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EDUCCKATE Kicks off!

8 February 2013

European Commission

UCL will welcome members of an 11-partner consortium from Greece, Italy, Austria, Germany and Hungary to the kick-off meeting of the EDUCCKATE initiative on 11-12 February.

EDUCCKATEEducation Culture & Creative Knowledge Alliance for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs - is an 18 month project, funded by the European Commission (DG Education & Culture), which began in January 2013 and is being led by the Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA) with the support of UCL Advances.

It is widely recognised that cultural and creative industries contribute to place-making and are drivers of socio-economic growth. The UK’s Confederation of British Industry (CBI 2009) identifies entrepreneurial & business skills as essential to graduate employability. Entrepreneurial skills teaching has been introduced in Higher Education, including at UCL. 

EDUCCKATE brings Universities and businesses together, encouraging 105 existing Cultural and Creative entrepreneurs to become mentors and pass on their skills to support tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. It proposes an innovative mentored internship scheme for 105 Culture and Creative students across 7 countries and sustains its impact by training 21 members of academic staff so as to build learning into future taught degrees in these majors. It equips students (mentees) and academic staff with sector-specific business skills and entrepreneurs (mentors) with mentoring competences and access to globally relevant knowledge.

The partnership includes 3 other universities including Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy; the University of Nicosia, Cyprus; and, FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH., Austria as well as 5 businesses (one of which is the nearby HUB Kings Cross) and 2 training organisations with experience in mentoring and entrepreneurship training.

The ‘Knowledge Alliances’ fund originated in the area of EU University-Business Cooperation. The Pilot projects, now in their third year, aim to provide structured partnerships for collaborative projects between higher education and the business/industrial sector. Knowledge Alliances must be a truly two-way process: higher education and business joining forces to design innovative, sustainable ways of increasing human capital.

The Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA) is a research and support division within the Institute involved with archaeological work in over 87 countries. The CAA is committed to ethical and sustainable approaches which build on and enhance the capacity of local communities to benefit from the historic and archaeological interest of the places they inhabit and offers professional advice, support and training in cultural resource management, archaeology, conservation, interpretation and project management.