ERASMUS + SMART PROJECT INFORMATION DAY AT YSULS
Within the framework of ERASMUS + SMART INFORMATION DAY at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences Erasmus+ KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education “Fostering University-Enterprise Cooperation and Entrepreneurship of Students via SMART Cafes” (SMART) project was presented on November 5, 2018. The project outcomes, target groups and other details were presented during the information day.
It is worth mentioning that YSULS is one of the Armenian partners of “Fostering University-Enterprise Cooperation and Entrepreneurship of Students via SMART Cafes” (SMART) project (https://www.smartcaffe.eu/): Besides YSULS, Gavar State University and “Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan” NGO are involved in the project consortium. “Armenian progressive youth” NGO and the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia are the associated partners of the project.
The project is coordinated by Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (Greece). SMART project at YSULS is coordinated by YSULS CAREER CENTER.
Levon Babamyan, Head of Career Center and SMART national coordinator, highlighted the importance of the innovative SMART centers at the HEIs for the career development of the students and the youth in general: “These projects are of paramount importance, as they are unique places, where the students can generate their ideas, whereas the project will provide technical support”.
SMART project proposal is concrete response to the challenges that address Armenia, Moldova and Belarus. The aim of the project is to encourage students’ entrepreneurial intent and support open innovation approach in collaboration between companies and universities in creative, supportive and motivating environment – SMART Caffes.
YSULS Career Center Specialist, SMART project assistant Ani Hovsepyan pointed out the target groups of SMART project: researchers, enterprenures, employers, students, graduates and various SMEs: “The following products are expected to be sustainable long after the end of the project: 7 SMART Caffes (SCs) & their network, new trainings elaborated for teaching stuff and students, as well as SMART Channel”.
The Information Day hosted one of the consortium partners from Armenia, Artur Ghazaryan, who is the President of “Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan” NGO. He presented the organization, role of the organization in the project, as well as the social entrepreneurial projects coordinated by the NGO.