Representatives of the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) took part in the kick-off meeting of the Excellence in ReSTI project, which was held in Vienna on 29 March 2017.
The project aims to create an innovative learning system for training young project managers in the field of social and technological innovation in the Danube Region and is implemented within the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme with the financial support of the European Union ERDF and IPA funds.
The project consortium leads the Centre for Social Innovation from Austria and also includes the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland from Austria, the Applied Research and Communications Fund from Bulgaria, the Social Innovation Lab from Croatia, the HIPAVILON Intellectual Property Agency from Hungary, Prague Charles University from the Czech Republic, Eurovienna Consulting and Management company from Austria, the University of Belgrade from Serbia, the Ministry of Economy - Directorate for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises from Montenegro, the University of Sarajevo School of Economics and Business from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Nongovernmental Organization, World and Danube, from Serbia.
The project started in February 2017 and is aimed at students in their final year of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as young graduates and managers in the fields of political science, economics and social sciences who are interested in learning project management techniques. The project deals with the lack of undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes focused on project application, management and implementation which results in insufficient employment options for young graduates in the Danube Region and low quality of the research social innovation projects that are submitted.
The purpose of the project is to develop the management skills of young project managers applying for social innovation projects, using innovative online learning approaches (e-learning). The project managers will be enrolled into interactive learning modules through which they will be acquainted with the fields of research and development, knowledge and information management, financial sources for financing national and European research social innovation projects, knowledge and technology transfer, intellectual property rights, project design and project consortium management.
At the kick-off meeting the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences was represented by Prof Jaro Berce, PhD, and Aleš Šifrer from the Centre for Social Informatics, as well as Vika Pušnik Kuferšin from the Office for International Cooperation, The meeting was an opportunity for the representatives of the participating organisations to get to know each other, but it was also aimed at setting out a detailed time-plan and content of the project activities. In addition to the identification of good practices in the field of project management, the University of Ljubljana’s main focus in the project will be the development of an online learning module as part of the project management training.