EDU-SMEs aims to develop a better match between the competencies of graduates and the needs of companies in the Central-Baltic region.
New knowledge and pedagogical approaches are integrated in existing curricula and students will gain new competencies especially in the field of internationalization of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The project also supports individual SMEs in their internationalization through cross-border activities that link SMEs with faculty and students in their target markets. The project activities include joint development and delivery of an e-learning course on internationalization of SMEs.
The assignments take place in Nordic-Baltic teams where businesses and students work together over national borders. Where physical mobility is not possible, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supported environments are used.
Real-life cross-border assignments also provide incentives to try out new and innovative teaching methods.
For the students, the project will lead to a more output-driven learning experience. NOBANET also secures that SMEs needs are taken into consideration in a structured way in education.
The NOBANET project will increase cooperation between HEIs and SMEs. This will benefit faculty, students and companies.
The partner Higher Education Institutions are working on creating learning materials on SMEs internationalisation processes. These learning materials shall be integrated in the partner institutions curricula for relevant study areas. It is also available to all interested SMEs.
The full set of developed materials will include:
Handbook on the Nordic-Baltic business environment
Reports and assignements on SMEs in the region
Best Practice examples on internationalization of SMEs
Models for successful cooperation between HEIs and SMEs
Work on the Handbook on the Nordic-Baltic business environment is ongoing. The Handbook aims to significantly update Hansa Nova hanbook Managing a multicultural workforce – Key issues in the Baltic Sea Region with new findings in the area.
You can find more information about Hansa Nova project here.