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Developing and Implementing Potential Academia-Industry Alliances in Mostar

Brief Summary and Key Points

As a part of the Work Package 6 (WP6), Dissemination & Exploitation, of Erasmus + programme “Promoting academia-industry alliances for R&D through collaborative and open innovation platform – All4R&D”, Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar (UNMO), Faculty of Civil Engineering organized the national event E4. The aim was to familiarize the students and other participants in Mostar with the research projects developed within ALL4R&D project and to promote the Open Innovative Platform, launched within the project.

The program started with the opening address of the Vice-rector for International relations, prof.dr. Maja Kazazić, who welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of cooperation between the industry and universities and the current research projects at Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar.

Prof.dr. Mili Selimotić held a presentation on research projects developed through the project “Promoting cooperation between universities and industry for research and development through cooperation and open innovation platform – All4R&D”. The projects intended to perform by UNMO are:

  • Concept design of the Cooperation building at UNMO, the project includes NSoft, Faculty of Civil Engineering (FCE), Design Interior Study (DIS)
  • Research and concept design of Velež football stadium, the project includes Velež Sport Society, HP Investing, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Design Interior Study
  • Concept design of the Primary school courtyards, the project includes Mujaga Komadina primary School Mostar, Faculty of Civil Engineering, HP Investing

Also, Prof. dr. Selimotić explained the innovation strategies and future LLL courses that will be introduced at UNMO. Also, prof.dr. Selimotić invited the participants to join the platform. The presentation lasted about 45 minutes.

After that, prof.dr. Mustafa Hrasnica spoked about research projects from UNSA. The presentation lasted about 45 minutes. Projects presented were:

  • Ambient vibration monitoring
  • Dynamic pile load testing

Finally, Amina Baljić, a member of the HP Investing Project team, informed the participants about the company and its’ role in the research projects presented by prof.dr. Selimotić. The presentation lasted about 10 minutes.

After the presentations, small discussion followed.

In conclusion, prof.dr. Merima Šahinagić-Isović thanked the audience for coming and called everyone present to join the platform and to encourage other colleagues and partners to join.

UNMO Website announcement is available here.

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Building Good Cooperation with Industry and Promotion on Best Practices and Field Trip to Associated Partners


The 2nd Workshop “Building good cooperation with industry and promotion on best practices and field trip to associated partners” in Bochum, hosted by Ruhr Universität Bochum took place from 1st December to 4th December 2019.

On the first day, partners presented best practices and Reports from the National events that took place in Sarajevo and Yerevan. In the second part of the day, partners presented their R&D Units, and their progress with the strategic documents, equipment and involved staff.

On the second day, partners discussed the offer of LLL courses, innovative practices and research projects. The third day was dedicated to project management issues and planning of future events.

More information about the event can be found here.

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Closing the Competencies’ Gap – Offering New Training Courses and Innovative Services to Students and Alumni in Yerevan

Brief Summary and Key Points:

  • The meeting was opened by the Chair-holder of Informatics, Computing Technologies and Management Systems, Mher Markosyan.
  • The Chair-holder of Building Structures Tigran Dadayan presented the information on the equipment for the
    Seismic Resilience Scientific-research Unit.
  • Vice-Rector on Financial and IT Affairs and NUACA Local Coordinator Marine Ghazaryan made additions on the
    acquiring equipment for the Unit.
  • Significant number of participants, particularly, students took part in the discussion.

Notable quotes:

  • Continuous training and change of occupation, internships.
  • The non-coincidence of the knowledge and skills acquired at the university and those needed by the future employers.
  • Human resource management.
  • Problem of motivation for young engineers.
  • Impossibility of working and studying at the same time when studying at Master Level.

Comments and Observations:

The round table held with the efforts of Faculties of Construction; and Chair-holder of Informatics, Computing Technologies and Management Systems, NUACA, was very successful. Many useful remarks and clarifications concerning education and qualification of civil engineers were made by almost all participants. Continuous professional development of engineers in industry is necessary because of technological advancement in materials and mechanization. Presentation of new software in education of engineers, constructors (such as Building Information Modelling, Revit and AutoCAD Sofware) was highlighted. Generally, there is a great interest in the organization of such meetings and enlarging knowledge in all aspects of engineering (legal, organizational, etc.) Besides, meetings between the teaching staff, public representatives and students is very inspiring.

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Closing the Competencies’ Gap – Offering New Training Courses and Innovative Services to Students and Alumni in Sarajevo

Brief Summary and Key Points

  • The meeting was opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.
  • Prof. Mustafa Hrasnica presented All4R&D Project.
  • Significant number of participants took part in the discussion.

Notable quotes:

  • Constant training and change of occupation, dual education.
  • Digitization – paperless design.
  • Limits of new technologies in small markets.
  • Ignorance of investors.
  • Human resource management.
  • Problem of motivation for young engineers.
  • Specialization.

Comments and Observations:

The round table held at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, UNSA, was very successful – many useful remarks concerning education of civil engineers were made by almost all participants. Additional education of engineers in industry is necessary because of technological advancement in materials and mechanization. Incorporation of new software in education of engineers (such as BIM) was stressed. Generally, there is a great interest in continuation of such meetings and upgrade of knowledge in all aspects of engineering (legal, organizational, design, contraction, etc.)

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Promotion of the Collaborative and Open Innovation Web Based Platform in Mostar

As a part of the Work Package 6 (WP6) of Erasmus + programme “Promoting academia-industry alliances for R&D through collaborative and open innovation platform – All4R&D”, at Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar (UNMO), Faculty of Civil Engineering was organized the second national event and presentation of open innovative platform.

The list of participants was created baring in mind the diversity of potential users of the platform. The invitation was sent to experts from construction industry, civil engineers, architects, designers, research institutions, non-government organizations, public authorities, representatives from academia and students.

The program started with the opening address of the Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, prof.dr. Suad Špago, who welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of cooperation between the industry and universities and the possibilities of development of both involved parties through well-designed and focused research projects.

Prof.dr. Merima Šahinagić-Isović, briefly presented the Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar and Faculty of Civil Engineering. Then, she presented the project “Promoting cooperation between universities and industry for research and development through cooperation and open innovation platform – All4R&D”, since most of the audience did not heard about the project before. She emphasized the aims and goals of the project, presented activities in the project, such as kick-off meeting in Skopje and workshop in Vaasa. In the end she presented results achieved so far, including Open Innovation Platform and newly formed Center for materials research. The presentation lasted about 20 minutes.

After that, sr.ass.mr. Marko Ćećez presented the Open Innovation Platform. He explained general idea of the platform, registration process for individuals and companies, possibility of research proposals, useful links, and other features of the platform. The presentation lasted about 15 minutes.

Finally, Amina Baljić, a member of the HP Investing Project team, informed the audience about the company and its’ role in the project. The presentation lasted about 10 minutes.

At the discussion that followed, four participants addressed the audience. First, prof.dr. Fuad Ćatović (former Dean and Rector) spoke about cooperation of university with industry and its’ importance and gave his support to the project. Admir Smajić from the company Iso-Span spoked about his company’s activities with universities and emphasized the recently agreed cooperation with UNMO. He offered students the possibility to work in theirs’ company as some further steps of cooperation. Affan Čehajić, director of Žiža consulting company, said that he and his organization support the idea, and that presented platform is excellent place to improve the communication and research possibilities. He believes that without the active cooperation of academia and industry there is no possibility for progress. In the end, Admir Logo from REDAH organization, spoked about importance of joint research project of universities and companies, but also of governmental and non-governmental organizations involvement in such projects. After every speaker, small discussion followed. Discussion in total lasted about 45 minutes.

For the conclusion, prof.dr. Merima Šahinagić-Isović thanked the audience for coming and called everyone present to join the platform and to encourage other colleagues and partners to join.

After the formal end of the event, small banquet was organized for non-formal conversation. The students used the possibility to speak to representatives of the companies, and the other participants used to time to speak about the platform in more detail and its’ possibilities.

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Promotion of the Collaborative and Open Innovation Web Based Platform in Yerevan

The meeting took place at the National Polytechnic University of Armenia, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies and Electronics, on a Thursday July 4th, 2019. 42 participants attended this event, including the Vice-rector of NPUA, who opened the meeting. The participants came from different backgrounds such as, professors, lecturers, directors and managers. The All4R&D Project was presented, followed by a presentation for the results from the ABC survey analysis.

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First Workshop and Second Project Meeting of the Project ALL4R&D

The first Workshop and second Project Meeting of the project All4R&D took place at the Vaasan yliopisto from 13 May to 16 May 2019. At the Workshop representatives from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Gradezen Fakultet Skopje Institute for Research in Environment, Civil Engineering and Energy – IECE and Yrkeshögskolan Novia – Novia UAS presented the Innovation system in their countries. The participants had the possibility to visit the Technobothnia Laboratory and Muova / Vebic lab.


On the second day of the Workshop the project partners from Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina presented the
new R&D Units that they are going to be establish, as part of the project.
On the third day the participants successfully held the Second Project meeting and agreed upon the next stages of the project.

Read more about the workshop here.

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Promoting the Project Activities and ABC Questionnaires National Dissemination Event in Sarajevo

The meeting was opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Prof Mustafa Hrasnica present All4R & D Project.
Several successful projects that were realized through a cooperation between academia and industry were shown. Significant number of participants participated in the discussion. Informal gatherings and cocktails were held.
National event at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sarajevo aroused great interest among colleagues. Participants came from various sectors: construction, design and planning, building materials production, research, teaching, representatives from planning authorities and students. Obviously, the topic Alliance between Industry and Academia (University) is a full hit. After the presentations given by the representatives from the Faculty and company Winner project, Erasmus partner from Sarajevo in ALL4R&D, colleagues from different sectors took part in the discussions. They emphasized various problems or open questions, especially some gaps between teaching and practice. Implementation of European standards Eurocodes for Civil Engineering in Bosnia and Herzegovina was also one of the key points. It was stated that buildings companies must be more involved in research, performed at the universities. The topics of master and doctoral thesis should be more connected to the practical engineering tasks, especially complex ones. Inclusion of experts from industry in teaching and research activities at the universities would be challenge and benefit for the both sides. On the other hand, more engagement of the university professors in engineering practice is welcomed as well.

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Promoting the Project Activities and ABC Questionnaires National Dissemination Event in Yerevan

The national information event of Erasmus+ All4R&D project took place at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia on 6 March, 2019. Representatives of the Armenian National Polytechnic University, Yerevan Research Institute of Communication Technologies, Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NASA, as well as representatives of the business world (Urban Development Committee, Yerevanshin LLC) were present at the event.
Rector of National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia Gagik Galstyan made a welcoming speech at the beginning of the event, as well as the coordinator of the Erasmus National Office in Armenia Lana Karlova, Director of YEREVANSCHIN LLC Vazgen Poghosyan, Head of the Construction Policy Department of the RA Urban Development Committee Artavazd Nazaretyan and Vice-Rector for Financial and Information Affairs and NUACA coordinator of All4R&D project Marine Ghazaryan presented reports. Following the presentation of the Erasmus + All4R&D project, a fruitful and extensive discussion was held among all the interested people who will be consistent of the project in the future.

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Kick Off Meeting in Skopje

On 24th and 25th January 2019 the Civil Engineering Faculty and IECE held Kick off meeting of the project All4R&D – Promoting Academia-Industry Alliances for R&D through Collaborative and Open Innovation Platform.

The meeting took place at the premises of Civil Engineering Faculty and it was attended by all 13 project partners and the Director of the National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility. The partners had the opportunity to introduce their organisations and coordinate the next steps of activity.The aim of the project is to accelerate research, innovation, knowledge and technology transfer in B&H and Armenia through enhancing strategic academia-industry alliances. The Agenda is available on the following link.

This project is funded by Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education. Follow the project activities and progress on: http://all4rd.net/

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