Research Policy & Development


Modernization of WBC universities through strengthening of structures and services for knowledge transfer, research and Innovation

The WBCInno project had an overarching aim to contribute to the modernization of WBC universities through the strengthening of their management structures/services for cooperation with the world of business in the areas of knowledge transfer, research and innovation. It had as its ultimate goal the creation of strong entrepreneurial universities and innovative regions. Five specific objectives of the project were:

  1. To establish Regional University Innovation Platform (UIP) at 5 WBC universities for integration and focusing of innovation potential and for fostering technology transfer and commercialization
  2. To reinforce existing and to establish new university structures/services in the areas of knowledge transfer, research and innovation, in line with UIP requirements
  3. To support the development of Business Incubators and Science Technology Parks in the WBCs, through mobilizing university resources
  4. To develop a methodology for innovation management and networking of different stakeholders from universities and businesses, utilising collaborative software platform/tools
  5. To facilitate the creativity of young people and involvement of public/private stakeholders in all modernization processes based on the Triple Helix model of cooperation

The project was initiated as a result of identified needs of the WBC region and defined strategic directions of the region’s development. The project team had good history in capitalizing previous results of the WBC-VMnet project, which was presented as good practice at an EACEA event.
The main focus was to develop the UIP supported by collaborative software tool for innovation management, with the intention of gathering new ideas from university staff and students, and boosting knowledge  transfer and commercialization of R&D results. University structures and services were developed and modernized for efficient support in the development of Business Incubators and Science Technological Parks in WBCs.


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Tags: Balkan, knowledge transfer, Southeast Europe

Type: Networks

Program: TEMPUS

Submission Date: 02/2012

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 10/2012 - 09/2015

Project Duration: 36 months