Towards the ModernisATion of Higher Education InstitutionS in Uzbekistan (MATcHES)

Project Overview

Project Title Towards the ModernisATion of Higher Education InstitutionS in Uzbekistan (MATcHES)
Project Number 544573-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-BG-TEMPUS-JPHES
Country Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) Not Assigned
Project Start – Project End December 1, 2013–November 30, 2016
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

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

• Karshi Engineering-Economic Institute (Uzbekistan)
• Bukhara Engineering-Technological Institute (Uzbekistan)
• Namangan Engineering Pedagogical Institute (Uzbekistan)
• Committee for Coordination of Science and Technology Development (Uzbekistan)
• Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan)
• Educational Center Business Incubator of Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
• Research and Production Company “Express-Technolog” DPS (Uzbekistan)
• Gmina Kielce – Kielecki Park Technologiczny (Poland)
• The Jan Kochankowski University in Kielce (Poland)
• University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
• Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation S.L. (Spain)
• “Uzbektourism” National Company (Uzbekistan)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • University of Ruse Angel Kanchev  (Bulgaria), project coordinator.
Beneficiary University of Ruse Angel Kanchev on behalf of national governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The MATcHES project was built around the concept that universities play a major role in fostering the development of the knowledge society and that this process must involve all relevant stakeholders, including representatives of the business and of public authorities. At geographical level the most suitable context had been the regional one and the project was aimed at developing three Regional Knowledge Platforms, led by universities and bringing together all relevant actors from regional research and innovation system. Each platform was defined its own strategy and identify a Joint Action Plan to be implemented during the project and afterwards. The platforms was established by following a study phase aiming at identifying needs of regional actors, best practices and nurtured also with the results of a public consultation. Universities and other actors received training on several issues concerning knowledge transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship support services among others and staff from PC visited partners of the EU countries to learn on their regional innovation systems and to exchange experience.

Project Objectives
  • To create a knowledge basis on the existing knowledge triangle in the UZ regions and on best practices on regional innovation systems.
  • To reinforce the capacities of universities and of other regional actors through training and mobility programs.
  • To develop 3 Regional Knowledge Platforms (REP) for long-term cooperation between Universities, enterprises, local and regional authorities and other stakeholders.
  • To develop 3 Joint Action Plans as strategy and work plan documents of the platforms.
  • To establish 3 Knowledge Transfer Offices (KTO) and support the establishment of 3 Scientific and Technological Parks (STP).
  • To foster the entrepreneurial spirit of UZ students and researchers.
  • To design and implement dissemination and exploitation strategies.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange, Quality assurance, Social Partnership
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

WP1: Development – Building the knowledge basis: The work will be organized as follow:
Task 1 Needs Analysis of the Knowledge Triangle Actors
Task 1.2 Identification of the Knowledge Triangle Actors
Task 1.3 Collection of best practices on knowledge triangle approach and regional innovation systems
Task 1.4 Launch of a Public Consultation : From the preliminary results of the previous tasks a public consultation will be launched.
Task 1.5 Development of a Model for regional innovation systems

 

WP2: Development – Design and implementation of Capacity Building Activities: This WP will be devoted to building and strengthening the capacities of the UZ universities as promoters of the regional innovation systems. The capacity building activities will focus on trainings, visits of staff from UZ to EU countries and to the setup of the regulatory framework and procedures for management services of universities and for partnerships with companies and other entities.

WP3: Development – Development of the Regional Knowledge Platforms: 3 Regional Knowledge Platforms will be created following a bottom-up approach in which all stakeholders will be brought together in workshops to develop the content of the Joint Action Plan of each platform. The Joint Action Plans will identify and describe in detail joint activities related to education, research and innovation to be carried out jointly by the actors composing the platform. Each action will have to involve at least two organizations from the platform and must foresee a business plan for its realization. Finally, organisation of internationalization activities of the REPs will identify suitable partners in foreign countries in order to widening the network and provide international opportunities for the establishment of joint actions/projects. The WP leader is CCSTD.

WP4: Development: Creation of business and innovation support services: The fourth development will include two major actions of the Joint Action Plans, namely the development of the internal regulation for the Knowledge transfer Offices- KTOs and the Establishment of 3 KTOs The KTOs will be established at the University premises or other stakeholders’ premises and will start run already during the project. Besides, meetings for the establishment of STPs among the members of REPs interested in the establishment of Parks will be organized which will lead to the development of the methodology for the agreement and work plan for the establishment of STPs. The leading role in this WP is assigned to BETIHT.

WP5: Quality plan – Quality control and monitoring: Quality control and monitoring of project activities and results will be performed continuously throughout the whole duration of the project. The quality of all phases and activities of the project will be monitored and supervised by the project Steering Committee.

WP6: Dissemination activities: This work package aims at ensuring the widest dissemination of the project’s activities and results. The lead partner is CE. The dissemination and exploitation activities play major role since the involvement and engagement of all stakeholders in the Regional Knowledge Platform is key for the achievement of the project objectives. Special attention will be therefore paid to design a precise and tailored dissemination and communication strategy which will include more common dissemination activities such as the development of promotional materials.

WP7: Exploitation – Sustainability and exploitation of results: Under the exploitation work package several actions will be carried out to ensure the sustainability of the project. Part of the actions envisaged in the Joint Action Plans will in fact be carried out beyond the lifetime of the project. Continuous communication and collaboration among all the stakeholders involved and particularly among universities, business support organizations and companies must be ensured.

WP8: Management – overall and local management: This work package aims at ensuring a sound management of the project, in terms of monitoring the progress of the projects and ensuring compliance with the work plan and dealing with all administrative and financial reporting. The project will be managed at a central and regional level. A regional coordinator will be in fact identified and be responsible for coordination of the activities in each UZ region. A Steering Committee will be created with one representative from each project partners. The Steering Committee will be in charge of monitoring the progress of project activities and take decision in case modifications to the work plan must be adopted. A consortium agreement will be signed at the beginning of the project to regulate cooperation among members, including the procedures to be adopted for resolution of conflicts.

Project Results
  • Joint actions developed.
  • 3 Knowledge Transfer Offices and Scientific and Technological Parks created.
  • Knowledge society developed.

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