The three-year project, with a total value of nearly EUR 900,000, commenced on 1 October 2013, under the coordination of Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland, a university that has been pioneering open innovation research in Finland for around fourteen years. In 2013 LUT became one of the first universities in Europe to offer an Erasmus Intensive Course called “Open Innovation Clinic”, in collaboration with universities from Germany, Hungary, and Estonia, who are also part of OI-Net consortium.
OI-NET brings together 52 HE and non-HE institutions, including public bodies, enterprises and associations, all active in innovation management, either through teaching and research or through practice, consulting and training.
All OI-Net partners will be expected to collaborate and to share their expertise on teaching open innovation, to validate their methodologies with colleagues and to collect data from the business sector regarding the demand for graduates with skills and knowledge on open innovation. Additionally, the Common Curricula Framework (CCF) which will be utilised for this project will allow educators to access the pool of teaching material and guidelines compiled as part of the project. The project will reach out to the business world to collect user needs and to collaborate in the development of the teaching materials and guidelines.
The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta is mainly involved in comparing and developing curricula and education on open innovation, and in the dissemination and exploitation of the results of the project. The results of the project will be applied in the Masters Program in Creativity and Innovation which the Institute offers to students.
The teaching of open innovation is still fragmented and inconsistent. OI-Net will aim to fill the gap of lack of common understanding on open innovation teaching by reinforcing up-to-date innovation education in order to foster European competitiveness and development. The partners in the network will draw upon their own extensive experience of teaching innovation management and researching open innovation.
On conclusion of the project, the platform with open source materials will be hosted by LUT together with project partners identified for this task during the project, and updates will be conducted on a regular basis via contacts with network members.
A report listing the indicators and progress markers characterizing OI, Innovation and Global Innovation management curricula has recently been published as part of this project by Professor Sandra Dingli (University of Malta) and Monique Landy (ACTIF-Europe), and is available for downloading here.