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D2.1: Best practices on innovation structures with strong impact on the community

The global best practice study presents findings from five international cases demonstrating how applied research can successfully be embedded into education. These findings are meant to serve as inspiration for the next steps in the Challenger project, which aims to develop a new framework guiding the integration of applied research into vocational education and training (VET).

Four of the five cases presented in the best practice study focus on how different educational institutions have used applied research to promote innovation and learning. They include three VET providers, namely Holmesglen Institute (Australia), Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (Denmark) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Canada), as well as a university of applied sciences – the Singapore Institute of Technology (Singapore). The fifth case study examines applied research activities by the Waag Futurelab, a foundation focusing on the development of technological and social design skills as well as the promotion of social innovation.

Outcomes of the best practice study will inform the design of the »Next generation community makerspace« as well as role models and dissemination/exploration tools for the integration of applied research into VET by the Challenger project.

D2.2: Pathway to systemic solutions for applied research in VET

The objective of report “Pathway to systemic solutions for applied research in VET” is to identify the potential systemic obstacles at the regional and national level for the integration of the innovative structure of the applicative research into the VET system and develop potential solutions to the defined challenges.

Report was made on research including all stakeholders: students, general and VET teachers, headmasters and heads of units at schools responsible for cooperation with external local/regional stakeholders, as well as business partners and policymakers.

Systemic obstacles in legislation were made only in Slovenija thou the ministry is a project partner among all participating countries in Slovenia only

By this approach the report can be on one side the guideline for the development of the new structure and on the other hand the framework for success and the minimization of failure of the new structure.

The report also deals with the development of potential solutions to the identified challenges and ends with recommendations and the action plan to implement the systemic changes in Slovenia, Sweden, and Austria to enable the integration of the new VET applied research structure into the VET system.



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