BSU HOSTS INNOTAL FIRST PROJECT MEETING: collaboration with European and Asian Universities seen

By upao - Posted on 20 March 2018


“The best way to know each other is to work together.”

This was according to Assoc. Prof. Ivan Stoychev of the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria during the “Integrating Talent Development into Innovation Ecosystems in Higher Education/InnoTAL” first project meeting and collaboration workshop at the Benguet State University, AdCor on March 19, 2018. Assoc. Prof. Stochev together with BSU President, Dr. Feliciano G. Calora Jr. welcomed officials and faculty members of 15 universities based in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bulgaria, Greece, Finland, United Kingdom and the Philippines. Said gathering is slated at BSU on March 19-21, 2018.

As presented by Dr. Gergana Dimitrova of the European Center for Quality, the InnoTAL project generally aims to build the capacity of partner country universities to embed graduates’ employability in their core activities and to facilitate the development of student talent through co-curricular and extra-curricular innovation activities involving stakeholders.

After the meeting and collaboration workshop, it is expected that there will be a detailed review and assessment of each project country Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) current capacities in the areas of innovation (policies, practices and structures) and talent development and cultivation. Another output is a firmed up schedule of succeeding project workshops.

“Most of the activities (in the collaboration workshop) are focused on the partner universities courses and structures that aim at improving their interaction with the outside world…the idea is to think about how we would involve students more into innovation and research projects so that they basically experience the business world and work environment already during their studies,” explained Dr. Dimitrova.

Erasmus plus is a European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. One strand is support to cooperation projects in the field of Higher Education where the InnoTAL project falls. InnoTAL is a capacity building project led by the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria. The project got approval for implementation in October 2017 after passing a very competitive process of selection.

The participating universities in the project are the University of Hyderabad, Marathwada University, University of Madras, RK University, University of Ruhuna, University of Peradeniya, Pokhara University, Agriculture and Forestry University, University of National and World Economy, University of Thessaly, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, University of Ulster, Ifugao State University and Benguet State University.

As a member of the project, BSU will be involved in sending participants to the different InnoTAL workshops contributing to the project outputs. According to a project overview released by the BSU-International Relations Office, the project will capacitate BSU faculty, staff and students on talent development in research and innovation.

“There will be international exposures for the BSU faculty, staff and students as well as opportunities to forge linkages with other partner universities. There will be trickle-down effects to BSU constituents as the project outputs will be disseminated in targeted workshops. Some equipment support will also be obtained,” reads the project overview.//JSTabangcura