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1 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Unikey Project: unleashing the entrepreneurial quality of placements abroad 19th July 2012

2 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Agenda The Belgian- Italian Chamber of Commerce The Unikey Project: objectives and activities Managing the Unikey Project Tips and lessons learned for EU project drafting & management

3 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project The Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce (CCBI) Belgian ASBL – Recognised by Italy CCIE network – 150 offices in 50 countries Expertise: business, training (www.europeanmaster.net), EU affairs Current EU projects: Open-EYE Erasmus for young entrepreneurs – CIP Nantes 2010Erasmus Placement - LLPhttp://we-mean- business.europa.eu UNI-KEYLLP – Erasmus Multilateral Projects EU-CanadaEuropeAidhttp://eu-canada.com/ Training and networking for CSOs EuropeAid – ENPI

4 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Uni-key fact sheet Funded by LLP Erasmus Multilateral Projects Duration: October 2011 – October 2013 Leader: Univeristy of Applied Sciences Fulda (Mr. Thomas Berger) Consortium: universities, research institutes, Chambers of commerce, enterprises, NGOs from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain Budget: €; EU Grant: € (75%)

5 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Uni-key context: the quality of placements abroad at SMEs Students Get out of « Comfort- zone » Train European skills: intercultural, comm., etc. Get in touch with entrepren. Universities Have the chance to internation- alise: student as transfer agent SMEs Get fresh perspective (new tools, models, methods) Knowledge target market Benefit from student’s promotion Relation with university

6 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Uni-key outcomes: unleashing the entrepreneurial mindset among mobile students We promote contacts to entrepreneurs during placements at SMEs We turn key situations during placements abroad into entrepreneurial learning opportunities We turn students from beneficiaries of EU-funding into promoters of trans-national cooperation (« knowledge transfer agents ») We involve Student-, University-, Enterprise- Representatives in our quality board

7 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Uni-key activities: 1 - key situations turned into entrepreneurial learning opportunities 1. Planning internship abroad turned into a career and financial planning exercise 2. Self-organisation during internship, including financial issues, turned into project management exercise 3. Confidentiality and ethically challenging situations turned into good governance exercise 4. Interim evaluation turned into a valorisation exercise concerning university-enterprise cooperation 5. Underchallenge and overstress situations during internship turned into an opportunity seizing exercise 6. Conflict situations during internship turned into a strategic self- development and creativity management exercise 7. Reporting on internship activities turned into valorisation and effective communication exercise

8 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project 1. Ready to Go? Planning internship abroad turned into a career and financial planning exercise 2. Plan 2 succeed! Self-organization during internship, including financial issues, turned into project management exercise 3. Have you heard…? Confidentiality and ethical challenging situations turned into IPR Management and good governance exercise 4. I have an idea…! Identification of opportunities at host organization turned into valorization exercise concerning university-enterprise cooperation 5. Turn it around! Under-challenge and overstress situations during internship turned into an opportunity seizing exercise 6. Dare to change! Conflict situations during internship turned into a strategic self-development and creativity management exercise 7. Enjoy success! Reporting on internship activities turned into valorization and effective communication exercise 8. Train the Trainer Uni-key activities: 2 – development of e-learning modules for exchange students

9 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project 3-4 hours each module, 10 days, (1ECTS) Moodle platform and smart phone access 2 pilot runs: autumn-winter 2012 and spring-summer students and 25 entrepreneurs each pilot We are recruiting on Uni-key activities: 3 – pilot runs

10 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Provide students with the data/means to become ambassadors of their home university/region/country Provide students with data/means to become ambassador of their host organisation/region/country Provide students with a reason to think « outside the box » of their placement and study course Uni-key activities: 4 – turning students into knowledge transfer agents

11 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Involve entrepreneurs (i.e. alumni of the EYE programme) Collect success stories to promote those placements to all sides: SMEs, Universities, Students We collect and promote placement offers by SMEs We study a recommended format for microexchance Uni-key activities: 5 – foster micro exchange

12 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Moodle platform to share documents, discuss ideas, record and monitor activities On-line meetings: 1 or 2 times a month (Adobe Connect) Shared responsibilities: WP leadership Working in sub-groups Monitoring quality: internal and external (Quality Board) Structured communication plan (site, leaflet, logo, social network, existing networks and tools, …) Uni-key project management

13 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Tips for EU project drafting Analysis of EU/national/regional legislation and policy context Analysis of projects funded by EU in the past, by same/related programmes Integration/coordination with similar/related ongoing projects Use results and best practices from past EU projects Innovation, transferibility, dissemination Use PCM tools (problem and objective trees, strategy selection, stakeholder analysis, and logical framework)

14 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Tips for EU project drafting If possible, include diagram, drowings, scenarios Use EU geargon Follow the instructions provided by EU (read all documentation) Study the evaluation table (relevance, quality, impact, sustainability, etc.) Share budget/activities among partners Start well in advance Strategic partner search (selection, EU added value, participatory approach, …)

15 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Lessons learned about EU project management Be aware of intercultural differences within the consortium: behaviour, ethics, language, working methods, … Practical issues of working together: timezones, holidays, working hours, … Foresee delays due to decision-making processes or difficulties encountered Record everything (think about the interim/final report) Set-up methods and procedures to share and to get everyone involved (including backstopping staff)

16 Marta Bronzo Uni-key Project Thank you for your attention! Marta Bronzo Project Manager Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce (CCBI)


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