Training and educational paths based on the local economy excellences, business-university partnership to attract talents and foster internationalization
The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, UNIMORE, is developing a strategy of collaboration with local companies in order to prepare students in the field of internationalization processes and to help enterprises to go global. Unimore is working especially on three lines of action:1) Food Innovation Program (FIP - 12-month full time Master Program, ); 2) Cooperation Unimore-Enterprises for the development of new products/ markets (intensive workshops and internships); 3) Short Master Emerging Markets (China and India Summer school - direct experience of visiting and training on the Indian and Chinese markets, thanks to agreements with local universities, national institutional partners and businesses).
All three lines focus on the collaboration between Unimore and foreign universities and companies, through the active participation of students in programs and/or experiences of intensive training, in order to enhance the skills needed for the development of new products and/or new markets. The activities of these action lines are based on institutional agreements, which identify students as the hub for the sharing of skills to be transferred to businesses. The University has the role of 'facilitator' of exchanges and coordinates and co-finances the initiatives. Students become actors of innovation and internationalization: through integration of company's and students' competences during internships and though experiences in foreign countries
Companies sponsorship fees, accomodation, challenges and research projects within the FIP master. Companies supports the workshops and internships for the development of new products/ markets.
Evidence of success
Unimore undertakes continuos process of evaluation of potential areas of interest for the companies, number of students taking part, new agreements signed with international institutions and Universities (one interniship program is now a major teaching topic at Unimore . FIP numbers: 80 events organized, 2,500 participants at FIP events, 24 major international events attended to present the project, 24 Food Innovation Program expeditions, 80 Food Companies involved, 100 food experts involved.
Potential for learning or transfer
The BP can help create a network of multilateral relationships and foster a territorial culture in order to propel international growth of economic/social actors of the territory. It can help organizational innovation on both sides: university integrates in its institutional tasks new models of interaction with the territory and companies can find an actor to entrust with specific steps of innovation process and a partner to work with on product/market innovation activities.
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