EDUCCKATE in Brussels

18 June 2013

European Commission

Sarah Wolferstan represented UCL at the 5th University Business Forum in Brussels earlier this month, following the selection of EDUCCKATE as a 2012 Knowledge Alliance Pilot project.

Sarah was congratulated by Ms Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, on the success of EDUCCKATE which is a seven country project co-ordinated by the Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA) at UCL. 15 Culture and Creative (CC) mentors will be matched with 15 CC graduate students in each country, providing them with training in mentoring and entrepreneurship respectively before supporting them on a 3-month mentored work placement with their respective mentors. In the UK, UCL students will be supported by a bursary offered by UCL Advances.

EDUCCKATE is one of 6 new flagship Knowledge Alliance projects, which support cross-European partnerships and create new multi-disciplinary curricula to promote entrepreneurship within education.  The forum was attended by some 300 people, made up of Ministers, MEPs, University leaders and Business CEOs from across Europe.

Since 2008, the annual University Business Forum brings higher education institutions, companies, business associations, intermediaries and public authorities together; providing them with a space in which to interact, exchange information on good practice, discuss common problems and build closer working relationships in an effort to modernise higher education with a view to meeting the real-world needs of the European job-market.