CIS – Scuola per la Gestione d’Impresa (Italy)

CIS Business Management School is a training and consultancy company of Unindustria Reggio Emilia, the association of manufacturers that represents around 900 manufacturing enterprises (involving approximately 41,000 workers). Founded in 1984, it is accredited by the Region of Emilia Romagna for the supply of training courses through public funding. There are 3,500 students per year; 25,000 hours of training using public funds; 900 associate enterprises; 700 business clients; 200 expert collaborators. The offices are located in Reggio Emilia (Region of Emilia Romagna) with a team of 35 staff.

CIS is the leader in Reggio Emilia for training in the industrial system, in an area which is highly competitive on a national scale in terms of exports, technological specialisation and R&D. Among the diverse sectors there are electrical, mechanical, food, textiles, ceramics, plastic rubber, construction and real estate, services. The associate enterprises are mostly small and medium-sized (75% from 1 to 50 employees). CIS supports the development of entrepreneurial competitiveness and the innovation of local enterprises in collaboration with industry, universities and research centres, the educational system and public administration.

To reach its objectives, CIS plans, organises and supplies training for both the young and workers to support young unemployed in the entry of the labour market, adapting the skills of workers to technological and organisational changes, and to requalify adult workers in order to reinsert them back into the labour market.

Universitatea POLITEHNICA din București (Romania)

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB) focuses on bringing together education, training, and scientific research. It aims on training specialist for different technical fields, professionals able to use their valuable scientific, technical and cultural knowledge but also to face the challenges of our society.

UPB is a dynamic and supportive environment for 30,000 students and 2,700 academic staff, committed to achieving sustainable excellence in research and education. It is the largest S&T university in the country, with its 15 faculties, 2 departments and 43 state-of-the-art research laboratories.

The university is one of the most relevant players in Romanian innovation ecosystems. Strong local, regional and transnational partnerships support the mission to increase knowledge and innovation in global, more complex world. By performing top-level fundamental and applied research, offering high-quality educational programs, and maintaining strong ties with industry, UPB offers great opportunities for the entire academic community.


Centro Integrado de Formación Profesional MEKA LHII is an Integrated Vocational Training School of the Basque Public Education. It offers training courses at both intermediate and higher levels, lifelong learning for both workers and the unemployed, as well as the possibility of training abroad through European ERASMUS + projects.

The goal of CIFP MEKA LHII is to be a benchmark vocational training school, with a clear commitment from its management to offer a quality service to customers, protect the environment and ensure safety at work. For this purpose, and to achieve continuous improvement, it has opted for an integrated management system based on management, environment, and safety as a reference model for the management of the whole school.

CIFP MEKA LHII exists to train and educate people who know how to adapt to the challenges of the current and future society. It offers an innovative, egalitarian, and close education for students and institutions.

SFC – Sistemi Formativi Confindustria (Italy)

Founded in 1993, SFC – Sistemi Formativi Confindustria is engaged in initiatives that develop human capital through training, social and economic research, and technical assistance that supports the development of Confindustria, and the competitive and sustainable growth of enterprises at a local and national level.

SFC currently supports more than 80 shareholders who act as nodes in a network across the whole nation. Among these shareholders are: LUISS Guido Carli University, more than 20 VET Providers including founders ITS MAKER, ITS TECH&FOOD, training bodies included in the main DIH – Digital Innovation Hub, management schools linked to the confederal system, local and sectorial associations of Confindustria and enterprises. Confindustria is the majority shareholder. Given the exclusively institutional nature of its activities, SFC is a non-profit organisation and doesn’t give dividend payments to shareholders.

SFC operates as synthesis between the needs expressed by demand (enterprise, associate system, PA) and the opportunities presented by supply (training schools, service companies). The continuous exchange of knowledge between shareholders and stakeholders allows SFC to understand and interpret the training needs of the enterprise system and of business, so that results and best practice developed by shareholders can be shared at a national and European level.

Jan Van Brabant College (Netherlands)

Jan van Brabant is a secondary school in the centre of the provincial city of Helmond. Being 152 years old the school is one of the oldest schools in the Netherlands. The school offers education on three levels, mavo havo and vwo, in both a bilingual and regular stream. Currently we have about 1000+ learners and a staff of 80. The school is situated in the Brainport region, a very high tec region with a multitude of international knowledge workers from all over the world living in it. It is the home of large international companies like Philips, ASML, VDL, Daf Vanderlande, Mars, all companies that work in close collaboration with the educational sector. The school offers the possibility to hybrid working to teachers ( working in education and commercial environment simultaneously) The school is very multinational and pays a lot of attention to world citizenship to equip our learners with the skills and attitude nessesary to thrive in our region.

Jan van Brabant College was one of the founding and is one of the leading schools of the Brainport-school movement. This group of now 14 secondary schools try to innovate education and make it meaningful for the learners and the regional society. We do this by involving local bodies and companies in education. Our employees and learners are motivated to participate in challenges and training programmes offered by third parties to keep the knowledge that is past on, up to date.

Jan van Brabant College is well known in Dutch education as TTO school (network of bilingual schools) and as school with a large network in internationalisation. Jan van Brabant College is closely attached to Brainport Development to stimulate, enhance and initiate new directions in education in the region.

ART-ER (Italy)

ART-ER Attrattività Ricerca Territorio is the Emilia-Romagna Joint Stock Consortium born with the purpose of fostering the region’s sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledge, attractiveness and internationalisation of the territory.

It gathers regional shareholders: the Emilia-Romagna Region, universities and research centres, the Union of the Chambers of Commerce and other local representatives. Its purpose is to foster sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledge, attractiveness and internationalization. ART-ER coordinates the regional innovation ecosystem that includes the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network, the Technopoles, Clust-ERs,Incubators and local S3 AREAS.It provides information and communication about European Union opportunities and supports the Region in processing Structural Funds. ART-ER has a long lasting experience in participation and coordination of European funded projects (more than 70 projects since 2017-2020). ARTER’s Research and Innovation Division focuses on human capital employability in innovation, research and technology transfer, by empowering competences of young people and fostering synergies with businesses.

ART-ER Regional Development Agency main activities consist of:

  • Coordination and development of the regional ecosystem for innovation and knowledge, support to startups and boosting business;
  • Sustainable territorial development, internationalisation and attractiveness of the community and promotion of investments in Emilia-Romagna;
  • Promotion of the region’s productive systems and cities through projects on infrastructure, social innovation, skills development and environmental sustainability
  • Supporting the shareholders in planning their activities in the following fields:
      • designing, management, monitoring and assessment of strategic programmes and projects;
      • participation in and development of national, European and international networks;
      • research and studies on the region’s social and economic assets;
      • designing, construction and management of infrastructure for the region’s development.

Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France)

Since its creation in 1973, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 has been committed to a strong and demanding vision of Higher Education and Research, driven by a spirit and values that are also its trademark: human and humanistic, committed and supportive, democratic and civic-minded. 

A founding member of the aggregation of universities and higher education institutions known as the COMUE Université de Lyon, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 welcomes nearly 30,000 students on two campuses to its bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. University Lumière Lyon 2 (ULL) is one of the leading French universities in multidisciplinary research. With its 45 research labs, ULL covers a broad range of research from Human and Social sciences to Technology and Industrial Engineering.

Université Lumière Lyon 2 is committed to innovation, interdisciplinarity, partnership and international openness. Through the projects developed and carried out by its 936 professors and researchers, it promotes dialogue between the human and social sciences and the hard sciences, and places research at the heart of contemporary scientific and societal issues.

University Colleges Leuven Limburg (Belgium)

UC Leuven is an HEI in Flanders, collaborating under the name UC Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) with vzw UC Limburg. UCLL is renowned for the high quality of its teaching, research and regional development. More than 30 professional bachelor (EQF 6) and 30 lifelong learning study programmes are offered in various study field areas: Education, Health Care, Applied Social Studies, Applied Engineering & Technology, and Business Management. Each year, about 14000 students are enrolled in UCLL. Moreover, about 15000 professionals follow a training, seminar or workshop at UCLL.

UCLL’s strong commitment to research ensures state-of-the-art study programmes and trainings for these students and professionals. Research at UCLL is unquestionably practice-oriented. Together with other regional and international knowledge institutions, companies and organizations, the government and funding agencies, UCLL generates new, applied knowledge through a wide range of (international) research projects and offers this knowledge via training and advice. UCLL also cooperates with actors outside the academic world to provide research and services tailored to their needs.

UCLL offers a unique opportunity to question the status quo and make room for innovation. UCLL aims to maximize the interaction between research and education and take its students’ goals and wellbeing to heart and made their future UCLL mission.

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