The University of Bari Aldo Moro, founded in 1924, is currently made up of 24 departments covering all fields of basic and industrial research. The university offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The UNIBA departments have a long tradition of studies and research, for which they use advanced technology and a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach. The University has participated and is beneficiary of numerous national research projects (PON, Laboratory Networks, PRIN, FIRB) and international (FP7 and H2020 cooperation and people), educational projects (Erasmus +, LLP-Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, TEMPUS IV, LLP -Leonardo and Jean Monnet) and cooperation programs (IPA, Interreg IIIA Italy-Greece, ENPI-MED). Several departments, centres and laboratories of the University of Bari work on cultural heritage research and training . The Department of Humanistic Studies (DISUM), with its archaeological and digital laboratories, promotes and coordinates research and training on methodological and technological innovation applied to the various classes of tangible, intangible and digital cultural heritage. DISUM promotes digital awareness and culture as well as Digital Cultural Heritage education. To this end, UNIBA is part of digital cultural heritage school programme: Digital Cultural Heritage, Arts and Humanities DiCultHer, for which the coordinator is the Apulian DiCultHer Pole for Training and Research in Digital Cultural Heritage, Arts and Humanities. UNIBA has also signed agreements with local and national authorities, research institutes and educational agencies aimed at implementing projects to enhance the cultural heritage, history and landscape in the region and national. In 2015, the University of Bari together with the Polytechnic of Bari created the BaLab, which promotes the exchange of knowledge among young people with different levels of schooling, with the aim of involving them in a training program to create business and encourage entrepreneurial awareness, find innovative solutions and foster the cultural growth of young people by preparing them to face the digital challenges of the work world. University of Bari and DISUM also collaborate with the Regional Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Landscape for Puglia, the Pugliese Public Theater of the Puglia Region, Pugliese Museum Pole, in the planning and programming of educational interventions for young people aimed at creating awareness of the value of cultural heritage and the opportunities for cultural, social and occupational growth that digital offers. Together with the national DiCultHer Network and as coordinator of the Apulian DiCultHer Campus, UNIBA participated in the organization and support of the national Crowddreaming initiatives, Expo ASL Cultura 2017.
EGInA Srl is a private training agency and youth work organisation, operating in the field of EU projects and grants. The company has been founded by a team of project managers with long-term experience in the preparation, submission and implementation of project proposals, as well as in the coordination of international partnerships and the administrative and financial management of actions at local, national and EU level. EGInA Srl is located in Foligno, in the Umbria Region (1,30h far from Rome by train), and it operates within a wide and consolidated network of public and private bodies, providing high-quality services and consultancy in different fields: Lifelong Learning and Higher Education We are accredited at the Umbria Region as a training agency for the implementation of training activities funded by the European Social Fund. Our training centre is composed of two fully interactive classrooms, one IT laboratory, a conference room, a bar and a restaurant. We cooperate with trainers and teachers from all over Italy, as well as outside Italy, for the planning and implementation of non-formal and formal educational activities. EU/International projects The key staff of EGInA Srl is experienced in the management of EU funded projects within the framework of different EU financing programmes. During the years we have been involved in the implementation, both as coordinators or partners, of a consistent number of multilateral projects. Transnational mobility of youths EGInA Srl is strongly engaged in transnational placement of young people, as it acts also as a sending, hosting and intermediating organization in the field of transnational mobility. On the basis of our logistic and organizational competences and facilities, we always analyze and interpret the educational and professional needs and resources of the territory, in order to offer the best international experience both at outgoing and incoming learners.
Hellenic Open University (HOU) is the only Greek state University that offers distance learning study programmes. Today, it counts more than 35.000 adult undergraduate and postgraduate students, who are dispersed all over Greece and Cyprus. Because the majority of students (approx. 80%) are working professionals who seek further education in order to improve or change their career, HOU has established a permanent connection with the market, professional networks, authorities and social agencies. The DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Social Systems) Research Group of HOU was founded in 2001 by highly skilled and motivated researchers. Its mission is to pursue the wide societal adoption of the broader Ambient Intelligence vision by realizing responsible research and innovation. The vision of DAISSy group researchers is to contribute to the realization of an advanced humane society by inventing technology that adapts and supports human needs and not the other way round! Since its establishment, the DAISSy group has participated in more than 30 national and European projects under different frameworks, having raised more than 7.5 million euro in total. The group has accumulated long-time expertise in Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems and Internet of Things, Knowledge Extraction and Semantically Rich Applications, Smart Environments, Mobile apps, Social Computing Systems, Peer Learning Platforms, Application of ICT in Education, MOOCs, Serious Games, Digital Content Production, Quality Assurance and Standardization, Competence and Qualifications Frameworks, Upskilling, Professional Development, Distance and Adult Education and Training, STEM Education, Social Research, Cultural Mediation, Diversity and Inclusion, etc. The DAISSy group has the following components: o The “Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, Quality and Ambient Intelligence” Laboratory established at the School of Science and Technology of the Hellenic Open University; o Research Unit 3 of Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus” (CTI); o The MSc course on “Pervasive and Mobile Computing Systems” offered by the Hellenic Open University. Today the group employs more than 15 persons, including University professors, PostDoc researchers, PhD and MSc holders, researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence and social sciences, experienced ICT engineers and programmers, communication experts, project managers and administrative personnel.
With 15 faculties, 5 institutes, 4 vocational schools and 12 vocational schools, Pamukkale University educates contemporary, knowledgeable, creative and entrepreneurial young minds which both Turkey and the world needs in the fields of medicine, engineering, economic sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, educational sciences and technical education. Pamukkale University, which constitutes the modern educational and service environments with all the faculties and social facilities in Kınıklı Campus and locations in the districts, is proceeding steadily and quickly with the goal of becoming an international research university. The university has adopted the principles of "cooperation, globalization and total quality management" which are the magic words of our time. University attaches importance to the exchange of international students and teaching staff and in this sense has signed bilateral cooperation agreements with many countries around the world within the scope of the projects such as Erasmus, Farabi, Mevlana and Leonardo, has been included among the top 100 universities in terms of the ranking of mobility among 3600 Universities in EU Countries. PAU Technocity, which brings scientific solutions to the prior problems of the region and contributes to the research and development activities of the industry at the same time, serves as publications, patents and research results. Providing internationally valid diploma opportunities to its students thanks to interuniversity accredited programs, apart from being a member of the European University Association, it has a modern infrastructure and a library that provides, national and international electronic databases and periodicals for use of its students and academicians. Pamukkale University, where almost every day a scientific activity (congress, symposium, panel, interview) and concert is held, is a university that produces fundamental solutions for the basic needs of the students such as housing, nutrition and health, and receives full support from the city it is located in for these issues. Naci Polat works as an Associate Professor at Tourism Faculty Pamukkale University (Turkey) specializing in Tourism Management and Sustainability. He finished his master studies in Development Policy with focus on Non-Governmental Organizations at the University of Bremen (Germany) with an emphasis in protection of climate in aviation sector and their political instruments. He received his PhD in Management from Dumlupınar University (Turkey). As an European Union Jean Monnet Scholar, he did researches on ecological management and audit scheme (EMAS) at the University of Trier (Germany). He worked as a visiting professor at University of Jaen (Spain) in the first half the year 2017. He did researches about ‘Accessible Tourism’ with sustainability indicators at IMOB in Belgium and lectured at Jaen University between 2015 and 2017. He made observations both in Belgium and Spain in terms of accessible tourism and cultural heritage management. Concerning with technical and social capacity, it will be close to his research and project capabilities to create new way of thinking about tourism for heritage sites such as Pamukkale (Turkey) and other European regions along well-designed social relationships with different stakeholders for management of cultural projects, augmented/virtual reality in culture and digital story-telling of the intangible cultural heritage.
The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) is a public university open to society and the world. It is the largest centre for the creation and diffusion of knowledge in the north inland of Portugal, developing its work in close collaboration with other universities in the country, in Europe, and in the world, as well as with the institutional and business environment. With its goal of creating, transferring and sharing knowledge, promoting scientific dissemination, fostering patent filling and consortia with businesses and institutions, the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro promotes innovation and local and regional development. Higher education institutions of the Portuguese inland, as the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, should be anchors for attraction and attachment of populations and levers to create dynamism and employment, assuming its role in the reduction of regional asymmetries, so that a more cohesive and balanced development of the country is achieved. UTAD was the first higher education institution of in the inner northern Portugal. Born as an agrarian polytechnic school in 1973, it grew as a University. Today, through its Schools of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Science and Technology, Life Sciences and Environment, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health, it offers more than 95 bachelor, master and doctorate degrees. As an institution, it has cemented its relationship with the city of Vila Real and the entire region, involving itself intensely in its development. It has transformed an old farm into a university campus which includes one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe, where species coming from all corners of the world can be observed. By choosing teaching and research fields that meet the national needs and are not yet exhausted on the labour market, the university was also instrumental in the development of the region where it is located, creating jobs and providing courses directed at the needs of the region and its population. It is, therefore, a learning and skills development ecosystem, made of multidisciplinary knowledge and an institution that values and encourages close relationships between its circa 561 teachers, 400 staff and over 6500 students from Portugal and more than 40 nationalities. As part of its Strategic Plan, UTAD`s vision is reflected in the construction of an ECO-UNIVERSITY, committed to the involvement of academia and community in shaping responses to the great contemporary societal challenges. UTAD’s 6 Research Centres are entities devoted to continued research, shared science and technology, dissemination of culture and providing specialized services. The research is one of the priority vectors, underpinning the educational offer, in particular for the 3rd cycles, and the teaching quality.