The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) is an innovative, new, network at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) which coordinates the university’s contribution to addressing global development challenges, through research, teaching and outreach activities. TIDI was established in 2007 by a group of researchers from different disciplines who were interested in working together to understand and address challenges such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and socioeconomic disadvantage.
YOUCAMPUS is the University of Pavia’s new digital community: a website which gathers information on the activity of the University and acts as a point of communication between students, professors, researchers, and technical-administrative staff.
The G8 University Summit (17-19 May 2009) has been held in Torino, in the year of the Italian Presidency of the G8 Heads of State, promoted by CRUI (Conference of Italian Universities Rectors), Politecnico di Torino and the Italian Commission for UNESCO. The meeting involved all the Universities in the G8 countries, the Outreach 5 (Brazil, China, India, and South Africa), the MEM group (South Corea, Australia, Indonesia), some Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa to talk about Sustainability.
ITU: A Historic University Making History in Education and Innovation
The dynamic administration of the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) led by Rector Prof. Dr. Muhammed Sahin since August 2008, has placed sustainability in the core of its values. The four major cornerstones of his vision include: entrepreneurship, quality in education, research and most importantly innovation. In order to make these cornerstones solid and sustainable, major projects have been planned and implemented in rapid time.
In 2008, the University of East Anglia and its partners were selected as one of a number of pilot projects seeking to enhance public engagement activity within UK Higher Education Institutions (the Beacons for Public Engagement project). This marked the birth of CUE East (Community University Engagement) which sought to bring together community groups, academics, schools etc., enabling them to work in partnership with one another, drawing upon each others expertise to reach and benefit new audiences.
H2Roma is a communication event on sustainability of energy, mobility and cars promoted by CIRPS - Interuniversity Research Centre for Sustainable Development - Sapienza University of Rome, CNR - National Research Council - Energy and Transportation Department, ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. The scientific coordination is assigned to Prof. Orecchini and his research section SEM – Energy and Mobility Systems of CIRPS.
In 2009 we developed a pilot project funded by the University of Girona (Spain), combining Educational Innovation and Development Cooperation, which was held at Shanti Bhavan, a rural school in South India.
The Innovation Panel is a web based market research tool that is developed by KTH Innovation which allows researchers and students with promising product or business ideas to get early and crucial feedback from potential clients, users and other stake holders. The Innovation Panel plays an important part in indicating how the ideas should be developed, which applications have the most potential and, in some cases, if it is even worth pursuing the idea.
Cambridge recently set out an aspiration to improve the means by which it communicates with prospective applicants in the UK. This has resulted in a series of projects under the ‘Be Cambridge’ title aimed at prospective undergraduate applicants in Year 12 or equivalent (i.e. 16-17 year olds) from under-represented groups.
The project began with a scoping study to look at use of new media by our target audience. This included a detailed analysis of social media use, as well as focus groups across the country. The main findings were: