ELECTRONIC, DIDACTIC AND INNOVATIVE PLATFORM FOR LEARNING BASED ON MULTIMEDIA ASSETS
To transform the current European e-learning ecosystem. That is the ambition of the e-DIPLOMA project, funded by the world’s largest research program HORIZON EUROPE.
The European Association for Innovation and Growth is a partner in the project E-DIPOLOMA – ELECTRONIC, DIDACTIC AND INNOVATIVE PLATFORM FOR LEARNING BASED ON MULTIMEDIA ASSETS coordinated by the Universitat Jaume I, through the research group “Interactive Visualisation” of the Institute of New Imaging Technologies (INIT). The project is approved by the European Commission within the framework of the European Union’s top research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. The main objective of the project is to develop a new e-learning platform that will combine virtual reality, artificial intelligence, interactive technologies, chatbots and gamification.
The e-DIPLOMA project, formed by nine international entities started on September 1st 2022. The UJI leads the international consortium formed by Innogrowth-European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria), the University of Tallinn (Estonia), the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), , the CSI Centre for Social Innovation (Cyprus), the training and research cooperative ARIS (Italy) and the company Brainstorm Multimedia (Spain). The Universitat Jaume I-Business Foundation of the Valencian Community also participates in the project as a partner entity of the UJI, to support the dissemination and communication activities of the project.
In the first phase, the Horizon Europe e-DIPLOMA project will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the current European e-learning ecosystem, as well as the benefits of the latest technologies for online training, especially in experiential learning. e-DIPLOMA will analyse the usefulness of disruptive technologies to support education and training systems, specifically in practical distance learning and, therefore, the project focuses its analysis on the training levels of practical pre-university education and higher education.
In the second phase of the project, following a co-creation methodology, it will be determined which technologies are the most suitable for dealing with different types of educational methodologies.
In the third phase, the platform to be developed in e-DIPLOMA will host three educational modules that will integrate artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, interactive technologies and gamification techniques, and pilot experiences will be carried out in different countries so that cultural aspects can be taken into account when assessing the results obtained.
Finally, in the fourth phase of the project, based on the results obtained previously, the e-learning platform developed will be redesigned and redefined.
In a transversal way, the use of these new technologies and the digitalisation of training will also be studied in terms of inclusion, accessibility and sustainability. To this end, an e-learning environment will be created that will avoid raising new inequalities between people and even countries. e-DIPLOMA will investigate the potential, opportunities, barriers, accessibility and risks of the use of emerging technologies for education, in order to support the digital transformation from the understanding of the social, ethical, political and economic impacts of digital practices. Another of the fundamental pillars of the project is the adequate training of teaching staff in relation to new educational technologies.
The e-DIPLOMA project is supported by partners such as Castelló Provincial Council (Spain), CECAP Valencia-Asociación Empresarial de Centros de Formación de Valencia (Spain), Finnovaregio (Belgium), RESET-Research and Education for Empowerment and Social Transformation (Cyprus), Florida Centro de Formación (Spain), Estonian Board of Education and Youth, IES Álvaro Falomir (Spain), Regional League of Cooperatives and Mutuals of Umbria (Italy), Satori Labs (France), János Neumann Computer Science Society (Hungary), Sofia University of Technology (Bulgaria), Professor Doctor Asen Zlatarov University (Bulgaria), Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Centre (Bulgaria) and the company Senseglove (The Netherlands).
In addition, the study and results of the e-DIPLOMA project will be supported by the international expert committee composed of Vladislav Slavov, vice-dean of the Sofia University of Technology (Bulgaria), Marini Catiuscia, head of the European Office of the Department of Policy, Training, Employment and International at Legacoop Umbria (Italy), Ülle Must, director of Development at the Estonian Board of Education and Youth, Dr Tobias Ley, professor at the Danube University Krems and the University of Tallinn and Dr Frédéric Mertens de Wilmars, expert and lecturer in European and Gender Issues with extensive experience in higher education. It brings together leading professionals who will work to create a new paradigm for online learning, and to increase the resilience of the educational world linked to the digital transformation.
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International partners collaborate to promote entrepreneurship and access to finance in the Cultural and Creative Sectors
“ProCCS: Microfunding Cultural and Creative Sectors” is a project supporting the overall cultural and creative sectors (CCS) by bridging the skills gap of professionals in the sector and connecting them with the business and microfinance sector. The aim of this project is to support cultural entrepreneurs in the implementation and financing of their business ideas.
It is a well-recognised fact at the EU level that the CCS is amongst the fastest growing sectors of the economy. Nevertheless, the challenges in accessing finance are one of the most critical obstacles to its growth. Additionally, the ongoing Covid-19 crisis has particularly impacted the CCS due to the sudden and massive loss of revenue opportunities.
This project will create access to a European community of mentors who are specialized in providing online training and tutoring to CCS professionals as well as supporting their microbusiness ideas by easing access to credit and funding opportunities. The project will also support financial intermediaries in better understanding of unique needs of the CCS and to reinforce their awareness of the economic potential of the sector itself. Specifically, Pro-CCS will develop a training course for financial tutors and business development services providers, a distance training course addressed to CCS professionals, and a toolkit addressed to financial intermediators to support business start-up in the cultural and creative sector.
Pro-CCS is a transversal project, as it is led by a diverse group of partners that cover the full range of the project activities: a national public body (Ente Nazionale per il Microcredito, Italy) expert in the implementation of microfinance policies and tools at European and national level; an innovation and business centre (InnoGrowth, Bulgaria); a business incubator part of a worldwide network (ImpactHub Leipzig, Germany); one umbrella organization supporting the CCS at EU level (Culture Action Europe, Belgium); one consultancy company (Euradia Italia) specialized in institutional relations, project management and communication.
Pro-CCS is co-funded by the European Union and will run until January 2024.
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KICK-OFF MEETING APRIL 28TH-29TH 2021
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www.ikse.eu (soon available)
The new Erasmus programme 2021-2027 has been launched. The first annual work programme and the call 2021 have also been published.
The programme’s budget is €26.2 billion, compared with €14.7 billion for 2014-2020. This will be complemented by about €2.2 billion from the EU’s external instruments.
With this increased budget, Erasmus+ will be more inclusive, more digital, and more green. It will also include DiscoverEU which offers 18 year-olds the possibility to get a European rail pass to travel, learn from other cultures and meet fellow Europeans.
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На 26 януари 2021 г. Европейската асоциация за иновации и растеж (България) и Университетът за научни изследвания – Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies (Италия) в сътрудничество с Министерството на околната среда и водите и Изпълнителната агенция за насърчаване на малките и средните предприятия проведоха първия от поредицата специализирани уебинари посветени на Европейската Зелена сделка и кръговата икономика.
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По време на уебинара, проф. Никола Фабри представи PEFStarter. Това е онлайн инструмент, създаден за компаниите (и по-специално за МСП), които искат да се запознаят с метода PEF (ПООС) и да разберат неговите цели и възможности.
PEFStarter е безплатен, онлайн, лесен за използване инструмент, достъпен на италиански и английски език. Не се изисква регистрация и отнема по-малко от час.
Ако желаете да разгледате или изпробвате инструмента PЕFstarter, може да го направите: ТУК , би било много полезно ако това се случи преди провеждането на втория уебинар, който ще се проведе на 2 февруари с начален час 15:00 ч.
Тема на уебинара : Как да направим анализ и мониторинг на екологичния продуктов отпечатък
Повишаване на конкурентоспособността на българския бизнес
Всички компании знаят какво е „кредитоспособност“, всеки път, когато поискат кредит или банков заем, те трябва да се справят с този аспект. Колкото и невероятно да изглежда, банките и финансовите институции стават все по-чувствителни и към „екологичната способност“ на компаниите. Как да въведете „екологично счетоводство“ във вашата компания? Как да го превърнете в конкурентно предимство? Има ли реални ползи от екологичния маркетинг и комуникация?
Лектор: проф. Никола Фабри
Продължителност: 15:00-17:00 ч.
Какво ще научите:
Ще научите нови управленски подходи за повишаване на конкурентоспособността, как да въведете екологичен контрол във Вашата компания и какви предимства ще ви донесе;
Ще разберете кога и как е възможно да се направи LCA / PEF, какво означава „екодизайн“ на даден продукт и как това ще се превърне в основна стратегия за пазара на зелени продукти през следващите години;
Ще разберете логиката на “екологичното счетоводство” и как това може да се използва като инструмент за устойчиво финансиране и зелен маркетинг;
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Европейската Зелена сделка, кръгова икономика и измерване на продуктовия отпечатък върху околната среда
Европейската асоциация за иновации и растеж (България) и Университетът за научни изследвания – Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies (Италия) в сътрудничество с Министерството на околната среда и водите и Изпълнителната агенция за насърчаване на малките и средните предприятия организират поредица от специализирани уебинари посветени на Европейската Зелена сделка и кръговата икономика.
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Събитията ще се проведат през платформата ZOOM (www.zoom.us).
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Webinars - Bulgaria (ZOOM platform)
European Green Deal, Circular Economy and Product Environmental Footprint
The European Association for Innovation and Growth in partnership with the Institute of Management of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy) in collaboration with the Bulgarian Ministry of Еnvironment and Water and the The Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency is organising a series of webinars focused on Circular Economy and Product Environment Footprint (PEF) . The initiative is part of the European project “Environmental Footprint for Improving and Growing the Eco-efficiency”, financed by the European Union under the LIFE programme.
The main objective is to disseminate the PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) Methodology among companies of EU member states in order to stimulate the adoption of the assessment of their environmental impacts. This action it is fully in compliance with the Eu Green Deal Policy, that will be on of the main pillars of the EU strategy for the “Next Generation Funds”.
The first webinar will be held on January 26 at 3:00 pm, 2021
Topic: European Green Deal and Circular Economy
The second webinar will be held on February 2 at 3:00 pm, 2021
Topic: Product Environmental Footprint and competitiveness
The third webinar will be held on February 9 at 3:00 pm, 2021
Topic: LCA / PEF tools
For more information, please see the programme below.
THE PROJECT OBJECTIVES:
The aim of EFFIGE is to improve the environmental performance of companies operating in the various merchandising sectors; this aim can be achieved by implementing the EU Product Environmental Footprint method (PEF) described in the Recommendation 179/2013/EU.
By using the PEF as an instrument that supports the in-house decision-making process of the companies – thus removing the any informational asymmetries on the final good market – EFFIGE will sustain the pilot companies and in particular the SMEs with the aim of improving its own environmental “hot spots”, thus introducing more sustainable products and services.
The EFFIGE project furthermore aims to:
Prove the efficacy of the EU’s PEF method to sustain the improvement of the environmental qualities of the products obtained;
Help to develop and spread the environmental footprint of the EU, which has become an absolute priority in the political programme of the European Commission in terms of the green economy and circular economy. The ultimate aim is for the PEF to gain territory in Italy and the EU, focusing on sectors that have not yet been involved in the European pilot studies. Thanks to the EFFIGE project, at least 21 PEFs will be conducted in accordance with Recommendation 179/2013/EU, in 4 different yet fully relevant supply chains: furniture, foundry, agri-food, catering;
Develop “preparatory documents for the future rules on the PEF category” in sectors that are not presently covered by the PEF pilot studies promoted by the EU, with the aim of improving the comparability with regard to the environmental impact and environmental sustainability between companies operating in the same sector and, consequently, to allow consumers and companies to take more informed decisions
Remove the typical difficulties that influence the implementation of the PEF within the SMEs, by creating back-up instruments that have already been experimented in the pilot tests, and are then used more widely in other production and territorial settings;
Contribute, as requested by the Commission (Regulation 2013/179/EU), to the development of public databases that are dedicated to the environmental impact of the different manufacturing sectors, ready to be used by the SMEs to achieve the PEF;
Develop clear guidelines and approaches to streamline communications in relation to the environmental performance of the various products, thus testing the instruments and means of communication of the Union, drafting and distributing “NO Greenwashing” guidelines thanks to the activities undertaken by the work group;
Stimulate the integration of the PEF method in the other environmental policies of the UE, through various suggestions and guidelines devised by the workgroup for the integration of the PEF;
Create instruments and approaches that are easy to repeat and transfer, dedicated to the green economy and have not yet been covered by pilot studies on the PEF.
The initiative has been promoted by the Institute of Management of the Higher School Sant’Anna, which plays the role of coordinator and technical partner of the project. Along with Sant’Anna, the technical activities will be followed by Enea, the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. In addition to the two technical partners, EFFIGE has five organizations representing the before mentioned sectors: Agrica and Consorzio Agrituristico Mantovano “Verdi Terre d’Acqua”, for the agro-food industry, Assofond in the Italian foundries, Federlegno Arredo, in the furniture sector and CAMST in catering. These five organizations will help many Italian and European companies implement PEF and be “pilot experiences” of eco-innovation and competitiveness. The distinctive element of the project is, in fact, the synergy between companies, academia and associative and consortium.
For more information: www.lifeeffige.eu
The Annual national meeting on demographic issues, entitled: “The challenges of today, tomorrow and the days to come“ organized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held on December 1st 2020 at 11:00h.
The event will be open by Mrs. Dubravka Šuica – European Commissioner for Democracy and Demography. Mrs. Šuica will present the demographic challenges in the EU and the priorities of the EC.
The conference will continue with the speeches of the Mrs. Mariana Nikolova, Deputy Prime Minister on Economic and Demographic policy and Mrs. Denitsa Sacheva, Minister of Labour and Social Policy. The main purpose of the meeting is to better understand the demographic aspects and policies and the lessons learned from the pandemic COVID- 19.
We are glad to inform you that the European Association for Innovation and Growth will take part in this important event with a specific panel dedicated to the Silver Economy.
What is the Silver Economy?
The silver economy includes all those economic activities, products and services designed to meet the needs of people over 50. This concept, derived from the so-called silver market that emerged in Japan, — the country with the highest percentage of people over 65 — during the 1970s to refer to the senior market, brings together sectors as diverse as health, banking, automotive, energy, housing, telecommunications, leisure and tourism, among others.
One of the keys to the silver economy will be in technological innovation. Advances in home automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), eHealth and other services typical of smart cities, arouse the interest of a public that is mature but that is too young to feel old. Below we review the features that best define the consumers of the silver economy:
Opportunities of the silver economy
The European Commission predicts that in addition to generating billions in profits, the silver economy will significantly contribute to job creation and the European Union’s (EU) gross value added (GVA) by 2025. Below, we analyse the main opportunities offered by the silver economy:
The European Commission presented the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years. Its 12 actions focus on skills for jobs by partnering up with Member States, companies and social partners to work together for change, by empowering people to embark on lifelong learning, and by using the EU budget as a catalyst to unlock public and private investment in people’s skills.
The aim is to ensure that the right to training and lifelong learning, enshrined in the European Pillar of Social Rights, becomes a reality all across Europe, from cities to remote and rural areas, to the benefit of everyone. The Commission is placing skills at the heart of the EU policy agenda, steering investment in people and their skills for a sustainable recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses need workers with the skills required to master the green and digital transitions, and people need to be able to get the right education and training to thrive in life.
The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU Member States in digital competitiveness.
DESI is made up of 5 dimensions:
Access to a fast and reliable broadband connection (including fixed and mobile connections) is crucial in the current context, in which key societal and economic services are delivered online.
Human capital – digital skills
Digital skills are the backbone of the digital society. They enable people to use digital services and engage in basic activities online, especially when mobility is restricted.
Internet use of citizens
Internet use by individuals soared during the pandemic. Generalised confinement translated into recurrent access to social media and entertainment platforms as well as to teleworking, e-commerce and e-government services.
Integration of digital technology by businesses
As governments took action to reduce social interaction, businesses had to adapt by introducing alternative working arrangements. SMEs (including microenterprises) with low level of digital intensity find it challenging to provide their staff with the possibility to work from home.
Digital public services
The COVID-19 crisis shows how important it is to ensure the continuation of governmental activities
when social distancing measures are in place.
Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands have the most advanced digital economies in the EU followed by Malta, Ireland and Estonia. Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Italy have the lowest scores on the index.
Kick-off meeting, 13th-14th February 2020
The kick-off meeting of MovAbility – Foster Access to VET Mobility for Youngsters with SEN project was held on February 13th-14th 2020 in Vicenza, Italy. The partners were officially welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Vicenza Matteo Tosetto, also councilor for the social policies.
Main objectives of the meeting were to set the official start of the project, establish relations between all partners, provide clarification about administrative issues and define the specific work that each participant is going to make in the following months.
Furthermore, all partners presented a brief context analysis about the situation of people with special needs in Education, Work Placement and Social Life in each involved country (Spain – Montemadrid Foundation, Poland – Semper Avanti, Bulgaria – Institute of Perspectives, Bulgaria – European Association for Innovation and Growth, Czech Republic – Qualo, Ireland – North-West Academy, France – Aformac).
This project is coordinated by the Italian social enterprise FORTES and the main objectives are:
– Established or reinforced cooperation among European organisations through the exchange of experiences;
– Developed local partnerships among learning institutions, businesses and intermediary bodies;
– Raised awareness among local entities and stakeholders on social inclusion, non-discrimination, access to disadvantaged;
– Fostered the access to VET mobility opportunities for youngsters with special needs and eased their transition to the labour market, as well as their social integration.
The Erasmus+ Program has published a call for proposals for projects supporting mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport for 2020. The total budget for the year will be
The total budget earmarked for this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 3 207,4 million, in excess of €3 billion, an increase of 12% over 2019.
Education and Training: 2 943,3 million EUR
Youth: 191,9 million EUR
Jean Monnet: 14,6 million EUR
Sport: 57,6 million EUR
Both public and private bodies working in the fields of education, training, youth and sport can apply for Erasmus+ funding, as can groups of young people who are active in youth work but not formally established as youth organisations.
Deadline for the submission of applications