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The 1st International Conference in Tbilisi 29-30th September, 2016

On 29-30 of September of 2016, the 1st International Conference organized by Ilia State University within the frames of Erasmus+ project on “Investing in Entrepreneurial Universities in Caucasus and Central Asia” (EUCAINVEST) took place in Tbilisi, Georgia where the partner organizations are participated. During the conference, the key note speech “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Context of Georgia” was given to Mr. Irakli Kashibadze, the Chairman of Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA). Furthermore, the speakers of the panel discussions about “Strengthening of Entrepreneurship for Better Future – Institutional Perspective” were Professor Bruce Wood, the Chair of Glasgow Caledonian University, David Chechelashvili, the Marketing & Business Development Specialist of Ilia State University and Bachana Khachidze, the CEO & Co-founder, Treepex Inc., Consultant of Caucasus University.

Moreover, the “Education Concepts for Entrepreneurship – The CreaLabs” was presented by Jacques Vilrokx (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Besides, the project partner organizations discussed about the events that have already organized and the upcoming events which will be organized. Also, the project partners visited the CreaLabs in Ilia State University and Tech Park Georgia. 




Workshop in Vilnius 22-26th August, 2016 

Within the project of Investing in Entrepreneurial Universities in Caucasus and Central Asia (EUCAINVEST) the selected participants from universities of Georgia and Kyrgyzstan will be participating in intensive training course which will be held in Vilnius 22-26th August, 2016.

Overall the training programme will consist of 5 days’ workshops for academic staff on how to use teaching and learning materials to enhance active learning and entrepreneurial skills. Series of pedagogic training sessions and other methods will be presented in order to introduce and incorporate new participatory teaching methods into the delivery of courses at GE and KG HEIs. This training session also entails the adaptation of all the teaching materials in selected programs at BA-MA level in order to bring them in line with the newly introduces updates in the teaching methods. 








Investing in Entrepreneurial Universities in Caucasus and Central Asia

On 17th -18th of March 2016 within the frame of Erasmus+ Project on Investing in Entrepreneurial Universities in Caucasus and Central Asia (EUCAINVEST- 2015-2018) funded by the European Union, the Kyrgyz Economic University hosted a kick-off meeting.

In conditions of very low youth labor force participation 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, lack of motivation and inactivity among the youth.

Large group of GE and KG 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.

The general objective of EUCA-INVEST is to enhance entrepreneurial culture and creativity within HE in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan and to strengthen the role of HEIs as an active stakeholder that contributes to the socio-economic development of society by fostering cooperation enterprise-university at both academic and industry level as well as between the EU and the beneficiary countries.

The project will achieve this by developing a creative and supportive environment at institutional level through the establishment of CreaLABs and a network of them in GE and KG. These networks will serve as platforms to encourage and foster students’ entrepreneurial ideas and at the same time support the bridge that links enterprise and universities for the benefit of innovation and socio-economic development in beneficiary countries.

At the kick-off meeting all the partners discussed initial steps of the project as how to develop curricula for the trainings of teachers, managers and students as well as how to settle a lab for students and how to turn ideas to real business. An international conference where first results will be presented will take place in Tbilisi in September 2016.    

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