The IDC Office of Research and Global Engagement has recently undertaken two projects that will significantly contribute to the higher education community. As part of the greater Erasmus+ Program of the EU, the goal of TeachEx and Silice is to collaborate with universities and social enterprises to create innovative solutions to constantly changing educational needs.
TeachEx is a project committed to the improvement of teaching methods and continuous professional development of academic staff by offering adequate support structures, namely through Centers for Teaching Excellence, and innovative, high-quality, flexible programs that improve teaching methods and enhance learning. The project will run through October 2018, with IDC as the main Coordinator in partnership with the following Universities:
The SILICE project will develop an open source platform that promotes social innovation ideas and international cooperation at regional level between the EU, Israel and India. It also seeks to tackle cross-cutting issues like gender-balance and equal opportunities for women. This project will develop a creative and supportive environment in partner HEIs through the establishment of SinnoLABs (Social Innovation Labs) which will contribute to the development of social economy enterprises critical for increasing the competitiveness and efficiency of the Israeli and Indian economy.
Erik Zimmermann, Director of Global Research and Engagement at IDC is Coordinating TeachEx together with Ariella Azoulay as the project manager. SILICE is partnered with the following organizations:
Eric Zimmermann with Dr Rakesh Himte at the kick-off event for SILICE hosted by the IDC in March.