Entrepreneurship is recognized nowadays as the driving force of a market economy and technology-driven entrepreneurship tends to become a standard for early-stage businesses in Europe and worldwide. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) holds a major part of any business nowadays and it is either the major factor or a major one in any technology driven business enterprise. The project addresses the development in Romania of education for Information and Communications Technology Entrepreneurship (ICTE), aiming to increase the development of new businesses, based on innovation and new technologies.
The objectives of this project will enhance the human capital and the entrepreneurship initiatives. The primary targets are the master programs (curricula, students and academic staff) which train students in the domain Management and Engineering and in the domain of Computer Science. Increasing the quality and quantity of Romanian information-technology driven business initiatives focusses directly the first two priority sectors of the EEA grants: Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness, as well as Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction. The Romanian students will benefit from mobilities in the partner University and the development of teachers is aimed by direct involvement between the professors from both parties and the direct implication of students. Former students which created successful start-ups will participate from the world of work in the creation of case-studies and of the lecture materials as evaluators. There is a clear recognition of the need for the uplifting the role universities in the Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem and the project aims directly this target.
The project integrates well in the efforts to increase the economic, educational and research capabilities of Romania through a cooperation project in higher education, targeted towards the education in Information Technology Entrepreneurship. The objectives of the project, together with the activities which will permit their achievement are presented in the following. The activities, shown also in the timeline of activities, belong to the classes of management and implementation activities (A), intellectual outputs/activities (O), multiplier events (E) and learning/ teaching/ training activities (C).
Objective 1. Develop the ICTE domain at UPB. The activities which will target the objective are:
Objective2. Strengthen the relationships between the Department of Engineering in Foreign Languages from FILS and the Faculty of Computer Science Department from OUC, taking advantage of the Norway part excellence in ICT based innovation. The activities to target this objective are:
Objective 3. Prepare the Romanian students in an established and competitive environment. The activities to target this objective are:
The envisaged impact on Romanian economy will be an increased number of start-ups based on technology and ICT, while the impact on the education system will be a rightful change to a domain that is currently spectacular for the economy, technology and science. As a result, the scientific contribution will increase, together with the interest of applying big or small discoveries to practice. At a larger scale, the increased importance rendered to entrepreneurship will create jobs and the conditions for a prosperous society.