Collaboration structure

An innovative structure of university-business cooperation will be established among the project universities and representatives from the labor market.

Each partner university will be responsible for establishing a Local Hub. It consists on cooperation between a university, students and representatives of the labor market. The Local Hub will provide high quality and frequent entrepreneurial activities in order to reinforce the collaboration (workshops, presentation, guest lectures, creative tasks and challenges for students, entrepreneurial tasks and specific skill development trainings, part time placements)

The aim is to discuss the relevance of education and suggest solutions on how to improve it. The coordinating university will also cooperate with:

  • Local authorities: it is expected that close contacts with the local authorities, will be established and they will inform the rest of the consortium about the feedback received, activities carried out and conclusions made. This information will also be part of the policy recommendations.

  • Staff exchanges between businesses and universities: there will be several mobility activities where representatives of companies will deliver lectures and workshops, where they will share their experience. Academic staff will also be invited to attend partner companies to acquire practical experience abroad.

Within local hubs, an action plan will be set up and it will work on the sustainability planning of the project, including findings ways to attract sponsors or additional funding. A data base with all the partners (enterprises, organization…) who are active among local hubs (toward the offer of part time placements for local and international students) will be maintained by EUF-CE as well as promote by other network universities. The selection procedure of part time placements will have guidelines for host organizations so they can ensure the general principles are upheld equally.

The University of Alcalà is the leader of this intellectual output. They will supervise, provide knowledge, transfer and monitor the collaboration structure by collecting feedback from students, academics, and professionals of each Local Hubs.

This innovative structure will promote close, targeted and mutually beneficial collaboration between universities and business, and it is based on a win-win approach.

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