1. Western Finland Design Centre MUOVA (Aalto University School of Art and
Design – University of Vaasa), coordinator
MUOVA is a research and development centre within the Aalto University School
of Art and Design and the University of Vaasa (UWASA). It promotes international
competitiveness of companies, runs applied user oriented research and creates
innovative methods using creativity and design, e.g. Creative Lab (implementing
creativity strategically) and coordinating e-CIT (creative e-LE for VET craft
Muova has carried out over 200 projects with companies
including several international R&D projects, and cooperates with several
international universities. Muova’s team comprises of experts in marketing,
branding, design and communication.
Established in 2010, Aalto University was created from the merger of three
Finnish universities: The Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of
Technology and The University of Art and Design Helsinki. The Aalto University
offers multidisciplinary education and research aiming to enhance innovation.
The Aalto University School of Art and Design (TaiK) is an international
university dedicated to design, audiovisual communication, art education and
art. TAIK is a pioneer in research and in developing interdisciplinary study
Western Finland Design Centre MUOVA
Wolffintie 36 A
Tel. +358-6-357 6330
Fax. fax. +358 6 312 8664
Contact person Tanja Oraviita
Tel. +358-6-357 6332
2. Digital Media Centre DMC (DIT - The Dublin Institute of
Dublin Institute of Technology is Ireland’s largest Higher Education
Institute with a history of more than 100 years. It was re-established in its
present, integrated structure in 1992. There are 21,000 registered students and
more than 100 programmes at various levels from apprenticeship to PhD.
Unique offerings make DIT a skill-critical institute in terms of both the
Lisbon Agenda and the Barcelona target to raise R&D spend to 3% of GDP.
The Digital Media Centre (DMC) is a multidisciplinary research group based in
the Faculty of Applied Arts at DIT. The DMC is involved in industry sponsored
projects, experimental production and the development of postgraduate education
in interactive media.
The DMC has worked on over 50 projects at both National and European level
and has a particular strength in the culture and heritage sector. They have
researched, designed and built public interactive asset management systems
supporting multiple media types from plain text to 3D and video.
Digital Media Centre, DIT
Contact person: Evin McCarthy
3. Estonian Academy of Arts EAA
Estonian Academy of Arts is the only public university in Estonia providing
higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies,
art culture, and conservation, working uninterrupted since 1914. Estonian
Academy of Arts aims to become a leading national and international centre
of innovation in the field of visual culture. In addition to active study
and research in the creative fields for BA,MA, and PhD levels, the EAA also
offers lifelong learning opportunities through Open Academy. Through
cultural heritage and conservation, folk art and cultural anthropology it
preserves cultural traditions and contributes in transferring these to
students, helping to understand visual cultures of living environments and
Currently, 1 130 students are enrolled at the Estonian Academy of Arts,
taught by 83 professors, associate professors, teachers and lecturers.
Additionally, 38 workshop managers assist students at all times. The
Estonian Academy of Arts prides itself in a small student-professor ratio,
which allows personal one-to-one attention between the instructor and
learner. Studies take place in small groups of carefully selected students.
Many of the students participate in exchange programmes at partner
international universities during their studies. The EAA cooperates with
more than 100 universities abroad and belongs to several international
Estonian Academy of Arts
Contact person: Kadri Viires
4. Seinäjoki Vocational Education Centre SEDU
The total number of students at SEDU is about 4200, of whom 1500 are adults.
SEDU has some 250 teachers and 150 other staff.
Education Centre provides studies leading to a total of 24 vocational
qualifications, through 44 study programmes. SEDU encompasses professional
expertise for all the educational fields. Diversified adult education increases
the educational supply further.
The students of Seinäjoki Vocational
Education Centre have the opportunity to study entrepreneurship through the
Young Enterprise activities, to get a feeling for working life through
on-the-job learning placements, as well as to direct their studies towards an
international operational environment.
Thus virtual learning is therefore
one of the learning methods currently being developed in the college. The aims
and objectives of the CreaCIT programme fit well with SEDU’s normal teaching and
learning activities. SEDU enjoys a close collaboration with the area's applied
Seinäjoki Vocational Education Centre
Contact person: Kari Keskitalo (international coordinator)
5. University of Vaasa UWASA, Department of Production
The University of Vaasa (UWASA) is a multidisciplinary university focusing on
business studies, administration, technologies, languages and communication.
It works in close collaboration with its surrounding region and values
internationalisation in its degrees. UWASA shares the technology centre
Technobothnia with the local applied university and vocational school, and the
design management course (offered by TAIK) is recommended to students of
business administration and technology.
The department of production has seven full-time and about 15 project-funded
staff who specialise in industrial management topics such as product development
and quality, logistics and production management, and technology management.
University of Vaasa, Department of Production
Contact person: Tauno Kekäle, Päivi Haapalainen
6. Flemish Ministry of Education and Training DBO
DBO or the Service for Vocational Training is part of the Flemish Department
for Education in Belgium. DBO is a part of the entity of institutions and
students of Secondary and Adult education. DBO’s aim is to develop innovative
approaches and policies for VET in Flanders. DBO wants to create a maximum
amount of opportunities for students and course participants of vocational
training. DBO accentuates the experience of success of all the students,
supports the involvement of all social actors and promotes employability.
Through the years the DBO has established a large number of projects concerning
Entrepreneurship in Flanders. In these projects DBO has created innovative
solutions for entrepreneurship in secondary education. Every year DBO organises
a ‘business plan’ contest for secondary schools known as Entrepreneur of the
year. DBO offers support and organises coaching sessions for trainers and
teachers so they can offer young starters helpful methods to create a successful
Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs & Vorming – Dienst
DBO - Flemish Ministry of Education & Training
Koning Albert II-laan 15
Contact person: Nathalie Briessinck
7. Ciudad Industrial del
Valle del Nalón S.A.U., VALNALÓN
Valnalón is an agency of the regional government of the Principality of
Asturias in Spain It employs 25 people and its areas of specific expertise are:
- Enterprise education (from Primary School to Higher Education)
Business start-up guidance
- Business consolidation support
In the field of education, Valnalón has been commissioned to design and
implement the regional enterprise education strategy “Plan de Fomento de Cultura
Emprendedora” engaging different stakeholders including regional authorities,
schools, teachers, students, parents, businesses and other organisations.
Valnalón designs and publishes teaching resources, provides teacher training
and offers advice and continued support to an extensive network of schools
implementing different enterprise education projects.
Ciudad Industrial Valle del Nalón, SA
Hornos altos s/n
Contact person: Iván Diego
8. Tehniški šolski center Nova Gorica TSC
Tehniški šolski centre (TSC) is one of the most important vocational
educational training (VET) centres in Slovenia. It offers a wide variety of
training and educational programmes for youth and adults. It has been striving
for the development of partnership networks with social partners such as
companies, chambers of commerce and crafts, employment services, school centres,
as well as with other international educational organisations. It has been
active in international projects. Besides the regular programmes TSC also runs
different activities for students and adults.
E-learning will be important
in the new Slovenian curriculum. TSC is interested in new educational methods
and their applicability in VET education in Slovenia, especially because it can
be linked to modern ICT technologies. The centre has a strong educational and
international network. The centre has different fields of studies, which combine
with the multidisciplinary aspect of the LE and provides testing possibilities.
Tehniški šolski center Nova Gorica, Intercompany Educational
(Technical schools centre N.G.)
Contact person: Primoz Stekar
The associated partners
COTEC (Fundacion Cotec of Spain) - private foundation
I3G - Graphic Expression in Engineering Research Group - University of
IES Cuenca del Nalón - secondary non-VET educational institute, Spain
INMA Institut National des Métiers d'Art - France
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission
cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information
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