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INTERFACE - Developing and setting up measures for initiating, enhancing and sustaining Higher-Education-Society Cooperation
Start date: Oct 15, 2010,

The project "INTERFACE" will contribute to ensure that the targeted Universities (PCU) are able to facilitate the graduates' entrance into the labour market through enhanced partnerships with enterprises, to set up - based on these partnerships - an institutionalised life long learning (LLL) system, and to establish a quality improvement system through coordinated contact with alumni.More specifically, the project aims at enhancing the employability of alumni, at ensuring LLL and on the job training for academics, at fostering transfer and multiplication of knowledge to society and thus at combating brain drain. Moreover, the insitutionalised contact to alumni working for enterprises shall help setting up a continuous learning and quality improvement system at the PCUs which will be using the input given by their alumni.In oder to achieve these goals, firstly, each PCU will conduct an analysis of already existing activities related to the domain of this project. Additionally, good practice examples from the EU partner universities (EUU) will be reviewed. Secondly, a strategy will be devoloped at each PCU on how to fill the existing gaps when it comes to setting up linkages to enterprises and society at large. Thirdly, so called Interface Centers (IC) will be establishe at each PCU. They will be the main responsible body at each PCU whith regard to the universities' relations with students about to graduate, with alumni, with enterprises and with society at large.The ICs will launch their operations through the implementation of a pilot project at each IC. These will be dealing with either career counselling, alumni relations or LLL.The results achieved within this project will be disseminated through roadshows, open days, a webportal and a visibility package and through the final conference and local workshops which will be open to the public.3-year business plans will be developed to ensure the sustainability of the ICs beyond the project period.

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