Tech Students, Entrepreneurial Routes

Project: Research

Project Details

Description

TECHSTER (funded by Erasmus+ EUR 285,150 in total) aims to enhance (international) entrepreneurial and soft skills and attitude of teachers and students in HE by creating an entrepreneurial dimension to technical education and strengthening the local and European (industry) network of HE institutions. This offers a solution to EU wide unemployment by enabling young people to create their own employment and become successful entrepreneurs that look beyond country borders. The materials will be easy to implement in existing education, where the primary goal is not specifically to teach how to become an entrepreneur.

TECHSTER has a strong added value at EU level, as it encourages the cooperation of different nationalities, cultures and fields of education. The lack of entrepreneurial behaviour of technical students has been recognised all across Europe, HEIs have a common issue to work on. By collaborating internationally, it’s possible to gather best practices, examples and experiences EU-wide. As the project focuses on entrepreneurial and soft skills, it is needed to explain both, taking into attention that soft skills are part of entrepreneurial skills. Entrepreneurial skills, in the context of the tech-STER project, are not primarily meant to start a business, but for the students to use in future workplaces. So in this case it is more about trying something new or making the process better to enhance efficiency or increase results while working for an employer. These skills also contribute to the process of starting their own business. These skills could be problem-solving and analytical skills, but also influencing skills. 

Soft skills are complementary to hard skills (which are needed for a specific job) and involve living and working with other people. Soft skills are related to communication, teamwork, leadership and organizational skills. There are different academic disciplines and corporate cultures which have different terminologies for each of the mentioned concepts.

Leader: UNIWERSYTET LODZKI, Poland. Consortium members: COVENTRY UNIVERSITY UK; A & A Emphasys Interactive Solutions Ltd Cyprus; STICHTING INCUBATOR Netherlands; EGE UNIVERSITY Turkey; Laptify B.V. Netherlands; FEDERATION OF ASSOCIATIONS OF SCIENTIFICALLY TECHNICAL NOTES COUNCIL OF THE ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI REGION IN SZCZECIN Poland
AcronymTECHSTER
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/10/2030/09/22