SCiDEV’s newest initiative that aligns with our commitment to promoting Quadruple Helix and digital transformation in Albania is U2SID project. Our team has been instrumental in the formulation of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building Project titled “University to Society Collaborations for Inclusive Digital Transformation in the Western Balkans.” This initiative builds on the achievements of the “University to Society Innomediaries in Albania: Co-Production of Knowledge and Research that Matters” Erasmus+ Project from 2021 to 2023. The core aim of this project is to advance inclusive digital transformation in the Western Balkans. This will be achieved by strengthening collaborations between universities, businesses, policymakers, civil society, and media. As a dedicated partner in this venture, SCiDEV will evaluate the digital competencies of educators, students, and professionals in higher education. Our contributions will extend to the co-development of a Digital Literacies Acceleration Programme and the Digital Transformation Challenge. Additionally, we are committed to spotlighting the significance of inclusive digitalization in the region.

U2SID Aim

To foster inclusive digital transformation in the Western Balkans through increased collaboration between universities with other stakeholders such as businesses, policy makers, civil society, and media.

The specific objectives of U2SID are:

SO1 – To strengthen digital competences of teachers, students, and professionals through the development of a Digital Literacies Acceleration Programme as a collaborative programme among universities on one side and businesses, civil society, local decision makers and media on the other.

SO2 – To improve innovative teaching methods through piloting a Digital Transformation Challenge for students as a project-based and solution-oriented learning based on mentoring, coaching and placement at businesses, civil society, local decision makers and media.

SO3 – To raise awareness on the importance of inclusive digitalisation by including vulnerable target groups in the digitalization process.

Participants

Project Coordinator:

  • UNISHK University of Shkodra Luigj Gurakuqi (Universiteti i Shkodrës “Luigj Gurakuqi”)

Project Partners:

  • UNIKO University „Fan S. Noli” of Korca (Universiteti “Fan S. Noli”, Korçë)
  • UMSH Mediterranean University of Albania (Universiteti Mesdhetar i Shqipërisë)
  • SCiDEV Center Science and Innovation for Development (Qendra Shkencë dhe Inovacion për Zhvillim)
  • CCIS Center for Comparative and International Studies (Qendra për Studime Krahasuese dhe Ndërkombëtare)
  • NASRI National Agency for Scientific Research and Innovation (Agjencia Kombëgtare e Këkrimit Shkencor dhe Inovacionit)
  • UCG University of Montenegro (Univerzitet Crne Gore)
  • UniBelgrade University of Belgrade (Univerzitet u Beogradu)
  • UNISALENTO University of Salento (Università del Salento)

Other project info

  • Project number: 101083131
  • Project name: University to society collaborations for inclusive digital transformation in the Western Balkans
  • Project acronym: U2SID
  • Call: ERASMUS-EDU-2022-CBHE
  • Topic: ERASMUS-EDU-2022-CBHE-STRAND-2
  • Type of action: ERASMUS Lump Sum Grants
  • Granting authority: European Education and Culture Executive Agency

For more please visit U2SID wepage