WP4 - Comparing and developing Curricula and Education on open innovation
Start date: Month 4                End date: Month 27

The WP 4 focuses on the comparing the Open innovation curricula and education in Europe and developing the content. The main objective of WP4 is to raise the awareness among the European Universities about the importance of Open innovation as a subject to be integrated into the curriculum in all study programmes, at different levels – bachelor, master, Ph.D.

 
 

Partners directly involved (all partners contributing)

WP Leader:  P39 - University of Transilvania - contact Simona Lache
WP Support: P38 - INESC Porto, University of Porto - contact Joao Jose Pinto Ferreira
P02 - Wifi - Vienna Chamber of commerce, WIFI Unternehmerservice WKO
P03 - FH Wien
P05 - MAC-Team aisbl
P11 - University of Economics, Prague
P16 - Actif-Europe
P26 - Politecnico di Milano
P30 - Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
P31 - University of Malta
P36 - Technology Partners
P40 - University of Novi Sad
P42 - Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
P48 - Middle East Technical University
P49 - ISPIM
P50 - University of Exeter

Overview
Following the European major objectives and taking into considerations the current realities, Open innovation may represent one of the solutions for growth on our continent. However, there are still many study programmes not including at all this subject, for various reasons: lack of qualified teaching staff, underestimation of its importance. In order to improve this aspect of utmost importance in Europe nowadays, the WP 4 focuses on the comparing the Open innovation curricula and education in Europe and developing the content. The core members of the present work package integrate the contribution of the participants, their experience, expertise, and background knowledge on Open innovation and Innovation Management and Global Innovation Management curricula from all partnering countries.

Objectives
The main objective of WP4 is to raise the awareness among the European Universities about the importance of Open innovation as a subject to be integrated into the curriculum in all study programmes, at different levels – bachelor, master, Ph.D. The most important expected result consists in better trained, more innovative graduates, ready to transfer their ideas for the benefit of the companies they are working for, their own benefit and, ultimately, producing high added value for the society, in general. Of course, this is possible by promoting the best practice on Open innovation in higher education institution all over Europe. Therefore, WP4 is in charge of analyzing, comparing and developing the Open innovation curricula and education in Europe, which is divided into two major tasks: (1) to collect and analyze the compendium on existing curricula on innovation, OI, and Global Innovation Management (GIM) in Europe and to define the role of implementing the multi-disciplinary approach to OI in higher education. The efficiency of these actions depends on the established, cooperative and coordinated network of partners, with high level of commitment between members. The role of WP4 is also to sustain this network and facilitate the knowledge and curricula exchange between the HE organizations providing the curricula on OI. The other task, is (2) to develop the indicators and progress markers for OI curricula in HE in Europe.

Key Tasks

  • T4.1. Compendium on existing curricula in Europe on Innovation, Open innovation and Global Innovation Management
  • T4.2 Role and deployment of multi-disciplinary approach in Open innovation and in HET4.3 Indicators and progress markers for Open innovation in HE (to be connected with outcome Mapping process which will be extended from the OI-Net project context to the HE to further support the position of HE and HEI's – via the WP 7 and 8).

All these tasks will be conducted bearing in mind a policy-oriented perspective, aimed at delivering recommendations to policy-makers on how to support open innovation in HE and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of this approach.

Deliverables

Policy recommendations on mechanisms to foster open innovation education and more precisely, university/higher education and firm co-operation to maximize value creation (re-used in WP8).