The new educational course in startup creation for master students was developed within the Tempus project during several months. The course was developed based on analogous courses in European universities that are partners in this Tempus project. The course was delivered for Ukrainian students from five universities.
A course structure has four parts. During the first part the course was delivered for Ukrainian mentors. During this part the course was adapted to Ukrainian educational environment and topics were improved. During the next parts students with their mentors listened to intensive courses in Linnaeus University (Sweden) and Institute of Pedro Nunes (Portugal). Also, the big part of the course was in Ukrainian universes.
The course should give to the students’ competences and experience to join their abilities to create a software project with ability to promote it to a segment of real market.
The students and their mentors visited a set of innovation centers and business-incubators in European countries. They have taken European successful experiences and approaches to overcome different kinds of problems.
The last session of the course was exam, where students presented their theoretical knowledge and a level how they have worked out their startup.
The overall objectives of this project named “National Education Framework for Enhancing IT Students’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship
” are to promote the synergy between academic programs, research expertise and businesses innovation in Ukraine. This will be achieved by instantiation of the knowledge triangle with emphasis on a student-centered structure based on innovation and entrepreneurship. Some more specific goals of the project are to develop a virtual innovative space based on social technologies to maintain contacts and enable knowledge transfer between all actors, to influence the national standard for IT education in Ukraine and to develop and deliver new courses on IT innovation and entrepreneurship. These objectives, exciting as well as defying, received excellent feedback from the reviewers: ”The project objectives are very challenging indeed, but given the planning that has gone into the project and the clarity of its work packages, there is every confidence that this project will be highly successful.”
This project is coordinated by Linnaeus University (Sweden). This project includes seven partners in Ukraine: Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Odessa National Politechnic University, Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, Vinnytsia National Technical University, Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport in Ukraine and Yuzhnoye State Design Office. From the rest of EU it includes following partners: Dublin City University (Ireland), Oxford Brooks University (UK), Pedro Nunes Instiutute (Portugal), IKEA (Sweden) and SIGMA Kudos (Sweden).
The project has started on October 15, 2012 and will continue until September 2016. T