Round Table I and Steering meeting of the MIND project in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

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The MIND project, co-financed by the Erasmus + Program of the European Union and led by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), has held its intermediate meeting and first Round Table at Kyrgyz National University.
The main objective of the MIND project is to support the Central Asian educational reform, through the creation of Youth Centers in the nine Central Asian participating universities, in order to promote university entrepreneurship and increase the level of innovation and technology in the socioeconomic development.
48 participants from the 15 partner institutions of the project (from Europe and Central Asia) travelled to Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, to celebrate one of the most important events organized so far within the framework of the project. A conference was organized to gather relevant stakeholders on Wednesday, October 25: Mr. Sadykov KJ (Rector of the KNU), Mr. Abyloev EK (Minister of Economy), Mrs. Sarbagysheva Gulmira (representative of the Ministry of Education), Mr. Ricard Tomas (Spanish entrepreneur in Bishkek) and former students from KNU who became entrepreneurs and shared their rewarding experiences with all the audience: project partners, university students and members of the American University of Central Asia. The day ended with the presentation of the best business ideas of the students of the KNU, who had the opportunity to receive feedback and recommendations from the present professionals. Among the news presented during the Steering meeting for the last year of the MIND project is the participation of the best students of each Central Asian partner university in a trip to Europe where they will have the opportunity to present their business ideas to potential investors, meet groups of entrepreneurs, Chambers of Commerce, innovation labs, etc.

During the following days, the partners received specialized training in Entrepreneurship by the specialist José Juan Cárdenes, who not only offered a quality training, but also got a very active participation of the attendees, thus promoting an interesting debate on The different methodologies used in terms of Innovation and Entrepreneurship are referred to in the different partner countries of the project: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

The achieved results so far are very encouraging and promising. On one hand, approximately 100 Central Asian teachers have received a quality training on Entrepreneurship and Innovation thanks to the MIND project. In turn, these have been training their students with the materials provided in both Training of Trainers in Europe (Lisbon and Bratislava) adapted to their various levels and needs. On the other hand, numerous reports have been finalized and uploaded to this website.

ROUND TABLE II IN DUSHANBE (TAJIKISTAN)

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During 29-30 November, the second Round Table was organized at Technological University of Tajikistan. This National Round Table counted also on the participation of coordinators from Russian Tajik Slavonik University and Khorog State University, together with some of their students. The aim of this even was to gather public and private institutions and créate a discussion about the needs of University students regarding training and education on Entrepreneurship and Innovation and so receive more support from the Government.

On 29 November, a conference was held and many Governmental bodies and the National Officer of Erasmus+ in Tajikistan, Ms. Zarina Nuriddinova, attended. We noticed a big commitment from the public institutions to the MIND project as they do understand the necessity of implementing Innovation and Entrepreneurship training on the higher education level and motivating young people to start their own business and, in this way, contribute to decrease the unemployment rate of Tajikistan.
The second half of the day was devoted to the presentations of the best business ideas from Tajik students, who received feedbacks from the attending professionals.

On 30 November, all teachers and students received a training on Innovation and Entrepreneurship which turned out to be a success, as a fruitful discussion raised out and many questions were asked from the audience.

Moreover, Russian Tajik Slavonik University announced that one of her students, named Nassir Zarnigor, won a national young entrepreneurs’ competition and she will travel to London to present her Busines Idea during the next phase of the event together with more young students from Europe.

Finally, the MIND team proudly inform that the MIND project was awarded the first place to the best project during the Erasmus+ Information Day in Tashkent held on November 26, 2017. For more info: http://erasmusplus.uz/news/Erasmus-Information-Day-in-Tashkent.htm.

Next step of the project will be the National  Round Table III in Uzbekistan in January.

II Training of Trainers on Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Bratislava)

The MIND project has celebrated the second Training of Trainers of the project at the Slovak Technological University of Bratislava (STUBA) from May 29 to June 2 .

28 participants from six Central Asian institutions travelled to Bratislava to receive specialized training in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This ToT was organized by STUBA and UNIGE (University of Genoa), with the participation of the ULPGC as the coordinating institution. The institutions that participated in the training are: Talas State University (Kyrgyzstan), Osh Technological University (Kyrgyzstan), Tashkent State University of Economics (Uzbekistan), Samarkand Agriculture Institute (Uzbekistan), Technological University of Tajikistan (Tajikistan) and Capacity Building Consulting Group (Kyrgyzstan).

The MIND project has as main objective to support the Central Asian educational reform, through the creation of Youth Centres in the nine Central Asian partner universities, in order to promote entrepreneurship at the universities and increase the level of innovation and technology in socio-economic development.

The objective of this Training of Trainers is to contribute to the specialization of teachers of Higher Education for the implementation of innovative educational experiences that enhance the entrepreneurial and innovative competences. Some of the topics covered were: ‘Creative thinking, setting goals and motivation’, ‘Quality management world trends as a tool for continuing improvement quality of Young (start-up) company’, ‘Corporate culture, Business ethics, Ethics in Horizon 2020’, ‘Innovation and Technology Transfer in STUBA’, ‘Entrepreneurship conditions in Slovakia’, among others.

All the knowledge acquired during the whole week has provided the participants with training in the theoretical framework and the necessary tools to enhance their work. The teachers, in turn, will transmit all this knowledge to their students in the Youth Centres in their universities. As a result, professors will be better prepared to monitor the entrepreneurial projects or business ideas of their students.

Participation of the MIND project at the Joint Conference EU – Central Asia

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The MIND project was invited to participate at the “Joint Conference EU – Central Asia: Erasmus Mundus Partnerships impact on Central Asia” held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 15-16 May, 2017.

The main objective of this conference was to share best practices, evaluate results, get to know success stories and talk about important subjects regarding the ERASMUS MUNDUS program such as credits recognition in the Central Asian Republics. More than 100 participants from CA and EU universities as well as representative from the European Commission attended this great meeting.

The coordinator of the MIND project (Erasmus+ CBHE), Sara Rebollo Ramírez, had the opportunity to present the MIND project as an example of sustainability of the Erasmus Mundus projects under the session: “The Process of Internationalization: Regional Cooperation and European Cooperation – Central Asia”.

I Training of Trainers on Entrepreneurship & Innovation (LISBON)

The MIND project, co-financed by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union and in which the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) is the coordinator, has held its first Training of Trainers at the IST Lisboa (Technical Institute of Lisbon).

23 participants from five Central Asian institutions travelled to Lisbon to receive specialized training in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This ToT was organized by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Technical Institute of Lisbon, with the participation of the ULPGC as the coordinating institution. The institutions that participated in the training are: Kyrgyz National University (Kyrgystan), Buhara State University, Khorog State University and Russian Tajik (Slavonik) University (Tajikistan) and STUBA (Slovakia).

The MIND project has as main objective to support the Central Asian educational reform, through the creation of Youth Centers in the nine Central Asian participating universities, in order to promote entrepreneurship at the universities and increase the level of innovation and technology in socio-economic development.

The objective of this Training of Trainers is to contribute to the specialization of teachers of Higher Education for the implementation of innovative educational experiences that enhance the entrepreneurial and innovative competences. Some of the topics covered were: ‘Communication Strategies’, ‘Emotional Intelligence’, ‘How to elaborate a value proposal’, ‘How to carry out a business plan’, and others.

All the knowledge acquired during the whole week has provided the participants with training in the theoretical framework and the necessary tools to enhance their work. The teachers, in turn, will transmit all this knowledge to their students in the Youth Centers in their universities. As a result, professors will be better prepared to monitor the entrepreneurial projects or business ideas of their students.

From May 19 to June 2 will take place the second Training of Trainers of the project, which will have more technical content within the field of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and will take place in Bratislava, specifically at the University of Technological Studies of Bratislava (STUBA).

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Mapping competences of young entrepreneurs

The first stage of the project foresees to define a competency framework for the training in relevant topics. This map will provide the state-of-the-art of the range of competencies (described under roles, technical, participative and social skills, and expertise) of the project target and will  allow a better analysis for the identification of the most suitable training.

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MIND Kick-Off Meeting

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria organized, the 24th, 25th and 26th February 2015, a Multi – Kick off Meeting in order to launch three ERASMUS+ projects: MIND, REVET and PONCHO. These projects belong to the call of the European Commission for the Development of Capacity Building in Higher Education.

During the first day, more than 60 participating institutions attended common sessions where the Erasmus+ Program and the common rules for the Management (technical and financial) of the Erasmus + projects from the ULPGC where presented.

During the second and third days, each consortium had their own private meetings to work in depth on the managing or each project: explaining the managing of work packages, stablishing timetables, partnership agreement, etc.

In addition, a common visit to some facilities of ULPGC related to the three projects was organized the third day in the afternoon.

Mind Consortium during the Kick off Meeting
Mind Consortium during the Kick off Meeting

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