Collaborative European Research Projects

 

Since 1995 European Research Projects have been performed developing new methods, tools and approaches in Europe-wide partnerships. These projects are faciliated by the European Commission - Lifelong Learning Programme.

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European Research Projects

InnoTeach

2016 - 2018

Slovenia, Austria and especially Hungary are lagging behind most developed economies in innovation and economic results. One of the important obstacles is the educational system which has not yet adapted to the needs of the modern society. Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship (CI&E) are crucial competences
that cannot be taught in a simple manner. The project aim is to trigger different way of thinking in primary schools and to show that creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship is crucial for success - anywhere; in all subjects, in daily situations in school, in real life challenges, and to teach participants how to do that in
practice.

ISCN has developed the innovation manager training program in the EU project ORGANIC (2005 - 2007) as the prime. This project formed the basis for various further initiatives led by different universities and national training bodies (Researcher - Entepreneur in 2010 - 2011 led by Grenoble INP in France, I2E Idea to Enterprise 2012 - 2014 led by RPIC-VIP in Czech Republic, and mow InnoTeach led by Koronoa in Slovenia 2015 - 2017).

In InnoTeach the innovation principles (ability to analyse and solve problems, ability to network knowledge etc.) will be included from primary school to secondary school level and then connect to the university (where we already implemented ResEUr).

The vision is build on the ability of the youth to build our innovative future. The kick off meeting took place at a school in Ljubljana, Slovenia with a core group of teachers from Slovenia, Hungry, and Austria. The “InnoTeach” project is financially supported by the European Commission in the Erasmus+ Programme under the project number KA2-SE-33/16.

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Automotive Engineer

2014-2016

In November 2014 we, a European project consortium of training and consulting organisations from the Netherlands, Ireland, France, and Austria started developing a training for the automotive industry. We are doing this in very close cooperation with major automotive OEMs and Tiers, as well as the international ECQA certification association are currently developing a VET training that prepares recent graduates for successfully making their first steps in the automotive industry as an automotive engineer. The objective is to come up with a concise curriculum that delivers fundamental knowledge and skills that form the basis of the growing variety of engineering job roles in the automotive industry.

This collaborative activity has been inspired by major industry stakeholders who have been observing that engineering graduates without prior practical experience in the automotive domain have hardly any specific knowledge about the automotive industry, which is after all one of the key pillars of the European and worldwide economy.

The “Automotive Engineer” project is financially supported by the European Commission in the Erasmus+ Programme under the project number 2014-1-NL01-KA200-001189.

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LEADSUS
2014 - 2015

Leadership in sustainability - Sustainability Manager

The general objective of this program is to transfer and integrate a new skill at the level of European industry and institutions. The Sustainability Manager Training program is certified within the ECQA framework.

-  Adaptation, harmonization and refinement of existing training material (Environmental Management System, Business Management, IDesigner) and Integration into a professional training program dedicated to professionals from companies, institutions and VET organizations;

-  E-learning platform creation within ECQA framework and allowing training for different trainees from different EU locations in sustainability management.

- Capability adviser - Process management software tool extension with Sustainability Management - assessment section.

-  Testing/piloting the training program in two of the participating members' states.

-  Capacity building in Sustainability Management in 3 countries (Romania, Slovenia, France)

 

 

 

AQUA
2013 - 2014

AQUA – Knowledge Alliance for Training, Quality and Excellence in Automotive

The core idea of the AQUA course architecture is to integrate three sophisticated and highly relevant topics and international standards in automotive industry: Automotive SPICE® (ISO/IEC 15504) for system development process quality, Functional Safety for engineering of safe cars (ISO 26262, IEC 61508), and Six Sigma for high quality production. All three are de‐facto mandatory for Automotive.
One of the challenging tasks in AQUA is to distill the essence from and uncover conceptual links between these up to now separate fields of expertise. In theory this should lead to synergies in learning, and even more important, to gain much deeper insight by cross‐linking concepts from all three specialist’s areas.

AQUA has established by end of 2013 a baseline 1 of a "Baukasten" of such learning modules which offer the first time an integrated view of all 3 methods. In 2014 this program is rolled out to the Automotive clusters in collaboration with regional bodies and Automotive clusters from different EU countries.

I2E
2012 - 2014

The motivation for this project proposal lies in the lack of a European-wide valid set of training modules and certification of entrepreneurial skills of young people. Europe is far from exploiting its potential of successful entrepreneurship in secondary and higher education, because it often fails to mobilize the right innovative resources and young brains.

Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship are closely linked to one another, and they are considered as the keys to a wealthy and sustainable economy. The best way to turn research into innovations is to consider key innovation factors from the earliest phases of research all along the way to products and services. Creating successful and sustainable enterprises is then the logical next step, which can be leveraged significantly by the early sensitisation of creative minds for entrepreneurship.

From Idea to Enterprise project is built on the ECQA Certified Researcher-Entrepreneur training and certification program (http://www.researcher-entrepreneur.eu/).

 LSSH
 2012-2014

LSSH - Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare

Healthcare organisations must constantly work to improve their knowledge of quality control in response to increasing requirements for higher quality, shorter lead times and lower operational costs. Therefore training employees in process improvement is crucial in optimizing the operation and outcomes of these organisations. There is much that can be learned from other sectors. Lean and Six Sigma have been applied for many years in industry, food production and transactional processes, to reduce lead times by eliminating waste and to improve quality by reducing variation.

More Information can be found on www.lssh.nl

SafEUr
2011 - 2013

The functional safety of modern products containing embedded systems has become a first priority in several industrial sectors. The IEC61508 group of standards require companies to have in place "Functional Safety Management".

The objective of SafEUr is to create a European-wide accredited training and certification program for Functional Safety Managers, based on a skill card which is compliant to the European Qualification Framework. It will deliver modern e-Learning based training, that is based on practical case studies and best industry practices. This training will be complemented by a world-wide unique web-based integration platform for industry and academia in the domain of Embedded Systems. SafEUr trainers and trainees will be trained and certified all over Europe, assuring a major impact and sustainability of the program. High-impact international dissemination channels to industry and academia will be deployed in order to involve and inform external partners.

 

VALO
2011 - 2013

All projects need to valorise their results for maximising achievements and increasing sustainability after their lifetime. This includes transfer of results and best practices to different and broader contexts; potential tailoring to the needs of others; continuation after the funding period has finished; influences on policy and practice; serving the public good. The emphasis is on optimising the value of a project and on boosting its impact.

Many European and other projects seem to be missing a good valorisation strategy. Projects seem to be carried out in isolation and to finish without essential impact. In addition there is a lack of skills for carrying out valorisation actions. The general aims and objectives of the project are to create a new certified Valorisation Expert profession adding to the 18 existing certifications in the European Certification and Qualification Association (ECQA).

The objectives of the EU project VALO (Valorisation Expert Training and Certification) are to:

  • develop an online accredited programme of study for the job role of a Valorisation Expert;
  • pilot the programme in participating organisations/member states of the project partners;
  • refine the programme based on systematic feedback;
  • disseminate project results via a range of channels, including a major European conference;
  • ensure the self-valorisation and sustainability of the project and its outputs through the ECQA and other bodies. The content of the valorisation qualification includes: 
  • importance of valorisation for raising awareness (social competencies);
  • study and development of robust dissemination models and policies, strategies, processes, as well as follow-up mechanisms for successful valorisation of results, including identification of barriers to valorisation (managerial competencies);
  • measurements of quality and effectiveness of valorisation activities (administrative competencies);
  • assessment of the impact of results and valorisation actions (administrative competencies);
  • promotion and dissemination of project results using innovative web-based electronic means, including digital media (Internet marketing, social media marketing, mobile marketing) (technical competencies).

 

SIMS
2011 - 2013

Social technologies are strategic for corporations in the XXI century. Social Web enables the communication with customers, business partners and encourages collaboration inside the company. However, the integration and the use of these technologies is not easy taking into account that the output of this use is wide: marketing, research, CRM, brand reputation, cocreation...

The objective of the project is a transfer of a key skill to European industry. The Social Media Networker Skills are enriching the existing in ECQA with an additional key skill which needs to be transferred into the regions of Europe and all certified ECQA managers so far (approx. 15000 in Europe). This includes:

  • To develop an online accredited programme of study for the job role of a social media networker.
  • To pilot the programme in all participating member states of the project and refine the programme based on systematic feedback.
  • To disseminate project results via a range of channels including a major conference and special issues in top journals.
  • To ensure the sustainability of the project and its outputs through the European Certificates Association and other bodies.

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HEI-up
2011 - 2013

SMEs and Enterprises, which perform their activities on the market usually have their core business processes well managed. Identified, documented, standardized, managed, automatized business processes ensure they stay competitive on the market. Nowadays, HEIs (higher education institutions) are faced with a shift from mass education, almost uniform age group (adolescents), employment status of students and finance sourcing to very different position. HEIs should adapt to study programme specialisation, broader target age group (lifelong learning), already employed students, which come from companies and various sources and combinations of financing (state, tuitions, projects, services, ...).

Not only private HEIs, public HEIs are faced with mentioned changes also. To improve HEI clients (=students, employees, partners) satisfaction and to remain competitive, HEI’s should manage their business processes similar to Enterprises and SMEs. Therefore, a business process management knowledge transfer should be initiated and maintained. Business Process Management (BPM) methodologies should be adapted to HEI specifics. Additionally, best practices of business processes from the enterprises and SMEs should be gathered, analyzed, modified and compiled into unified methodology for management of HEIs. Constant flow of BPM knowledge between HEIs and enterprises should also be maintained, to ensure exchange of fieldbased BPM experiences and theoretical knowledge. Existing BPM courses should also be improved with HEI processes best practices, to raise next generation of BPM capable students.

Main results of the "HEI-up (Improvement of Business Process Management in Higher Education institutions)" project will be: analyses of current state of BPM practices in HEIs, a set of BPM projects case studies - transferred from ENTs to HEIs, a BPM framework for HEIs, a new course unit for Certified Business Process Manager course, educated HEI management staff, consortium which gathers ENTs/HEIs on the field of BPM.

 

PAC 
2011 - 2013

PAC (Performance-centered Adaptive Curriculum for Employment Needs) is a project for development adaptive to business and employment needs curriculum on master degree level, applying performance support systems concept and principles for education in performance-centred content management learning system. We are going to develop complete programs on master degree level answering to: more higher education graduates are needed today, and the demands on university graduates are changed - there is a need of new skills requirements of many jobs not only in terms of formal qualifications but also in terms of detailed skills and competences. Identification of new demands for qualifications and qualifications profile development will input the business and employment into curriculum development and course design, to answer to the need of practically oriented/occupationally specific and designed for participants to acquire the practical skills, and know-how needed for employment in a particular occupation programmes - the successful completion of which usually provides the participants with a labour-market relevant qualification.

 

SOCIRES
2011 - 2012

The "Social Responsibilities Training and Certification Schema (SOCIRES)" project aims to develop and apply the training and certification schema for Social Responsibility Management.

Within the SOCIRES project a training and certification schema for experts in the social responsibility (SR) area will be developed. The schema will be applicable to training on the labor market and for university master students.

Every organization influences the society in some way or another. This includes influence to the health, wellbeing and life in general of employees and their relatives; influence to the environment, partner organizations and various stakeholders, including customers or consumers, workers and their trade unions, members, the community, nongovernmental organizations, etc.

SOCIRES will define a set of skills needed to analyze and define social influences and responsibilities of an organization, as well as skills needed to define procedures that would ensure the optimal ratio between social responsibilities and economic interests of the organization.

Become an ECQA certified Social Responsibility Manager!

SOCIRES

CertiBPM 
2010 - 2012

Business Process Management (BPM) is the discipline, which covers identification, modeling, analysis, documentation, automatization, maintenance and optimization of business processes.

The aim of this project is to improve existing course and educate Romanian people (students, trainers, managers and other employees), how to identify, document, manage, measure, analyze, implement, optimize, automate, maintain business processes in their companies as a part of their life-long learning and in the context of continuous improvement processes. This project will improve their management skills and also influence entrepreneurial spirit. Trainees from target groups (Romanian students and industry representatives) will learn how to get transparent insight in business processes.

Become an ECQA certified Business Process Manager!

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BPM GOSPEL
2010 - 2012

Using Governance Model for Trusted Businesses

The objective of the BPM GOSPEL - Business Process Modelling for Governance SPICE and Internal Financial Control - project (2010-2012) is the transfer of the already proved innovation from Germany to Hungary, where the existing results of IA-Manager (2005-2007) and MONTIFIC (2008-2010) training development projects are further enriched by the adapted "Stages" process management platform for multi-layer Business Process Modelling (BPM). The project aims to provide ready to use scenarios for enterprises and best practice cases for teaching and learning in vocational trainings demanded by both sides of the labour market.

 

dEUCert
2010 - 2011

The European Certification and Qualification Association (ECQA) is an European organisation aimed to consolidate training schemes, examination schemes and certification scheme for several professions (qualifications) Europe-wide. The dEUcert project (Dissemination of European certification schema ECQA) will promote the ECQA and its services:

  • the unified version of dissemination material will be developed (in English)
  • partners will translate dissemination package to local languages (13 lang.),
  • partners will act as regional centers for ECQA promotion and dissemination – they will use the translated dissemination packages to promote the ECQA on local area (60.000 individuals),
  • partners will research the interest of local market about usage of ECQA service for existing and for new qualification schemes,
  • partners will develop a database of interested parties on local market and integrate them on European level,
  • ECQA portal will be improved and content updated.

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ResEUr 
2010 - 2011

Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship are closely linked to one another, and they are considered as the keys to a wealthy and sustainable economy. The best way to turn research into innovations is to consider key innovation factors from the earliest phases of research all along the way to products and services. Creating successful and sustainable enterprises is then the logical next step, which can be leveraged significantly by the early sensitisation of creative minds for entrepreneurship.

The ECQA Certified Researcher-Entrepreneur training and certification program covers all the key aspects that are associated with these considerations upfront the process of the creation of a new enterprise, as well as with boosting the innovation power of existing companies. To this aim, it deals with

  • the process of shaping ideas,
  • innovation transfer to bring research to innovation,
  • knowledge networking leveraged by people networks,
  • the creation of learning organisation environments,
  • European and national facilitators of entrepreneurship,
  • risk consideration and mitigation, etc.

Become an ECQA certified Researcher Entrepreneur!

mobile Learning Manager (mLeMan) 
2009 - 2011

mLeMan aims to develop and mainstream Europe wide skills recognition and qualification service for m-learning managers, and other individual management level charged with evaluating sourcing or implementing m-learning solutions. Proposal is made in the context of growth of m-learning because of m-technology development and availability, and qualifications and programs paucity at managerial (as premise and stimulus to design and development levels) levels in the field.

Become an ECQA certified Lean Six Sigma Manager!

Lean Six Sigma Academy
2009 - 2011

Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools are not part of Initial VET although it is practiced in many companies. Currently employees from the work floor do not talk the same language and do not apply the same methodology in process improvement activities as Lean Six Sigma trained engineers. This will be addressed by defining a curriculum for Initial VET in a minor construction. This level is called Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. It will teach the most important tools and the overall process improvement methodology. Yellow Belt training at Initial VET will meet the labour market needs of SME companies for working on quality and process improvement.

Become an ECQA certified Lean Six Sigma Manager!

Montific 
2009 - 2010

Traditional e-learning and knowledge management contents developed by previous EU projects often succeeded in their primary user communities directly influenced by the core development groups, however wider exploitation barriers are identified, such as lack of terminology based multilingual support and communication gap between the formalized knowledge representations and the external wider users of the information and communication systems implementing this ontology.
This project supports Programme general objectives by supporting trainees and certification holders (assessors) in the acquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and qualifications of European Internal Financial Control Assessment to facilitate personal development based on multilingual ontology; and by enhancing the attractiveness of vocational education and training in mother languages and facilitating the mobility of working trainees via access of online learning, certification and assessment tools.

Become an ECQA certified European Internal Financial Control Assessor!

MPSS 
2009 - 2010

In the MPSS project ISCN tries a new performance based learning system which supports mobile learning technology. ISCN will put Automotive SPICE knowledge into the systems and will allow all mobile phone users in Automotive to access basic A-SPICE process knowledge.

 

ELM
2009 - 2010

The ELM (E-Learning Manager) Project develops under the leadership of Cork Institute of Technology the skills set and certificate for e-learning managers. The training program is put online using the previously developed PLATO system. ISCN is a partner in this project and integrates the certificate into ECQA portals as well.

Become an ECQA certified E-learning Manager!

 

iDesigner
2009 - 2010

The iDesigner Project develops under the leadership of French engineering research the skills set and certificate for integrated mechatronics designers. This is a special skills program for industries like Automotive, aerospace, medical, production, etc. ISCN is a partner in this project and integrates the certificate into ECQA portals as well.

Become an ECQA certified Integrated Design Engineer!

 

European Certification and Qualification Association 
2008 - 2010

The EU Cert Campus Project establishes an online training campus for 16 European professions using the previously developed PLATO platform. The campus is connected to the ECQA exam systems to enable European testing and certification.

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CROMEU 
2006 - 2009

In the CROMEU project the previously developed EU manager qualification is transferred to Balkan countries under the leadership of Slovenia and Croatia. Certificates are issued by ECQA.

 

IA Manager 
2006 - 2007

The IA (Integrated Audit) Manager project developed a skills set and financial SPICE assessment model based on the international COSO/COBIT standards.

The key objective of this training programme is setting up a modular structure for assessment of internal controls over financial reporting, which is commonly applicable in each sector under related regulatory directives (like financial regulation of using EU, national and other public funds; Basel II for bank sector; SOX or EU Company Law for listed companies, etc.). The project developed the course materials, the skill card, and configured the accreditation system for online learning services based on the combination of international standards and European best practices applicable both in public and private sectors.

 

E-Security Manager 
2006 - 2007

In this age of continuous innovations and technological changes, the European expansion, and the movement of Europe into an e-Europe in the next few years, the topics of e-Security became an important issue on the European agenda. The strategy for an e-Europe will only work out if at the same time the e-Security issues in the national laws and European businesses are adapted to this new form of business and networked society.
The objective of this project is to practically compare the different implementations of the EU directive and try to elaborate a common skill set (using the European skills definition standards) which is comparable among the member states.

 

PLATO 
2006 - 2008

The project basically aims to enrich existing services with regard to the recognition of work-based and work-related learning through the provision of a range of online accredited courses.
The objective in this project is to enrich the existing EuroPASS service (at least for the participating universities and their related exchange programmes in a first step - University of Valladolid, Budapest University of Economics, Technical University of Vienna, Cork Institute of Technology) by offering online accredited courses and online skills accreditation for a specific set of teaching modules and skills, with the certificates being accepted at the universities and also by industrial bodies.
ISCN uses the technology development to extend the EPI platform to become a real virtual campus to be used in industry associations in Europe.

 

European Qualification Network 
2005 - 2007

The overall objective of the project has been to establish an EU Certificates Association which supported by training organisations from European countries (currently organisations from 18 countries participate) installs a set of quality criteria and common certification rules which are applied across the different European regions in the Life Long Learning scope in the IT and services sector. This results in a pool of professions in which a high level of European comparability has been achieved by a Europe wide agreed syllabus and skills set, a European test questions pool and European exam (computer automated by portals) systems, and a common set of certificate levels and a common process to issue certificates.
The Eu Certificates Association establishes a platform for 16 European professions using the virtual campus platform of the project EPI.

 

EPI 
2003 - 2006

This EU Minerva project financed the integration of the Capability Adviser Platform (assessment of skills, assessment of processes) with two Online Learning Platforms (Moodle, DIPSEIL), and with the NQA Teamwork system (development of course materials in a team online). EPI stands for Educational Partnerships through ICT and represents ta platform to establish a virtual university between companies and training institutions.

 

ManagEUr 
2003 - 2006

This project bases on former IST projects IST-2000-28162 TEAMWORK (2001 - 2002) and IST-2000-29651 MediaISF (2001 - 2002) which developed best practices for the management of e-working based smart organisations. This included best practices for e-working spaces to manage EU projects from different programmes online. Trials have been performed in 2002 (and continued without funding into 2003) in 59 organisations from 13 countries in Europe, involving above 40 different projects. The EU Manager project (called ManagEUr) uses this knowledge to develop a skill card for an efficient EU project manager including a training package and an online accessible skills portal which can be accessed by all European projects online.

Become an ECQA certified EU Project Manager!

E-Commerce Jobs 
2002 - 2003

In the EU Leonardo da Vinci pilot action e-Commerce Jobs we collaborate with educational institutions from 5 countries to elaborate skills cards for three job roles: e-commerce engineer, e-business manager, and e-strategy manager. This is an action to prepare SMEs for the future industrial changes of the e-commerce age. The project jointly develops training courses, and also delivers (based on CREDIT) a skills card and skills assessment system which is available online.

 

ORGANIC 
2003 - 2006

This project bases on different studies about innovation management which have been performed between 1996 and 2003 and elaborates key success factors of innovative organisations. These factors are taken into account for the design of an innovation manager skill card in the EU Leonardo project ORGANIC (2003 - 2006). This skill card is being configured into a skills portal and allows managers to browse required skills, do a self assessment, and receive guidance. The project develops a training programme for the certified innovation manager and offers field test courses in Europe free of cost until mid 2006. Also the project agrees a common accreditation of this certified innovation manager across a number of EU member states.

Become an ECQA certified Innovation Manager!

MediaISF 
2001 - 2002

In the EU IST Best Practice Trial Action we configured an adaptable e-working system with content exchange processes for news agencies who collaborate on the EU integration policies. This development resulted in content delivery processes, a simple user interface understandable for journalists and government personnel, as well as a solution with a Media Pool and Media Subjects on which distributed journalists can collaborate.

 

TEAMWORK 
2001 - 2002

In the EU IST Take UP Action we trialed a configurable e-working system in seven countries of Europe within the domains aerospace, defense, software engineering, public service, and research networks. Based on the feedback from users the system has been refined and an e-working system code generator has been developed which allows managers to run through a wizard and simply programme complex e-working systems.

CREDIT 
1998 - 2001

In the EU Telematics Programme within the CREDIT project we developed with a group of European partners and under the leadership of the University of Amsterdam a system for skills assessment, accreditation of skills, and the generation of learning routes. ISCN was responsible for the development of the assessment client within that client-server architecture. This work has been continued with the Capability Adviser System development in 2001 on a commercial basis.
The job roles and skills are being defined according to UK standards and based on guidelines for skill cards development in the European Union.

 

SELECT 
1998 - 2000

In the project SELECTive Browsing on the Internet ISCN Cooperates with Leading Internet Developers and the W4Group Consortium to Establish an SPI On-Line Newspaper with Search and Rating Services.

 

VICTORY 
1999 - 2000

The project Virtual Enterprise as an ElecCTronic PlatfoRm to multiplY Results develops an E-Commerce solution to establish a European platform of Process Improvement Services.

 

PICO 
1995 - 1998

The project Process Improvement Combined apprOach Gathered Experience From 30 Experts Across 11 Countries of Europe with Contributions from Europe's Leading Industry about How to Make SPI Actions Business Oriented.

HYMN 
1997 (one year)

In the project HyperWave Marketing Needs we Developed an Internet Based Teamwork and Quality Assurance Solution. This resulted in a first version of an e-working system in 1998 which later got funded as TEAMWORK in a TakeUp Action in July 2001.

PASS 
1997-1998

In the field of Pay Roll Accounting and Settlement Systems ISCN Consulted a Process Improvement Action to Prepare the Hungarian Market for the European Integration.

EPIC 
1997 - 1998

An Electronic Library of Software Process Improvement Experiences Based on Video Workshops Held in 1997 and 1998 Across Europe

BestREGIT 
1996 - 1999

Best Regional Innovation Transfer - A Goal and Teamwork Based Learning Organisation Concept

 

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