The Erasmus+ project: “GREENOVET – European VET Excellence Platform for Green Innovation” has started!

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We are especially honored to inform the public that on 02 and 03.02.2021, the 4-year project funded by the Erasmus+ program entitled: “GREENOVET – European VET Excellence Platform for Green Innovation” officially started. The project, worth over 4,000,000 euros, includes 18 partners from 4 countries (Austria, Portugal, Finland and Northern Macedonia). Macedonian partners in the project are the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, the Association of Chambers of Commerce of Macedonia, Rade Koncar – TEP DOOEL, ASUC “Boro Petrusevski” – Skopje, and the National Center for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning (NCDIEL) – Skopje.

The GREENOVET project will result in the establishment of Centers of Excellence for Vocational Education and Training in the field of green innovation in the countries participating in the project, enabling the development of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy. In our country, it is planned that the Center for Excellence for Green Innovations will be located at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje.

In addition, the project will provide a platform for linking vocational education and training schools and universities, at regional, national and European level, by involving key partners in local and regional innovation and skills ecosystems.

The meeting was addressed by the representative of the European Commission, Mr. Joao Santos, from the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, who noted that “this project is the best rated application of the 55 projects received in the call for 2020 which refers to the “green transformation” of Europe “. For Mr. Santos, “The European Union (EU) has high expectations of this project which they consider a flagship and example at EU level when it comes to implementing the EU green agenda in the field of education and training and their connection to business It was also pointed out that the project, among other things, received the highest marks due to the involvement of all institutions representing the so-called quadruple helix, which can be seen through the partner institutions and in the Macedonian part of the team (public institutions in the field of education: university and high school, business sector and NGO sector).

Нам, на македонските партнери, оваа информација особено нè израдува и нè направи горди, бидејќи проектот беше разработен и аплициран, а сега е и воден од нашиот доскорешен соработник, д-р Бојан Р. Јовановски, кој повеќе од една година е предавач и проектен менаџер во институцијата лидер во конзорциумот – Универзитетот за применети науки во Грац – Јоанеум ( Колегата Јовановски,  сите степени на образование ги заврши во нашата земја и десет години работеше како проектен менаџер и асистент во НЦРИПУ и 7 години како соработник на Машинскиот факултет.

Сметаме дека ова е вистински показател дека македонскиот образовен систем продуцира одлични кадри и е пример како може одливот на мозоци (brain drain), да се трансформира во добивка на знаење (brain gain) и финансиски средства од ЕУ. Во име на партнерите на проектот:

  • Машински факултет, Универзитетот Св. Кирил и Методиј во Скопје,
  • Сојузот на стопански комори на Македонија,
  • Раде Кончар – ТЕП, ДООЕЛ Скопје,
  • АСУЦ „Боро Петрушевски“ – Скопје,
  • Национален центар за развој на иновации и претприемачко учење – Скопје

To us, the Macedonian partners, this information made us really proud, because the project was developed and applied, and now it is led by our former collaborator, Dr. Bojan R. Jovanovski, who has been a lecturer and project manager for more than a year in the leading institution in the consortium – University of Applied Sciences in Graz – Joanneum ( Mr. Jovanovski completed all levels of education in our country and worked for ten years as a project manager and assistant at NCDIEL and for 7 years as an associate professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

We believe that this is a real indicator that the Macedonian education system produces excellent staff and is an example of how the brain drain can be transformed into knowledge gain (brain gain) and EU funding. On behalf of the project partners:

  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje,
  • The Association of Chambers of Commerce of Macedonia,
  • Rade Koncar – TEP, DOOEL Skopje,
  • ASUC “Boro Petrusevski” – Skopje,
  • National Center for Innovation Development and Entrepreneurial Learning – Skopje
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