PROJECT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Considering the problems explained in the Relevance section, the wider project objective is to create a systematic and structural approach for implementation of knowledge triangle principles, including sharing of knowledge, information, and skills for joint exploitation of research capacities for sustainable growth based on innovation in WBC. We want to create institutional integration of education, research, and innovation.
To fully implement the wider objective, the following specific project objectives are defined:
- To create a structured multi-country network between the HEIs and industry sector in WBC countries with aims to exploit the full value of collaboration and cooperation (open innovation), making an impact on academia, business, and society.
- To set-up 5 Knowledge – Innovation Centres at WBC HEIs with the aim to manage knowledge triangle activities in WBC, supported by the innovative cooperation platform
- To create and implement the professional program in cooperation with the industry sector in the field of Sustainable Energy in 3 WBC HEIs involved
- To increase awareness on knowledge triangle importance in Albania, Bosnia, and Kosovo.
The project and its results will contribute effectively to the objectives of the CBHE action by creating a mechanism for implementation of the knowledge triangle (KT) principles in WBC which will further improve the capacities of WBC HEIs to follow EU strategies and initiatives above mentioned. It will be realized by the creation of the structured cooperation/network of higher education institutions, industry sector representatives, and research institutions in all partner countries involved in the application, which will further enable continuous cooperation in research, education, and innovation. Furthermore, the capacities at all WBC HEIs will be improved by the set-up of Knowledge-Innovation Centers (KIC) and working research teams, which will closely cooperate in the KT activities. Cooperation between the HEIs and industry sector will be realized through collaborative projects to be developed and the implementation of innovative professional programs. One innovative professional program in Sustainable energy will be developed and realized in cooperation with the industry sector which will improve “green” skills. WBC HEIs will promote their new structures and capacities for innovative research at the national, regional, and international levels. Policy on research and innovation will also be developed at all WBC HEIs involved.