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Social network tools and procedures for developing entrepreneurial skills in PhD programmes

Project description

An innovative academic ecosystem based on social network tools

The fast-paced diffusion of digital media imposes the need for social network solutions also in education and research. The EU-funded prodPhD project is introducing innovative social network-based methodologies for entrepreneurship education in PhD programmes. The project is based on four ERASMUS+ and MSCA-ITN projects run by 20 higher education institutions from nine different EU countries and more than 25 companies and research centres. Moreover, it expands to four H2020 running projects and 16 other European associations and organisations, which form its expert advisory board. The project includes all necessary teaching guidelines, specific "learning by doing" materials for entrepreneurship training and the required prodPhD online training environment.


The main objective of the prodPhD project is to implement innovative social network-based methodologies for teaching and learning entrepreneurship in PhD programmes. The multidisciplinary teaching and learning methodologies to be developed will allow introducing entrepreneurship education in any PhD programme of a higher education institution, providing students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to engage in entrepreneurial activities. The methodology will be conceived to develop experiential knowledge, involving academics, entrepreneurship experts and mentors in its development and implementation. Besides, the exchange of experience, competences and approaches facilitated by social networking will allow crowdsourcing new ideas, improving training methodologies and stimulating entrepreneurial skills of academics.

In particular, prodPhD will deliver and demonstrate, through different pilot actions, a social network-based training methodology, which will include the necessary teaching guidelines and specific “learning by doing” materials for entrepreneurship training, as well as the required prodPhD Online Training Environment, integrating customized collaborative work and social network solutions. The outcome of the prodPhD project will be openly offered to the higher education community.

The project is built on the collaboration with four running ERASMUS+ and MSCA-ITN projects, involving 20 higher education institutions from nine different EU countries, and more than twenty-five companies and research centres. Besides, four running H2020 running projects and sixteen other European associations and organizations will also collaborate with the project by becoming members of the Expert Advisory Board of prodPhD. This collaboration will be fundamental for the specific requirements analysis and for the development and assessment of the demonstration actions to which all the collaborating institutions will be invited to participate.

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€ 59 656,25
C gran capitan, edifici c1, campus nord upc sn
08034 Barcelona

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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00

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