The Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK) is participating in the international Erasmus+ project “Promoting Creativity and Innovation Management in an innovative blended learning and validation programme at the interface between higher education (HE) and business” (CIM) (KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Knowledge Alliances).
Creativity and Innovation are widely recognised as some of the most important driving factors of our modern economies. However, there are just a few approaches on Creativity and Innovation Management and also systematic educational approaches are missing to promote related skills and competences at the interface of academia and businesses.
This is the starting point of the ERASMUS+ Project CIM based on a network of 14 organisations from 9 countries working together in a consortium of Higher education establishments, research institutes, business associations and SMEs. CIM aims to develop a new teaching and learning approach for Creativity and Innovation Management in a number of European countries. With this, the Project seeks to close the gap between Business and Academia and to develop new approaches, tools and instruments to promote the management of creativity and innovation.
According to the view of the Project team, the ideal learning contexts to acquire these competences are the informal/non-formal ones such as traineeships or mobility. However, it is a challenge to set up learning contexts that facilitate CIM. Only singular attempts have been made to systematically include the development of these competences in curricular or extracurricular HE courses and the assessment of these competences requires a new competence framework system to give evidence of students’ development, to connect them to existing certification systems and to offer a European wide validation approach.
CIM will develop and pilot an approach to tackle this issue based on a long-term partnership of academia, business and educational partners. The traineeships will involve students from 6 universities and will be carried out in businesses in different EU member-states (students will have the possibility to travel to other EU countries). The innovative momentum of these internships is that they work along a project management structure and self-directed learning approach; each trainee has to plan, develop and assess his/her project, which leads towards at least one of the key competences described above.
Well-proven validation approaches will be applied to assess and evidence informal learning.
Students of different sciences will develop CIM projects along an innovative blended learning concept based on transferrable study units that can be integrated in the formal curricula and on an experiential learning approach in European enterprises.
Competences will be validated and connected to European validation and certification instruments.
Project duration: November, 2018 – October, 2020