Collaboration between higher education institutions and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises is always considered instrumental to realize the “knowledge triangle”, enhancing innovation, bridging the mismatch between supply & demand for skills and shortening the transition between the world of education and the world of work.
The university / industry collaboration is often analysed from the perspective of large universities and big corporations. Seldom the analysis or model for university / industry collaboration involves the “micro” level, let it be smaller universities and smaller companies
JUST (Joint University/SME Training) aims at bridging the gap between the world of education and the world of work, by bringing together Universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop coherent, relevant and up-to-date curricula, using micro-credentials.
To overcome the lack of functional mechanisms to facilitate HEI-SME interaction for joint teaching (development and delivery of training), WBL and placement, JUST will develop innovative operational tools to equip HEIs to broker collaborations with SMEs; the tools will also empower SMEs to understand the value of collaboration with HEIs for the development of skills and competences of the future workforce