University – business cooperation through success stories
Developing institutional excellence
Supporting exchange of experiences and networking between target audiences
Investigating novel approaches, solutions and models
Building international strategic partnerships
Promoting higher education, strengthening reputation and exposing success stories
establishing favourable environments and conditions for higher education
Building framework and matching policies for higher education as the driving force of national competitiveness.
Developing institutional excellence.
Building international strategic partnerships.
Developing and aiding financial partnerships.
Defining export frameworks and models according to the particular HEIs unique competences and establishing partnering channels in export markets.
Investigating novel approaches, solutions and models, as well as promoting approbations, representations and exploitations.
Promoting higher education, strengthening reputation and exposing success stories.
Supporting exchange of experiences and networking between target audiences.
Increasing social well-being for the disadvantaged by establishing favourable environments and conditions for higher education.
our focus// because we have the know-how
Our founders’ experience has been acquired having spent over ten years in the field, building bridges between policy makers, HEIs, industries, NGOs and the general public. This has enabled us to develop and promote effective tools that alert higher education stakeholders of the challenges and solutions for competitive higher education. The following types of projects have been covered:
Strategic planning and research
Undertaking competitiveness review, institutional analysis, and HEIs benchmarking.
Providing long-term planning for strategic development, incl. vision and strategic development maps for HEIs.
Developing short-term action plans for HEIs.
Gaining practical experience in HEIs academic work and governance.
Financial and strategic partnerships
Representing interests of financial partners and coordinating the promotion of higher education excellence initiatives.
Developing full documentation for a grant programme in higher education as per financial partner’s request.
Establishing international partnerships between HEIs in EU and third countries for reputation and knowledge transfer purposes.
Studying and gathering information about industry needs and expectations.
Matching industry needs with the HEIs potential and defining any required refinements.
Constructing short and long term models to excel cross-industry partnerships.
Strengthening the reputation of higher education with public relations tools.
Implementing HEI communication / communication crisis plans.
Organising large-scale higher education public events.
Facilitating networking for students and alumni.
Projects// our work
The project “University – Business Cooperation driven by Success Stories”, covering 5 countries, namely Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Norway, is developed to achieve following objectives:
- To foster regional competitiveness through University-Business Cooperation (UBC) Success Stories
– Promote excellence in education
– Support education to deliver skills according to labor market needs
– Enhance foundation for advanced lifelong learning programs
– Drive innovations and industralization
– Help to solve youth unemployment problems
- Drive and enhance cross-sectoral partnerships, particularly among higher education institutions (HEIs) and industries/employers/business
- Encourage systemic cooperation in exchange of experience between HEIs in the Nordic countries and the Baltics and thus further strengthen the region’s educational-business network
- Foster knowledge transfer for more prosperous regional development (from Scandinavia to Baltics)
The project “University – Business Cooperation driven by Success Stories” enhances cooperation between higher education institutions and businesses, not only identifying most important prerequisites and criteria that make UBC successful, meaningful and valuable, but also developing and make public the collection of various UBC case studies across 6 fields of cooperation:
1) research and development,
3) commercialization of ideas,
4) curriculum development,
5) lifelong learning and
The Project is funded by The Nordplus Horizontal Programme: a cross- sectoral programme which supports innovative projects spanning from traditional categories and sectors to new, different, broader or more complex issues and challenges.
Partners// NGO’s, employers’ organizations, higher education institutions
The partners of the project represent three sectors: NGO’s, employers’ organizations and higher education institutions.
Stockholm University, Sweden
Stockholm University is one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutes. There more than 60,000 students and 5,000 staff are active within science, the humanities and the social sciences. Researchers of Stockholm University contribute to the development of public policy and political decision making, and participate in Nobel Prize Committees and international expert bodies.
University of Turku, Finland
The University of Turku is an internationally competitive university, the operation of which is based on high-quality multidisciplinary research. The University promotes free research and academic education and provides higher education based on research. The University is part of the international academic community and works in collaboration with society. With its seven faculties, 11 independent units and 20,000 students is the second largest university in Finland as measured by student enrollment.
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Vilnius University, one of the oldest and most prominent higher schools in the Central and East Europe has 23 core academic and other equivalent divisions – 12 Faculties, 2 Institutes with faculty rights, 5 research institutes, and 4 inter-faculty Study and research centres. There are about 20 000 students studying at the University and there are 1668 academic degree holders working at the University.
Vilnius University is distinguished for its outstanding achievements in science and carries out fundamental and applied research in all areas of science. In 2008-2013 researchers of the University were authors/co-authors of more than 40 patents. In 2013 Vilnius University has established 4 registered open access centres (IT, lasers, physical sciences, life sciences). Vilnius University has 6 start up companies from biotech and physics sectors. Also the University is licensing its inventions to national and international companies.
University of Stavanger, Norway
The University of Stavanger in Norway has about 9200 students and 1300 faculty, administration and service staff.
Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organized into three faculties, comprising a total of 14 departments/schools and two National Research Centers, as well as the Museum of Archaeology.
Besides University of Stavanger has a tool for commercialization of research ideas – Prekubator Technology Transfer Office and a tool for running incubator activities and helping new enterprises start up – The Stavanger Innovation Park.
The Employers’ Confederation of Latvia, Latvia
The Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) is the largest organization representing interests of employers in Latvia. LDDK acts as a partner in socioeconomic negotiations with the Parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia as well as member of Europe Business Confederation “BUSINESSEUROPE”. LDDK unites 68 sectorial and regional employer associations that take a significant place in Latvian economics, as well as enterprises that employ over 50 people. The members of LDDK employ 37% of employees in Latvia.
The mission of LDDK is to enhance effectiveness of entrepreneurship and employment development by taking into account the interests of society at large and to support development of Latvian employers and their organizations.
One of priorities of LDDK is to ensure human resource development according to the needs of economy which involves intensive work on education development, especially VET. LDDK coordinates involvement of employers in 12 tripartite sectorial councils which were created in 2010 to ensure employer participation in ongoing VET reform, as well as to enhance cooperation between education institutions and the employers.
University of Latvia, Latvia
The University of Latvia with its 15’000 students, 13 faculties and 21 research institutes is the largest higher education institution in Latvia and one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in the Baltic States. At University of Latvia, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas of inquiry: the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education sciences.
SMK University of Applied Social Sciences, Lithuania
SMK University of Applied Social Sciences is one of the largest private Universities in Lithuania according to the number of students and is offering non-university higher education. The studies in the SMK are being provided in two languages and in 14 study programs.
Besides University has an extensive experience in provision of services for business and public sector institutions, it is being done through the Science and Business Center.
Helena Bruzelius, Communications Strategist at Stockholm University
Helena works with brand management at Stockholm University. She has more than 20 years of experience from work with strategic communication, brand development, business development, marketing and sales, project- and process management within the private and the public sector – i e Nielsen Marketing Research, Kraft General Foods, Civil Aviation Authority – Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Blomquist Annonsbyrå (advertising agency).
Petteri Sinervo, Head of development at the Business and Innovation Development Center of the University of Turku
During the past 15 years Petteri has been leading dozens of business development, venture creation and start-up projects. He is also a lecturer in the fields of IPR utilization, SME finance and growth management. Prior joining the university he held executive positions in software business. Petteri has a master degree both in business economics and law.
Elisabeth Faret, Manager of UiS EVU at University of Stavanger.
UiS EVU is the Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning unit of the University of Stavanger.
Elisabeth’s recent managerial positions include heading up the business division of Fokus Bank (Stavanger), the market development activities of Greater Stavanger (regional OBC seup), and being Regional Manager of KLM Royal Dutch Airline/Air France. Elisabeth is an expert catalyst, and has active positions in a number of associations and organizations, primarily regional. Elisabeth has her MBA from the Norwegian Business School in Oslo, and she has studied at the University of Tromsø, the University of Bergen and the University of Stavanger. She is also a board member of The Norwegian Ice Hockey Association.
Anita Līce, Adviser on Education and Employment Affairs at the LDDK
Anita is also a member of the Advisory Committees on Vocational Education and Training and on Free Movement of Workers of the European Commission and Alternate member of the EUROFOUND Governing Board. Before her work at LDDK, Anita had been a vice-chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU), being responsible for organization’s management. She had been working also for the Ministry of Education and Science. Anita has higher education in Mathematics and Education Science from the University of Latvia.
Monika Kavaliauske, Head of Intellectual Property Management and Commercialization Department at Vilnius University
Monika has worked in a high tech business, including such sectors as IT, pharmaceuticals and biotech. Moreover she has experience in international and national research and development projects, acting as projects manager.
Inga Sina, coordinator of „Establishing industry sector qualification system and improving effectiveness and quality of professional education”, LDDK
Inga has a PhD in economics. Her professional experience includes employment in LDDK, National coordinator of EU projects, Project of European Social Fund „Establishing industry sector qualification system and improving effectiveness and quality of professional education”, JSC Rietumu Bank, Head of the Board of daughter company, University College of Economics and Culture. She is also a member of Latvian association of Economists.
Mikus Losāns, Head of Business incubator of University of Latvia, young entrepreneur
Mikus is leading and developing preincubation phase incubator at University of Latvia with target to make an organization that will help students, who want to become entrepreneurs, to develop business and to get to the point, when the student can go further on his own with viable business project and viable team.
Matiss Neimanis, Manager of Innovation center at University of Latvia
In order to test knowledge in field of innovation and entrepreneurship in practice, he is going to be responsible for starting and running “Green Industry Innovation center” or Green Technology incubator established by two largest universities in Latvia (University of Latvia and Riga Technical University) together with partner from Norway (SIVA).
Mr Neimanis has studied in Latvia and in Norway taking the best from both education systems. He is the one who has followed the trend of multidisciplinary and got doctoral degree in sociology despite previous education has been in field of economics.
Henrika Sakiene, Head of International Business and Marketing Chair at SMK University of Apllied Social Sciences
Henrika has a 7 year experience as a director of international company and a wide experience in business management. She is working as a business consultant for more than 10 years. Recent 5 years Henrika is a lecturer and Head of International Business and Marketing Chair in the SMK.
The Knowledge Triangle Network (K3network) was established in 2012 with the objective to foster excellence in higher education through developing strategic interdisciplinary cooperation and knowledge transfer tools within the EU and elsewhere.
Lina Dzene // Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board
Elina Vikmane // Co-Founder, Member of the Board
Sandis Kolomenskis // Co-Founder, Member of the Board
Kitija Freija // Co-Founder