Keele and Georgian Enterprise Collaboration Resume after Covid Hiatus

Keele University and GTU, Tbilisi Creative Sparks and Erasmus funded enterprise knowledge exchange programme resumes after COVID interruption.

This week is start of Year 4 for the Keele and Georgia Technical University (GTU) enterprise collaboration. The five year initiative, funded by the British Council through the Creative Spark programme, aims to develop enterprise skills. This year further support has been provided by the Erasmus Programme.

Dr Colin Rigby, Director of Enterprise at Keele Business School with Philippa Chapman and Emma Bonfiglio both from Keele’s Smart Innovation Hub, are delighted to able to travel to Tbilisi to share best practice and help to grow student enterprise as part of the programme’s wider objective to service the economy and as part of the university curriculum.

In 2020, thirty ‘Big Idea’ projects were developed, under ‘digital’, ‘creative’ and ‘social’ categories, through newly introduced enterprise activity, with ten winning through to the National Finals. Dr Boris Gitolendia, Head of Innovation for GTU said “We realised that appropriate skills are not currently provided by the GTU curriculum. The Keele contribution to this programme has vividly illustrated how important it is to us that further steps are taken for the successful accomplishment of the project objectives.” Interventions have included ‘Training the Trainers’, the introduction of student based enterprise projects and reciprocal study visits.

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