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TEMPUS Kick off Meeting: „R&D Capacities – Creating R&D Capacities and Instruments for boosting HE-Economy Cooperations”

Leoben/Graz. From March 26-27, 2009, the kick off meeting for the new Tempus project R&D Capacities took place partly at the University of Leoben in Leoben and partly in Graz. 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. 19 participants from ten international project partners were present at the meeting.

The first activity of the project comprises an analytical assessment of the current situation and the development state of R&D strategies at the universities. For that purpose a first draft of guidelines to carry out the assessment at the partner universities was developed and presented at the meeting to all consortium partners. Besides fruitful discussions about the next project steps, adaptation of the timetable and general experience exchange among all partners, a guided tour through the campus of the University of Leoben was organised. The tour led through some specific institutes and provided useful insight in their activities, projects and laboratories.

WUS Austria is, in close cooperation with Austin, Pock + Partners, in charge of the overall coordination of this project and therefore presented guidelines for project management to initiate a smooth project implementation. Finally, during a project planning session led by WUS Austria, the activities timetable for the whole period and especially the coming nine months was revised and later on agreed upon during the meeting.

The kick off meeting was attended by representatives of the following ten institutions:

  • University of Leoben (AT)
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • University of Rome “Sapienza” / CIRPS (IT)
  • University of Montenegro (ME)
  • University of Prishtina (1244)
  • University of Sarajevo (BA)
  • University Ss. Cyril and Methodius (MK)
  • Kosovo Centre for International HE and Technology Cooperation (1244)
  • Austin, Pock + Partners GmbH (AT)
  • WUS Austria (AT)

To download the full participants list of the kick off meeting, please click here.

WUS Austria uses this opportunity to thank all project partners for their active participation during the kick off meeting and wishes them a successful project implementation.