Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg


Current Situation

Entrepreneurship is recognised as an important issue by the governments of GE and KG. However, entrepreneurial education traditionally has been more accepted by business and private universities than public universities. At the same time, projects targeting entrepreneurship at universities are scarce in GE and KG. Most of the Tempus projects and other initiatives have been focused primary on knowledge-based triangles and commercialization of research or high-tech results, completely missing innovation in curricula and attention to students.

For example, the education system of the Kyrgyz Republic undergoes reforms at all levels in HE. The Ministry of Education and Science of KG in the "Strategy for the Development of Education in the Kyrgyz Republic 2012-2020” defines as main criteria to prepare graduates who can adequately meet the challenges and have competence required for the economic, socio-cultural and political needs of the country. Also this strategy plans to integrate Higher Education and science through creation of educational and scientific laboratories in universities, research centers, and industrial parks. These reforms include such aspects as optimization of higher education and the modernization of the content of curricula. However, today HEIs of Kyrgyz Republic do not prepare competent graduates who could meet the requirements of the labor market. It is connected with the situation that educational process of students is carried out based on outdated curricula and theoretical teaching materials, moreover HEIs has weak interrelation with labor market and lack of practical training.

In Georgia, HEIs and public research institutions in Georgia are facing a rather slow implementation of research and innovation ideas in practice, especially high technologies, which eventually affects the competitiveness of both universities and the industry. While there might be some individual efforts from researchers and institutions themselves to influence the decision promoting commercialization of ideas, a lack of systemic approach to support dissemination of innovations at the national level is missing. This results in insufficient integration and communication between companies and universities, ultimately leading to a low level of commercialization of research and innovations ideas. Therefore, introducing CreaLABs as mechanisms to foster creativity and social and open innovation in Georgian universities and reinforcing existing ones with required skills and competences that aims at fostering linkages between academia and enterprises is necessary to facilitate the transfer of existing ideas into innovative products. 

Furthermore, in conditions of very low youth labor force participation (LFP) and unappealing perspectives in employment upon graduation, universities lack capacity to equip their students with entrepreneurial skills. Lack of internships and other professional training opportunities during studies, among others, lead to discouragement, demotivation and inactivity among the youth. Large group of Georgian youth is losing their potential to put their creative ideas into product and create self-employment. Therefore, there is a need for more formal and non-formal education activities aimed at strengthening entrepreneurial capacity of students and graduates. These activities are often unavailable or inaccessible in Georgia due to the lack of competences and relevant experience within universities. Systemic approach in incorporating entrepreneurship modules within study programs at Georgian universities will have positive impact on the above mentioned issues, however, qualified and trained professors ready to introduce innovative methods of teaching into their curricula are also necessary. Another aspect is lack of guidance and mentoring which can be seen as a problem as it contributes to decreased involvement of youth in economic activities. Guidance and trainings are essential for already graduated students as well in order to help them fully make use of their potential and knowledge received during their studies.

Within this context, the aim of optimization of HEIs are reform of HE system, adaptation it to the new economic environment and increasing the efficient use of material and human resources of universities. The universities should review their own training process  of graduates so that they can provide well formed and competent graduates who will be contribute actively to the development of the national economy.

This project thus is concrete response to these attemps of reform. It aims to develop a co-creative and supportive environments in partner HEIS through the establishment of creative LABS  which will encourage students’ entrepreneurial spirit on the one hand and at the same time support social innovation in collaboration between companies and universities. The core idea is to provoke (stimulate, motivate) students and young researchers to actively use their intellectual potential to generate innovative ideas with the necessary infrastructure and technical and human support. Through EUCA-INVEST they will get the opportunity to develop and commercialize these ideas by two routes – entrepreneurial (pursuing and getting funded their own creative ideas) or collaborative (working on problems submitted by existing companies). During this process student teams will have the opportunity to be mentored, guided and advised by company and industry representatives and university staff. Likewise, HEIs and enterprises will have the opportunity to work closely together to create joint ventures and initiatives. An important aspect of this proposal is the emphasis on social innovation, that is, to promote new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations between key stakeholders In the project. Thus, this project encourages innovation with a social purpose.

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