Valorisation and Exploitation event of the Roman Routes project:

The international experience of IHF asbl

In collaboration with RUDN University of Moscow (Российский университет дружбы народов, РУДН, People’s Friendship University), IHF organised the international Multiplier Event of the Roman Routes project.

The event was held in July 19 and gathered together a total of 60 people from the HE ecosystem, including administrative staff, teachers, researchers and students. The main objective of the event was to mainstream and valorise project’s results, deliverables, overall partners’ efforts, and most importantly, sustain projects’ multiplier effect opportunities within formal training and educations settings (i.e., HEIs).

After formal greetings and introduction of RUDN’s representatives, IHF asbl’ staff guided participants through the content of the project, in terms of:

•  Background and need-assessment

•  Scale and scope of the project

•  Targets and beneficiaries

•  Poll of STKHs and groups of interest of reference

•  Composition of the consortium – distribution of roles and responsibilities within the RR’s partnership

•  Concrete opportunities for project’s validation, outreach and scalability beyond the formal EU co-financing lifecycle

A large section of the event was dedicated to discuss with participants about concrete projects’ deliverables and IOs’ results, more specifically:

1.  Browsing of the RR OER platform, content uploaded and IT functionalities. The platform has been presented not only as formal digital identity of the project, but also as the online repository and “IT memory” of all project’s resources – available for free and in open access format, to maximise the usability of the content and its embedment in other formal / non formal / informal education and training settings.

2.  Mapping, analysis and research of entrepreneurial and self-employment opportunities in involved countries – with specific references to identified skills-gaps, challenges and threats for aspiring your entrepreneurs.

3.  Outline of the training curricula, in terms of content and topics tackled by the educational framework, i.e., essentials of business and management literacy to exploit entrepreneurial and self-employment opportunities.

4.  Concrete results stemming from the T&V phase: collection of feedback and impressions from learners; key recommendations for future deployment of the RR’s curricula in similar educational settings; good practices, takeaways and lessons learnt in the process to help targets upgrading their professional profile and competitiveness in the labour market.

The event concluded with a final Q&A session during which participants expressed great enthusiasm on the initiative and positive feedback on the appealing of the overall project.

This ME represented also a great opportunity for the upscaling of the RR project within international settings not formally represented by any of the participating organisation. Moreover, the audience of the event suited perfectly the targets addressed by the project (i.e., HE students, HEI’ staff), favouring a better multiplier effect and overall impact of all RR’s initiatives carried out in the timeframe of two years.