Specific Objectives of the Project
- To create/restructure IPR Management Offices in the partner Universities enabling them to efficiently protect and manage University Knowledge, generate more value and stimulate Technology Transfer;
- To study and benchmark European and local experiences of University services for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship support, and develop recommendations for structural reforms;
- To improve the capacity of the partner Universities to attract financial resources for innovation activities via private-public partnerships and securing competitive funding of projects and programmes;
- To disseminate obtained results and enable their uptake on the national levels.
Structural reforms in University Knowledge protection and management
Study "Knowledge Triangle Education-Research-Innovation: European experiences and their applications in Russian, Ukrainian and Moldavian Universities"
University structures for Research and Innovation Fundraising
Dissemination and Sustainability
Quality Control and Monitoring
Management of the Project
In many respects Russian, Ukrainian and Moldavian higher education share the same set of problems stemming from the Soviet past, some of them are as the following:
- Existing approaches are built on a status quo when universities provide predominantly educational services, while research is being done in Academies of Sciences. This, for instance, is highlighted as one of the 3 main challenges of the Russian HE in the Bologna Country Report for 2006;
- Knowledge is not seen as a supreme value in possession of a university. As a consequence, for instance, intellectual property’s protection and marketing are often neglected, and this results in a very weak transfer of university knowledge into economies and societies;
- Legislative frameworks and supporting instruments, as well as traditions of technology transfer and entrepreneurship in education are inappropriate. In general, the links between Universities and major economic stakeholders are weak.
The abovementioned issues have been addressed by various national/international projects implemented in these target countries (including Tempus projects). At the same time, the magnitude of the problems and complexity of solutions require long-standing and systemic efforts to demonstrate a steady progress. Moreover, no one project managed to cover the full set of issues related to introduction of Research/Entrepreneurial University models into respective higher educations, as well as there were no projects investigating, benchmarking and making use of various experiences already available in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and other Eastern European countries.