National University of Laos
The National University of Laos (NUOL) officially established on November 5th, 1996, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Decree No. 50/PM, dated June 9th, 1995 is the country’s full-fledged university. The NUOL was formed by amalgamating existing higher learning institutions which were then operated under different ministries. Currently, the NUOL is comprised of 13 faculties, 2 institutes, 1 central library, 3 centers, 11 offices and 1 gifted school dedicated to students with talented skills and ethnic minorities’ background. The NUOL is set to become a core comprehensive university with high academic training quality provided in the level of regional and international standard, and serving as center of excellence in higher education and research in Laos. The NUOL offers a wide range of academic courses and programs (6 doctoral, 62 master’s and 145 bachelor degree programs). The university has a total number of 1,762 staff (47% female) with its student population of 23,861 (48% female). The NUOL has a record of more than 150 signed MOUs and agreements on academic collaboration and partnership with universities, institutions, agencies, associations, networks and organizations from over 30 countries across the region and the world.
Prince of Songkla University
Prince of Songkla University (PSU) was established in 1967 as the first university in southern Thailand. The original aims of the university were to raise the general education standards and support regional industry and development. Today, PSU is a leading public university, committed to academic excellence, reputable research and innovation. It is one of the nine national research universities and among the top 10 comprehensive universities in Thailand by Quacquarelli Symonds’ ranking. The university is proud of its distinguished record of achievements in teaching, research, development, and services to community. It has contributed significantly to the development of the country and consistently turned out well-qualified graduates of high-professional standing.
PSU is a comprehensive and multi-campus university. It offers four areas of services and operations comprising 1) 158 undergraduate degrees, 1 post-graduate certificates, 107 master degrees, 2 postgraduate-diplomas, and 53 PhD programs 2) Research 3) Academic Services and 4) Cultural preservation.
PSU’s educational philosophy is based on Progressivism, with the aim to develop students in all aspects and prepare them to thrive in their respective societies. This includes assisting them in adapting to unpredictable circumstances by using learning process methods and treating students as the center of attention. Various learner needs, such as problem solving, self-researching processes and taking action inside and outside of the classroom, are considered fundamental to PSU’s “sustainable learning” approach. Prince of Songkla University aims to apply these principles successfully, as guided by the motto of the “Prince of Songkla”, His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol Adulyadej: “Our Soul is for the Benefit of Mankind”.
Athens University of Economics and Business
Athens University of Economics and Business’ (AUEB) vision is to be internationally recognized as a centre of excellence in Economics, Management and Information Sciences and to contribute through its work in order to successfully meet the challenges of science, society and economy of today and tomorrow. In addition, the University’s overall goal is to be a role-model public University, which functions as a distinguished and cohesive academic community producing high quality research and education and which has a strong presence in the international academic scene. In a course worthy of its academic identity, AUEB is geared towards the achievement of new goals that align with the challenges of internationalization of studies, innovation, entrepreneurship, as well as development of even stronger ties with the economy and society, creation of a strong feedback relationship between the Institution, its graduates and the labour market, and final taking responsibility for a distinct social impact. The University’s mission is to produce and disseminate knowledge in areas that serve the national and international economy and society, as well as to contribute to the development of responsible citizens who are capable to innovate, contribute, participate and lead in the broader international environment.
Currently, AUEB is a leader among the Greek higher education institutions of economics and business, based on the quality and excellence of its students and teaching staff, quality and range of education programmes offered, as well as its high impact research activity. Further to its academic excellence, during the last ten years, the Athens University of Economics and Business has put significant emphasis and effort in promoting, encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation within its wider academic community.
AUEB is the first University in Greece that introduced courses on entrepreneurship in its undergraduate studies programmes back in 2003, while today hundreds of students every year attend relevant courses with modern active learning educational methods, such as case studies, simulation business games, business plan competitions etc. Since 2013, in the Department of Management Science and Technology there is a specialization on “E-Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship” offered to undergraduate students.
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai University (CMU) was founded in January 1964, under a Royal Charter granted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. As Thailand’s first provincial university, CMU was established in accordance with the government’s policy and objectives for providing the various regions of the country with centers for academic and occupational education, creating the transfer of multi-faceted research, and providing academic services to the national community in line with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, particularly serving Northern Thailand. CMU is the place for knowledge collection, studies, research, and knowledge transfer according to academic freedom based on morality and academic excellence, application and transfer, and arts and culture development and operates according to the principles of academic freedom, adhering to the truth and virtue for excellence.
Symplexis is a Greek non-for-profit organization that strives to ensure equal opportunities for all through actions and measures that build skills, empower and promote active engagement and participation focusing on the most vulnerable categories of the population and particularly those with fewer opportunities. Symplexis’ mission is to elevate social cohesion through integrated actions and project-based activities that aim at promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups at risk of marginalization and exclusion, while promoting and protecting the rights of various types of population groups that face discrimination focusing on the empowerment and support of victims, awareness raising and information sharing at all levels.
Symplexis’ activity builds on user-led approaches and interventions around four main axes of expertise, namely:
- The social and economic inclusion of those most in need comprising a wide variety of activities aimed at reducing poverty, preventing marginalisation and promoting the sustainable integration of disadvantaged groups, particularly focusing on Third Country Nationals.
- The protection and promotion of human rights through activities and interventions that address the needs of a wide range of discriminated population groups, such as women, children and elderly people, victims of violence and human trafficking, the LGBTQI community, Roma and unaccompanied minors, migrants and asylum seekers/ refugees.
- Upskilling, capacity building and empowerment of vulnerable groups with the aim to promote equal access to formal and non-formal education for all and promote lifelong learning focusing on low-skills individuals that face difficulties in (re) the labour market.
- Child and youth development through actions and projects designed to reduce youth poverty, promote child protection and stimulate social inclusion and development.
Savannakhet University (SKU) is one of five public universities in Lao P.D.R. It was inauguration and established on 27th March 2009., the founding ceremony was led by the Prime Minister of Lao P.D.R.
SKU OFFERS: 38 Bachelor degree programs (One international program) and two Master degree programs.
SKU Development is aligned with the socio-economic development strategy of the three provinces (Savannakhet, Khammouane and Bolikhamxay) and some parts of Saravan province. It provides equal access to higher education for both the urban and rural people, in particular, underprivileged people from rural and remote area.
Oudomsinh Road, Naxeng village Kaysone Phomvihane City Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR P.O.Box: 14
Telephone: + 856 41 253286; Fax:+ 856 41 252 810
BK Consult is a niche service provider, with vast -over 20 years- experience in Project Management and service delivery in funding schemes like Leonardo-da-Vinci, ESF Article 6, ERASMUS+ KA2 and KA3, ERASMUS for Young Entrepreneurs, EQUAL as well as INTERREG A and B, while they have experience in EuropeAid and World Bank Project.
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- Employment, either as facilitators through the support of start-ups and entrepreneurship, or through the effective upskilling and reskilling of employees and unemployed, according to the actual market needs. Areas of services provided cover the design and implementation of market needs analysis, the conduction of tracer studies, ALMPs and the introduction of WBL and apprenticeship schemes at a sectorial or country level.
- Social Inclusion, targeting vulnerable groups, including single parent families, long-term unemployed, minority groups, TCNs (migrants, refugees, asylum seekers) and tackling of discrimination of any kind (gender based, sexual identity).
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University of Firenze
The University of Florence is one of the most important Italian public universities, featuring 24 departments organised in 5 scientific areas: biomedical, sciences, technologies, social sciences, humanities and education. It is an important and influential center of research and higher training in Italy, with 1,800 lecturers and internal research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff, and over 1,600 research assistants and doctoral students. Moreover, the university’s intensive participation in research programmes of national and international relevance and its significant scientific outcomes have a deep impact on the recruitment and retention of international students and researchers.
Particularly, the Department of Political and Social Sciences (DSPS) brings together teachers and researchers from the area of political and social sciences of the University of Florence. The DSPS is configured as an institution in which the disciplinary vocations of modern social sciences converge - political science, sociology, political philosophy, contemporary history and history of international relations - oriented to the study of national societies, international relations, social and political phenomena contemporary, analyzed in their interdependence, in their historical roots and in the most recent transformation processes, through empirical and comparative research.