The European project “LIBYA UP” is officially started. The Kick Off Meeting online
The representatives of ten Libyan universities and three European organizations virtually celebrated on November 11th the official launch of the project “LIBYA UP - Labs of Innovation and Business for Young Actors of start UP”.
It is a Capacity Building initiative in the Higher education sector, co-financed by the European Erasmus+ program and undertaken by Link Campus University (LCU) with the coordination of the project manager Raffaele Longo, the vision of the designer Valentina Caferri and the scientific guide of the business innovator Dario Carrrera.
The project aims to create in Libya, over a three-year period, an innovative national model of academic management (through the establishment of "Technology Transfer Offices" in each partner university), capable of generating virtuous links between the scientific research environment and the local market of work, in order to foster the growth and diversification of entrepreneurship (especially of young people) and consequently a higher employment rate.
The achievement of the ambitious goal imposes the realization, among other things, of qualitative and quantitative analyzes, of constant theoretical and practical training sessions between international experts and local stakeholders, as well as the direct supply to Libyan universities of the technical equipment useful to install and start the first workstations.
The online meeting replaced the physical event initially scheduled in spring 2020 at the Link Campus University headquarter in Rome and continually postponed due to the international restrictions necessary to fight the Covid19.
The partners enjoyed the opportunity to discuss in depth and animatedly between the various points of view, on the organizational and financial needs/priorities to be addressed, in the short and long term, to ensure the effective continuation of the project. A shared action plan was developed at the end. It also contains contingent measures to mitigate the effects of the local geo-political crisis, on the one hand, and of the global health crisis, on the other.
The Kick Off Meeting was also an authoritative stage to mutually present the first results of market researches already realized in cooperation by the partners, to find out the state of the art of "technology transfer" in the North Africa and European Union areas.
The final hope is to meet live each other as soon as possible to evaluate the effects of the project within the Country System and plan other fruitful collaborations.