Innolabs in Central Asia for a Sustainable Catalyzation of Innovation in the Knowledge Triangle (INOCAST)

Project Overview

Project Title Innolabs in Central Asia for a Sustainable Catalyzation of Innovation in the Knowledge Triangle (INOCAST)
Project Number 543746-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-ES-TEMPUS-JPHES
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) Not Assigned
Project Start – Project End December 1, 2013–
Project Status Not Assigned

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) N/A
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Coventry University (United Kingdom)
• University of Boras (Sweden)
• Riga Technical University (Latvia)
• Bukhara State University (Uzbekistan)
• University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan)
• Andijan Agricultural Institute (Uzbekistan)
• S. Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University (Kazakhstan)
• L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan)
• Kimep University (Kazakhstan)
• International University of Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan)
• Kyrgyz State Technical University (Kyrgyzstan)
• Tajik State University of Law, Business and Politics (Tajikistan)
• Technological University of Tajikistan (Tajikistan)
• Turkmen State Institute of Transport and Communication (Turkmenistan)
• Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management (Turkmenistan)
• Kyrgyz National University (Kyrgyzstan)
• Kazakh Academy of Transport and Communications (Kazakhstan)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), project coordinator. Jenaro Nosedal Sanchez, Jenaro.Nosedal@uab.cat, +34  93 728 77 58
Beneficiary Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona on behalf of national governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

INOCAST project aims at addressing the need of Central Asian universities to develop a sustainable, built on experience and user-centered infrastructure for catalyzing innovation in the knowledge triangle.

The main output of the project is expected to be the creation of fully operational Innovation Labs able to stimulate the commercialization of public research in a cost-efficient manner, responding to user needs and being context appropriate while building in previous experience and incorporating best practices into the design of products, processes and services. The Innolabs are envisaged to be viable in the long term and its structure and fucntioning principles replicable and customizable in other institutions, faciliating also the upbringing of an innovation and entrepreneurship culture.

Project Objectives
  • To create an Innovation Network comprising stakeholders in the Knowledge Triangle (Research, Business and Education) as a supra-regional platform for exchange of experiences and to develop a sustainable scheme for enhancing innovation and public-private partnerships in Central Asia, supporting a “Think global, act local” approach in which small scale innovations are supported and networked for better up-scaling.
  • To establish and operate 14 Innovation Laboratories (Innolabs) at 14 Central Asian Universities.
  • To establish spaces for experimentation, product and service development in focus areas.
  • To strengthen managerial, strategic and technical capacities of personnel of the 14 Central Asian partner Universities for the maximization of innolabs as sustainable, user centered, built on experience and scalable innovation catalyzators.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

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Activities

As successful innovation calatalyzators rely not only on local wealth but are well connected to the world, INOCAST will set up an Innovation Network comprising stakeholders in the Knowledge Triangle as a supra-regional platform for exchange of experiences and the development of a sustainable scheme for enhancing innovation and public-private partnerships in Central Asia, supporting a “Think global, act local” approach in which small scale innovations are supported and networked for better up-scaling. In parallel, and in order to increase the absorptive capacities of the Partner Countries institutions staff, INOCAST project will design and implement a training program for strengthening of managerial, strategic and technical capacities of personnel of the 14 Central Asian partner Universities.

Project Results
  • Innovation Lab community created.
  • Capacity building enhanced.
  • Solid networking and communication strategy developed and implemented.

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