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Connecting Science-Society Collaborations for Sustainability Innovations

Funding: EU-Tempus IV-6th call for proposals: Joint Projects
Amount of Funding: € 968.205,72
Duration: 12/2013 - 11/2016
Lead partner: RCE Graz-Styria/Universität Graz
Partners: EU: BOKU Wien (Austria), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Germany), University of Limerick (Irleand); Albanien: European University (Tirana), Polis University (Kashar), Aleksander Moisiu University (Durres), Agricultural University of Tirana, Center for Comparative and International Studies (Tirana); Kosovo: Universum College (Prishtina), University Haxhi Zeka (Peje), Riinvest College (Prishtina), Institute for Development Policy (Prishtina)
Project management and contact person: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friedrich M. Zimmermann



Addressing the Western Balkan regional priority 'knowledge-triangle education-research-innovation' this project aims to establish a regional science (involving higher education and research)-society (involving practice) network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo.

The wider objectives are to strengthen the connection and collaboration of higher education institutions, research and practice as well as to promote mutual learning and innovative sustainability issues and methods through structured workshops to support capacity building as well as systemic and holistic thinking. Therefore the specific objectives are 1) to identify regional stakeholders in the field of higher education, research and practice for sustainable development; 2) to establish a science-society network for sustainability innovations; 3) to develop innovative teaching materials and methodologies for higher education institutions; 4) to develop and run structured workshops and trainings for science-society collaborations.

To achieve these objectives, the consortium members were selected due to their methodological competencies, capacities and know-how. Furthermore, they provide a comprehensive representation of the project's stakeholders. Therefore, the consortium consists of 4 AL and 3 XK universities, and 4 EU universities. Furthermore, 2 civil society organizations, one of each partner country, and 2 Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on ESD are involved.

The direct target groups will be higher education institutions (esp. lecturers, researchers and students), research institutions and regional stakeholders like enterprises, NGOs and regional development agencies. Furthermore policy makers will benefit indirectly.


RCE Graz-Styria – Centre for Sustainable Social Transformation
Heinrichstrasse 18, 3rd floor 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8895


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