Structural Instruments for Research and Development

Research and Development is the key to innovation and the basis for growth and progress in every country. Excellence in research performance requires rapid adaptation to technological and environmental changes leading to a stronger demand for cross-border and inter-institutional research cooperation. In view of this the European Union aims to create a European Research Area (ERA) and an Innovation Union in order to contribute to a concerted and more efficient approach to Research, Development and Innovation in Europe. WUS Austria supports national/regional research and innovation structures by putting a strong emphasis on R&D in the context of Higher Education. We understand research, education and innovation (knowledge triangle) as three central and strongly interdependent drivers of a knowledge-based society. We therefore support the staff and management of universities in order to develop their own R&D strategies and structure, to position themselves at European and international levels, and to better link their activities with the needs of society and industry.

 

Creating R&D Capacities and Instruments for boosting Higher Education - Economy Cooperations

The main goal of the project is to establish R&D Services Centres and to develop R&D strategies, services and instruments at four SEE universities. The first activity comprises an analytical assessment of the current situation and the development state of R&D strategies at the universities. Building on the assessment results, a clear strategy that addresses the particular needs of each university should be formulated. These project steps are followed by the setting up of a R&D Service Centre and identification of its services and instruments. The elaborated measures aim at addressing all university relevant needs and problems in regard to R&D by commencing a change process on one side and creating further R&D capacities on the other side, in order to enable the universities to fulfil their central role in the national R&D systems and thus in the local, regional and national development of their countries.

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CIRCE - MakFoods

The overall aim of the project is to establish a network of food processing SMEs from Styria and from Macedonia in order to increase international competitiveness and innovativeness of both Styrian and Macedonian food industry. This network should enable Styrian and Macedonian to share experiences and technologies, develop new products and meet the challenges of the global market. Activities will be grouped into categories of network establishment and achievement of additional value chain covering various fields of food processing such as health/ functional food, packaging, quality assurance, upgrading etc.

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Knowledge Transfer for the Establishment of a Business Start-Up Center at the University of Tuzla

The present project supports the establishment of a Business Start-up Centre at the University Tuzla in BH. The general objective of the project is to prepare students and university graduates from the region for entrepreneurship and to promote entrepreneurial issues at the university. The Business Start-up Centre is designed to develop and transfer knowledge about the enterprise process and to encourage students and university graduates to examine entrepreneurship as a viable career option. The focus of the new enterprises should be innovation and sustainability.

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Construction of a new Medical Preclinic Campus in Banja Luka, Phase I, concept

The aim of this project is to provide the institutes of the Faculty of Medicine in Banja Luka with an optimum infrastructure for its current requirements and for its future developments. Integration of the Center for Medical Research into the campus will also upgrade the range of university activities by offering national and international industrial companies, small and midsize businesses, spin-offs and R&D-oriented institutions the possibility of entering into cooperative projects with the university.

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Cooperation Project between Spain/ Extremadura and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Spain has a long and intense history of development cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) and the whole of the Western Balkan (WB) region.

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KIKT – Kosovo Interdisciplinary Knowledge Triangle Center – PhD based Education, Research and Training for Medical and Natural Sciences

KIKT addresses the link between higher education and economy and focuses on the one hand on capacity building in research and innovation and on the other hand on curriculum development.

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INTERFACE

INTERFACE aims at achieving the following 5 specific
objectives:

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UNI4INNO

The UNI4INNO project aims to increase the relevance and capacities of
Ukrainian partner universities in contributing to knowledge based
economic development, and to mobilize their potential as key partners in
the Ukrainian innovation system, by stimulating structural reforms via
the implementation of sustainable innovation support structures and
services.

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QinR - Quality in Research

The general goal of the project “Researching Quality and Quality in Research – QiR” is to promote the conversion of Western-Balkan Countries research standards with those of the EU member states, i.e. to meet the goals formulated in the Lisbon Convention and to fulfil the aims of the Bologna Process. This is done by various measures, most notably:

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PROMIG - Promoting Migration Studies in Higher Education

The project is based on the already well established good
practice of consortium member institutions working together in prior EC funded
project under TEMPUS Programme (517002 - UNIMIG).

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