The following stakeholder groups are involved in the project:
- University Faculties, Centres and Laboratories: which are involved as the partners from previous projects; will use and develop deliverables on Curriculum , appropriate short term training courses and the ABioNet in general.
- Small and big local and international biobased production companies, who can become a partner in ABioNet. This will bring vice versa benefits to the Academic field and entrepreneurs giving from one side graduates with appropriate skills and credentials, ideas for new start up projects and academic field additional support for organization of students internships etc.
- The Network will support organization and systematization of education, business and innovation links in the strategic field like bio based production, technology and science. The newly developed interdisciplinary curriculum will support development of not only academic and specific knowledge and skills, but also will support development of new skills of innovative thinking and entrepreneurship. The strategic documents on development and integration of start up project ideas in the curriculum will be effectively integrated and used within the network with support of programme countries and international food association experience.
Dissemination, trainings and workshops will increase academic staff knowledge and interest entrepreneurship in the field of bio products will support collaboration of business and academic field and will enhance international joint masters’ development possibilities with science and entrepreneurship components. This will give lecturers an opportunity to participate in local and international trainings, to share their experience with outstanding European specialists mutually improving their skills and abilities, which later on will be transferred to the students and researches that have innovative products/ideas which they want to bring to live. The partner universities will also involve students studying in their branches located in different regions of Armenia.
The immediate impact lies within the partner universities and their immediate student groups. Local university partners are trained about development of practice based Maser programmes, and integration of entrepreneurship in curriculum structure and content. New links established between universities and appropriate entrepreneur organizations or incubators of ideas. Links with international networks related to food and bio based production established, possibilities for joint resource sharing and ideas generation opened. Innovative approach for teaching and learning introduced for the first time in Armenian Universities. The Armenian and European HEis are able to share their resources and skills within the MSc programme or other cooperative projects, including start up. The target audience of the project are master students, PhD students, researchers, and academic staff of corresponding universities.
The project targets students and researchers in selected scientific fields in Armenian universities. The ABioNet will operate using web based approaches and intranet system Developed by support of all partners, but especially YSU and UCP. All the links and connections will be written down on the network operational and sustainability plan, which will be available for all partners. Old partners and new partners joining the network will have an agreement with the board of the network that will be established during the project life time. All the products, including the Master programme, handbooks and training materials developed will be available in bilingual format and will be available from the web site. The Master programme as well as the training courses will be integrated within the universities
structures and will operate using the ABioNet opportunities which will be supported by all involved partners. The joint start up projects, as well as joint Master programme/s will be developed and operate, where the links with universities and appropriate enterprises will be strengthened. So the infrastructure will allow the further transfer of the new skills and knowledge generated. It is also expected that interuniversity, as well as university-business-cooperation established within the ABioNet are structurally maintained due to mutual interest and regular communication from all sides.