Framework for Innovation Competencies Development and Assessment

5 Participating countries:
Start: 01-01-2015 - End: 31-12-2017
Project Reference: 554493-EPP-1-2014-1-FI-EPPKA2-KA
EC Grant: 991859 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Knowledge Alliances for higher education

Summary

EU’s Innovation Union Initiative underlines the importance of innovations in all sectors of the economy. For creating new innovations we need individuals that are capable to participate in diverse everyday innovation processes. One main problem is that universities don’t have proper tools to measure the development of the students’ innovation competencies during their studies. Therefore, we don’t actually know which teaching and learning methods are effective. Also companies are lacking tools and knowledge to assess these competencies in various settings: in recruitment processes and internal development activities. Unawareness of innovation competencies causes great economic losses for employers annually. The FINCODA project, with a significant number of universities and innovation-intensive companies from 5 countries, aims at providing solutions for a solid path for forthcoming innovators from university to companies. We shall test new forms of enhancing innovation competencies in university-company cooperation. Real-life learning environments bring added value for all stakeholders and lower the students’ threshold to enter the working life. As a main tangible output of the project we are creating and validating a Software Application tool for innovation competencies assessment. It will be available as an OER. We shall also illustrate that - especially when speaking about innovation competencies – well-organized and structured behaviour assessment can be at the same time cost-effective, reliable, valid and value adding, compared to traditional written tests. European-wide challenges demand multinational solutions. Investments to innovation competencies development gain positive impacts to the competitiveness of European companies. Joint European processes in assessment of learning outcomes are also one key aspect in the creation of a well-functioning European Higher Education Area.

Results

Results for this project are not yet available. They might become available after the project's end date.

Coordinator

TURUN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU OY

JOUKAHAISENKATU 3A, 20520
TURKU
Varsinais-Suomi
FI

Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)

Partners

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
MANCHESTER
Extra-Regio NUTS 2
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
VALENCIA
Comunidad Valenciana
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
CHAMBERLINK LIMITED
MANCHESTER
Greater Manchester
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
ECDL NEDERLAND NV
UTRECHT
Utrecht
LACTOPROT DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
KALTENKIRCHEN
SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
JOHN CAUNT SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
BURY
Lancashire
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
CARTER & CORSON PARTNERSHIP LIMITED
ALTRINCHAM
Cheshire
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
CELESTICA VALENCIA SA
POBLA VALLBONA - VALENCIA
Extra-Regio NUTS 2
Organisation type: Large enterprise
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC ESPANA SA
BARCELONA
Extra-Regio NUTS 2
Organisation type: Large enterprise
STICHTING HOGESCHOOL UTRECHT
UTRECHT
Utrecht
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
HOCHSCHULE FUER ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
HAMBURG
HAMBURG
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
ELOMATIC OY
TURKU
Varsinais-Suomi
Organisation type: Large enterprise
MEYER TURKU OY
TURKU
Extra-Regio NUTS 3

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