Project Objectives

HERD Training in Research and Development strategy based on the shared experience from the UCA, Batumi, 26-28 of June, 2019

On June 26-28, one of the project partners, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University hosted a three-days training within the framework of HERD project. The representatives of University of Côte d'Azur (UCA) shared their experience by using six step training, based on a participatory approach. During the workshop, several key points of the Research & Development strategy were discussed: purpose, structure, objectives, steps that are typically undertaken while building the research strategy. Special focus was on the on the importance of building an R&D strategy that requires participatory approach to mobilize all assets to address social and economic challenges and foster better cooperation of academic and public sector. During the workshop was discussed UCA experience of regrouping of Higher Education Institutions within the framework of IDEX program and the selection of the limited number of the Campuses of Excellence. Presenters provide useful information about building the transdisciplinary graduate schools with linkage to public-private partnerships, research based trainings, consultancy and UCA’s technological transfer offices. The workshop hours were actively used for identifying the HERD project partners’ R&D experience and reflection on their disciplinary research potentials, transdisciplinary research, organizational considerations regarding the research-based training, research-oriented industry, capacity building activities for empower and support young researchers, internationalization, to improve research staff management via training; overall policy and processes -  technology transfer, incentive mechanisms, HR policies, etc; The last topic of the workshop was Partnerships: contacts with European laboratories, MOU with other Higher Education Institutions, etc. In the end of the workshop HERD consortium members discussed priorities and details of their study visit in Nice, at the UNS on the beginning of October, 2019.