation in consortium countries by changing the paradigm of education in line with Bologna process requirements. Improvement of such cooperation would result in gradual effectiveness increase of national development strategy, priority fulfillment, as well as change the graduate entrepreneurship and employment situation.
The starting point of the project should be an investigation and identification of current professional structure required by modern employers in partner countries. It would give a picture of the demanded cooperation structure and level from the side of the business environment, which will be taken into account upon construction. The second part would be gap location between partner countries and EU experience of business-HEI cooperation systems application. This research will create an understanding of problem areas in legislation, education and entrepreneurship standards and become a part of foundation for their further correction or implication. After defining the current business-HEI cooperation experience and demands of the business environment, the project aims at composing and introducing the new standard of constructing an executable framework of establishing links between companies and universities, whether it is for launching an innovative products, or purposeful future staff training, or sharing experience with young entrepreneurs. It is also expected that such standart would also implement some practical-oriented teaching capacities, tools and methods in the form that would be suitable to implement into the study process. It is considered that this complex system of case methods, simulations, blended courses, participation in business projects, flexible learning paths, practical placements and training will be worked out in the process of wide discussion among HEI, state regulators and employers.
Therefore, this system will be standardized in terms of methodology and will allow the HEI to directly apply it for further fulfilling the state development strategy and priorities, thus removing the problem of mismatching practices of cooperating with business in different universities. This part would also act as a basis for working out recommendations for corrections in state regulations governing the areas of businesses taking part in curiculla changes, application of practice and active methods, and direct joint university-business projects. The latter will be aimed at the Ministries of Education in partner countries, and upon acceptance and incorporation would create grounds for further cooperation between business and academic environments. Additionally the complete methodological guideline will be created in order to ease the process of application of the system by different HEI outside the project consortium. This and other events will ensure the spread of project outcomes throughout the partner countries educational environment. Another step for project result dissemination will be the teaching staff retraining to aid in constructing the cooperation systems in HEI and act as motivated force for future development of the system. It is expected, that in turn, these lecturers will educate their colleagues, which will consequently have further multiplier effect.

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