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INNOSEE
The InnoSee project will contribute to key competences development and harmonisation of common educational standards in the field of research-driven clusters (RDC). Such competences are not defined yet in the EU. Learning modules will be developed and tested as they will be based on the specific RDC needs and will provide the necessary skills and competencies for successful RDC planning and pilot implementation in six countries of Europe. The innovation and cluster promotion policies on national and EU level have been used as a policy framework for the proposal. Special attention has been given to the flagship initiatives of Europe 2020 strategy in the area of innovation, industrial policy and new skills for new jobs. Furthermore the project consortium has investigated the existing and previous EU-projects in the area of Cluster Training and the report for policy action of the European Cluster policy Group. It found out that a need for tailor made RDC training exists since research organizations have a major role in this type of cluster formation. The studies show that a major prerequisite for RDC success is the strong entrepreneurial and innovative culture of the researchers and skills workforce to help transforming the research results into new products and services. There is a need in IPR training, technology transfer, etc. Based on the feedback from project partner’s observations and studies as well as on the feedback from the universities, innovative SMEs and public authorities the partners have elaborated this project. The main innovating elements of the project are: Development of key competences and common educational standards for RDC training Development of e-based learning modules for RDC managers and staff based on the specific RDC needs Networking of RDC trainers A new area for vocational training advance that will offer a starting point for further transfer of practices in a specific VET field AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT The long-term objective of the InnoSee project is the enhancement of life-long learning, exploitation of the Competence framework and Curriculum on research-driven clusters training, better quality of research-driven clusters proposals submitted to authorities managing the EU funds, improved planning, implementation and coordination of related projects. The specific objectives achieved at the end of the project are: Created platform for harmonized and improved quality of education of research-driven clusters managers and staff. The trainings provided by different institutions offer uniform set of knowledge and skills. The concrete aims achieved during the project implementation encompass: Elaborated and harmonized content of individual modules within the Curriculum for training of research-driven clusters manager in languages of all participating countries. Documented teaching and training methodologies in Tool Kit for individual modules using best practise examples of all participating institutions. Pool of quality trainers in different topics, specialized on the various content and methodology of training modules. Courses are tested and included in portfolio of participating educational institutions in each participating country. Created quality brand mark for harmonised training and initiated European Association of Trainers of Research-driven Clusters IMPACT AND TARGET GROUPS OF THE PROJECT The overall impact of the project could be spelled out in several dimensions: Impact on the VET system. The impact on the VET system is probably the most important impact of the project. The innovative contents of the training as well as the pool of trainers that will be created for vocational training of managers and staff of research–driven clusters will enrich directly the VET system by distributing new knowledge to the identified clusters. The regional impact of the project is one of the most visible ones. The environment conductive for innovation in the participating European regions will be improved by the implementation of the project. In this way the project also contributes to the implementation of the important European goal of building the European regions of knowledge; The impact for the economy of the countries involved. In the contemporary European economic environment, both fast changing and truly competitive, the spread, development and growth of more European research-driven clusters will produce a bald step towards enhancing the level of innovativeness in the economies of the participating countries; The short term target groups are: People responsible for managing different phases of research-driven clusters processes Trainers and curriculum specialists providing education for the project managers mentioned above The first group consists of anyone involved in managing the research-driven clusters processes. They need to know which skills are essential for managing such clusters and to have an opportunity for development. The key competences and skills will be identified and structured in Competence Framework. The second target group includes managers, trainers in educational institutions providing training and education programmes in the field of research-driven clusters management. Currently, there is no baseline for designing these programmes. There are no standards and no guidelines to follow. However, the implementation of the project will build on the key skills and competencies framework and create relevant materials and will design the agenda of training. Overall the project will give the opportunity to the educational institutions to offer relevant and high quality trainings on managers and other personnel of the research-driven clusters.
 
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