09 February 2017

Continuing education (ULLL) is an important component of higher education and an important supplement of traditional forms of education: it can serve as a flexible and efficient bridge between universities, enterprises and labor market in general and support the development of knowledge-based economy. However, since ULLL in Partner countries is a non-traditional form of education, the awareness about its benefits is not widely spread.

FORTUNE aims to address this problem, building up ULLL-Enterprise cooperation in order to meet the mutual needs of universities, enterprises and the labour markets in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The main aim of FORTUNE is to foster the University-Enterprise cooperation in the context of PUs’ ULLL, to meet the common needs for mutual development and to develop entrepreneurial culture within PUs.

On the basis of the research carried out under EU experts’ guidance and shared experience, ULLL-Enterprise cooperation strategies will be developed and integrated in the institutional strategies of PUs.

Advisory boards will be set up to support further cooperation of PUs with enterprises in the context of ULLL and will contribute to the development of entrepreneurial culture within PUs.

New tailor-made courses will be implemented in cooperation with enterprises, and Alumni databases and services will be developed to improve and maintain the communication with enterprises via their employees trained in PUs.

As a result of the project, the importance of ULLL as a tool for the socio-economic development of the countries will be enhanced, universities will benefit from ULLL-Enterprise cooperation by finding new sources for funding and will become more competitive on the educational market.

At the same time, the cooperation brought about by FORTUNE will contribute to equip enterprises with high qualified employees and ease the enterprises’ access to the innovative research and technological findings of PUs. 

The full partnership of FORTUNE is listed below: 

P1 EUCEN (BE) - contractor and coordinator
P2 Université de Lille 1 (FR)
P3 UC Limburg (BE)
P4 Danube University of Krems (AT)
P6 Pompeu Fabra University BSM (ES)
P7 Fundacion conocimiento y desarroyo FCyD (ES)
P8 Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (GE)
P9 Apollon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Art (GE)
P10 Caucasus International University (GE)
P11 Batumi State Maritime Academy (GE)
P12 Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (GE)
P13 Vanadzor State University (AM)
P14 Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (AM)
P15 American University of Armenia (AM)
P16 Khazar University (AZ)
P17 Baku State University (AZ)
P18 L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National university (KZ)
P19 A.Baitursynov Kostanay State University (KZ)

Project Project 586267-EPP-1-2017-1-BE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP