COMPASS – flagship for Ulysseus European University Research and Innovation agenda and strategy

The Horizon 2020 project COMPASS: Leading Ulysseus to become a European University excellence model through Research and Innovation supports Ulysseus European University.

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The alliance counts six partners and it was awarded 2 million euros to facilitate Ulysseus’ transformation into a European University through a common R&I strategy by consolidating its Innovation Ecosystem.

Making an impact to the European Research Area

Ulysseus research and innovation agenda is mainly based on its six Innovation Hubs. With their help it will create a new Innovation Ecosystem on European level as well as developing modern research, innovation and learning environments to all partner universities.

During the next three years COMPASS aims to transform Ulysseus Innovation Hubs to accredited European Research Area (ERA) hubs concentrating on responsible research taking into account gender issues, ethics and public engagement and science education in R&I.

COMPASS also boosts Open Science practices, especially the digital ones. It focuses also on creating an attractive and worldwide Ulysseus research career and it aims to become a model of excellence for R&I by boosting strategic collaboration with other institutions outside the alliance.

COMPASS activities include among others a series of monthly webinars to discuss topics of interest related to innovation hubs, brokerage events for networking, video-tutorials and workshops e.g on gender issues, good practices on research career development, transferable skills for researchers and open science.

Creating a new research culture

In the COMPASS project, Haaga-Helia is responsible for developing the skills and career paths of researchers at Ulysseus partner universities. In this way, Ulysseus own research culture is enhanced by providing joint activities among partners and high-level expertise.  By being part of COMPASS alliance Haaga-Helia strengthens its role in research and innovation both in Finland and internationally.

During the next three years Haaga-Helia will develop trainings, courses and events for researchers in order to support them in their careers including a personal career development plan. In addition, the COMPASS project is also developing a mentoring programme for entrepreneurs and researchers to improve researchers’ entrepreneurial mindset and skills. At the same time, the mentoring programme activities support companies to recruit researchers to boost their business and competitiveness.

The mentoring programme is set up as part of Ulysseus’ talent management programme, designed to attract best talented researchers worldwide. The mentoring sessions involves Ulysseus senior staff, businesses and other employers in the field covered by Ulysseus’ Innovation Hubs.

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Duration: 1.6.2021–31.5.2023
Funded by: H2020 SwafS
Partners: University of Sevilla (Spain), University of Genoa (Italy), University of Côte d’Azurin (France), Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Technical University of Košice (Slovakia) and MCI The Entrepreneurial School (Austria)

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