Erasmus+ Project

 

 

 


SMART project under the Erasmus+ program

Project website: www.smartcaffe.eu

SMARTCaffes.Belarus 

SMART Channel: http://smartchannel.org/

Fostering university-enterprise cooperation and entrepreneurship of students via SMART Caffes

Nº 585620-EPP-1-2017-1-EL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP (2017-2886/001-001)

Project Coordinator: Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (International Greek University) Thessaloniki (Greece)

Partner countries: Armenia (3), Belarus (3), Moldova (4)

EU countries: Greece, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Bulgaria 

Partners from the Republic of Belarus:

  • Minsk Innovation University (Minsk)
  • Belarusian Trade and Economics University of Consumer Cooperatives (Gomel)
  • Belarusian Innovative Foundation (Minsk)

Project implementation period: 2017-2021

The project aims to encourage students and young researchers to actively use their intellectual potential to generate innovative ideas. SMART cafes will be created, representing a physical and virtual space, where students will have the opportunity to receive the help of curators, advice and assistance from business representatives and university staff. New approaches to teaching will be applied, the skills of the teaching staff will be improved, and the entrepreneurial skills of students will be developed. SMART cafes will contribute to the formation of cooperation between the public and private sectors, the development of small and medium-sized businesses. The implementation of the project will contribute to the integration process of Belarusian universities into the European Higher Education Area by modernizing the higher education system in accordance with European standards.

 


 News 


In the period from October 29 to December 4, 2020, within the framework of the SMART project, the second series of trainings consisting of 4 modules was held on the basis of MIU. The second series of trainings was opened by entrepreneur Alexey Mkrtchyan. He answered the following questions: what distinguishes a startup from a regular business, what helps to achieve success or leads to failure, where to get ideas. He shared his experience of creating and working in startups.

38 students took part in the trainings. As a result of participation in the trainings, all students were awarded certificates. According to the survey, the participants of the training highly appreciated the professionalism of the teachers, as well as the content of the training program.

 

 

 


On October 15, 2020, as part of the Days of the Erasmus program, section No. 4 "Main directions and prospects for the formation of the research, innovation and entrepreneurial infrastructure of the University 3.0" of the national online seminar "Improving the quality and practice-oriented higher education: from the experience of implementing ERASMUS+ projects" was held.

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The following Erasmus+ projects were presented during the workshop:

SMART

InnoCens

Unilab

Aksana Smirnova and Vitali Daroshka (BTEU) made a report on the SMART project. Valiantsina Hedranovich (MIU) took part in the seminar as a listener.

 


On October 14, 2020, a training seminar was held online (Zoom cloud service), initiated by the Academy of Economic Education (ASEM), a project partner from Moldova.

On behalf of MIU, the seminar was attended by the Vice-Rector - Valiantsina Hedranovich 

Ms. Tatiana Bukas shared her experience with ASEM, as well as her personal experience of conducting the first training sessions within the SMART project using the capabilities of Facebook. The trainings were held online in the format of a summer school from 20.07.2020 to 11.09.2020.

 


On September 24, 2020, on the basis of the Minsk Innovation University, the National Office of the Erasmus+ Program in the Republic of Belarus conducted a consultative monitoring of the implementation of the SMART project. The monitoring was carried out by the office administrator Katharenie Minyukovich and Irina Labkova

On behalf of MIU, the monitoring was attended by the Vice-Rector for Research – the head of the Research Institute, the national coordinator of the project, Valiantsina Hedranovich , and members of the project working group.

A meeting was also organized with MIU students who took part in the trainings.

The project working group and BTEU students took part in the online monitoring.

During the monitoring, the achieved results of the project implementation were presented, and the further work plan was discussed. Special attention was paid to the sustainability of the project results, partnership and cooperation.

 

 


On September 21, 2020, a coordination meeting of the project partners was held online (Zoom cloud service) 

Reports on the progress of the project were presented at the meeting:

- review of implemented activities for the reporting period;

- purchase and installation of equipment for SMART cafes;

- organizing and conducting training sessions for SMART cafe users;

- about the development of the functionality of the virtual segment of SMART cafes.

 

Progress indicators designed to facilitate the effective implementation of the SMART project are considered.

The problems that arose during the implementation of the project and possible ways to solve them were discussed.

 

 

 


On June 18-30, 2020, trainings on four training modules were held at the MIU for the first group of students:

-MODULE 1 – STARTING;

-MODULE 2 – MANAGING;

-MODULE 3 – SMARTING;

-MODULE 4 – SUPPORTING.

 

As a result of participation in the training, all participants were awarded certificates.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, three more series of trainings will be held for all interested students.

 


On June 23, 2020, a coordination meeting of the project partners was held online (Cisco WebEx cloud service).

During the meeting, reports on the results achieved were presented, changes to the work plan were considered and recommended for approval in connection with the extension of the project deadlines.

 


On November 19-21, 2019, within the framework of the project, an educational visit was held to the VIVES University of Applied Sciences (Belgium), which was attended by members of the working group from MIU - Vice-Rector for Research Valiantsina Hedranovich and Senior lecturer of the Department of Information Technologies Volha Hedranovich. During the visit, the project participants studied the best practices of VIVES in stimulating and developing entrepreneurial skills among students, organizing the startup movement. The participants of the project visited the Hangar-K incubator for young entrepreneurs and the @VIVES hackerspace in Kortrijk, the VIVES Innovation center, the Young Entrepreneurs support center in Bruges, and the independent creative agency "Production Office" in Antwerp.

During the visit, a working meeting of the partners with the coordinator and coordinator of the SMART project was also held, during which topical issues of the project implementation were discussed.

 

 


On October 21-24, 2019, Minsk Innovation University held trainings on the 3 – SMARTING Training Module.

The trainings were conducted by representatives of the International Greek University IHU (Greece) Argyrios Spyridis and Adriane Thrash.

The training program was attended by teachers and students of MIU, as well as teachers of BTEU.

 

 


On June 23-28, 2019, a working meeting of SMART project partners was held at the BRUSOV YSULS Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences (Armenia).

The meeting was attended by Vice-Rector for Research Valiantsina Hedranovich, Head of the Department of Economics and Production Management Natalia Shinkevich and Senior Lecturer of the Department of Information Technologies Volha Hedranovich

During the meeting, the project partners presented the coordinator and co-coordinator with an interim report on the results achieved during the first year of the project, and discussed the implementation plan for the next stages of the project. A work plan was also drawn up for the creation of textbooks based on best European practices and their implementation in the educational process of universities from partner countries.

During the visit, the best practices of Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences named after V. Ya. Bryusov and Gavar State University (GSU, Armenia) in the field of entrepreneurial education and the organization of start-up schools were studied.

As part of the implementation of the project activities and the study of the experience of youth entrepreneurship, a visit was made to the Armenian Startup Academy (Yerevan), the Armenian Science and Technology Foundation (Yerevan) and the Youth Cooperation Center (Dilijan).

 

 

 

 Vice-Rector for Research of MIU Valiantsina Hedranovich gave an interview to the Armenian television about the project implementation during her visit to the Gavar State University.

 


From 27th to 30th May 2019 trainings according to the TEACHING MODULE 2 - MANAGING took place in Varna University of Management (VUM, Varna, Bulgaria) in the framework of SMART project. The trainings were conducted by Ina Stanoeva, Roumiana Konstantinova, Silvena Dencheva.

Representatives of Minsk Innovation University took part in the trainings: Natalia Shinkevich, Head of the Economics and Production Management Department and Alexandr Kavaliou, Director of the Distance Learning Center.

During the training, participants had the opportunity to improve their competencies in the following areas: Time Management, Creative Problem Solving, Conflict Management.

At the end of the training session all the participants were awarded with certificates.

  


From 18th to 21st of March in Minsk Innovation University, within the framework of the project SMARTtrainings according to Module 1 - STARTING were held by Silvie Vanrenterghem, Senne Van den Broeck, Niki Verbrugghe (the  representatives Katholieke Hogeschool VIVES ZUID (Belgium)).

The trainings were held within the framework of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in higher education international project “Fostering university-enterprise cooperation and entrepreneurship of students via SMART Caffes”.

In accordance with the terms of the project, academic staff from two partner universities of the Republic of Belarus: Minsk Innovation University and Belarus Trade and Economic University of Consumer Cooperatives participated in the training program. Representatives of the Belarusian National Technical University  also took part in the training. 

 


 

 

 

From 25th to 28th of February in Minsk Innovation University, within the framework of the project SMART, trainings according to Module 4 were held by the EU representative Andres Abad (University Catolica San Antonio de Murcia, UCAM).

The trainings were held within the framework of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in higher education international project “Fostering university-enterprise cooperation and entrepreneurship of students via SMART Caffes”.

In accordance with the terms of the project, academic staff from two partner universities of the Republic of Belarus: Minsk Innovation University and Belarus Trade and Economic University of Consumer Cooperatives participated in the training program. Representatives of the Belarusian Innovation Fund, Belarusian National Technical University and the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio Electronics also took part in the training. 


On February 25, 2019, before the start of trainings, rector of Minsk Innovation University, Professor Nikolay Susha provided brief information about the university activities and wished the participants a successful session.

Representative of the National Erasmus+ Office in Belarus Ekaterina Minyukovich welcomed the participants and wished them an interesting and fruitful work.


On February 27, within the framework of trainings, a field visit to the EU Delegation in the Republic of Belarus took place. During the meeting, Mr. Berend de Groot and Ms. Tatyana Pronko spoke about the EU programs in the field of education available for Belarus, about work experience of the EU Delegation in Belarus as well as about projects implemented with the support of the Delegation. The participants of the visit received answers to all their questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


On January 22, 2019, the National Office of the Erasmus+ Program in the Republic of Belarus monitored the implementation of the SMART project at the Minsk Innovation University. The monitoring was carried out by the office administrators Minyukovich E. A. and Sinyavskaya O. A.

Vice-Rector for Research, National Coordinator of the Valiantsina Hedranovich and members of the project working group participated in the monitoring on behalf of MIU:

head of the Department of Economics and production management Shinkevich N. In., Director of the center for distance learning Kovalou A. P., senior teacher of the Department of information technology, Volga Gedranovich, head of the international Department of Plenty M. N.

From of BTEU the monitoring was attended by Dean of the faculty of advanced training and retraining, institutional coordinator of the project Trusevich I. V. specialist of the Department of international relations, project Manager Smiarnova O. S.

During the monitoring, the results achieved during the first year of the project implementation were presented, and the further work plan was discussed.

  


On November 13-15, 2018, on the basis of the Catholic University of San Antonio (Murcia, Spain), a meeting of partners of the project "Promoting university-enterprise cooperation and student entrepreneurship through SMART cafes" was held, which was attended by members of the working group from MIU-Vice-Rector for Research of the University Valiantsina Hedranovich and senior lecturer of the Department of Information Technologies Volha Hedranovich

During the meeting, the concept of the SMART cafe model was developed, the main needs and the necessary equipment for its operation on the basis of the MIU were identified. The work plan for the project was discussed, as well as the training schedule.

Within the framework of the meeting, representatives of the university took part in a training on the development of training programs for youth entrepreneurship, taking into account the best European experience, studied the experience of the Catholic University of San Antonio in the field of economic and entrepreneurial education, organizing and conducting startups with a view to its further application in the MIU, as well as experience in the preparation, submission and implementation of international projects funded by the European Union.

 

 

 


On May 14-17, 2018, a study visit was held in Paderborn (Germany).

 

MIU representatives took part in a video conference on May 15-16.

During the video conference, the issues of developing and forming questionnaires for students and companies were discussed. The purpose of the survey is to identify students ' needs for entrepreneurial initiatives and training in entrepreneurial skills at universities, analyze these needs and propose appropriate solutions. The purpose of the survey of employers is to identify their opinions on entrepreneurial initiatives and training in entrepreneurial skills and to use their experience in the field of entrepreneurship for the benefit of aspiring entrepreneurs.

 


On March 1, 2018, the SMART project partners held a video conference.

 

The video conference was attended by representatives of three Belarusian partners and the co-coordinator of the project of the State Agrarian University of Moldova. The partners discussed the project implementation plan for the first year, as well as current issues of the project implementation related to the Belarusian partners.

 


On February 13-16, 2018, the launch meeting of the partners of the project "Promoting University-Enterprise Cooperation and Student Entrepreneurship through SMART Cafes" was held at the Alexandria Technological Educational Institute in Thessaloniki.

During the meeting, the partners discussed issues related to the preparation of the work plan for the first year of the project, and also held a seminar on the development of Smart cafes.

MIU representatives took part in the launch meeting remotely.

 

MIU presentation during the video conference 13.02.2018