The Workshop series was an intensive endeavor that explored themes, experiences and competences from various different partners. Our core understanding and motto during that time can best be described with the following quote!
The Transfer Workshop Series!
The University Business Linkage pillar, generally working on ideas and activities that promote and develop endeavors around UBL (University Business Linkages) and CE (Career Enhancement) for its partners, accomplished one of its major directives over the last year 2021. Through bilateral collaboration each African partner together with a team from Leipzig University mapped and analyzed the transfer ecosystem of each partners higher education institution, which resulted in the development of various strategy documents, intensive in house promotion of the respective topics and the initiation of a minimum of one concrete measure per partner.
The process was accomplished through a comprehensive workshop series, that followed a strict road map with the direct goal to get a clear understanding of the situation on site and the derivation of tailor made scalable activities.
If you are interested in more – get an insight on the process and the developed output down below!
Select a step on the Road Map for some Details Impressions Outputs
The UBL & CE Pillar aims to promote employability of graduates across the fields in Africa. We are developing and evolving activities in the field of UBL & CE to foster employability through collaboration and transfer, resulting in a strong and growing global south based network!
To utilize UBL & CE opportunities we need a coherent and forward thinking transfer strategy! This workshop series sees itself as an activity to support and improve a bottom-up transfer process.
Introduction to our Workshop Series
Six meetings in total and with the goal to introduce best practices developed over many years and implemented with success at the Leipzig University. The tone for the whole workshop series was set here with one major outcome in initiating the data collection phase which could take a couple of weeks up to a couple of months, depending on each partner, the size of their institution and of course the developing pandemic.
Communication is the key! A lot of convincing and awareness-raising needs to be done. The workshop series plays an important role in this. It analyses the status quo, brings together stakeholders and addresses decision-makers to discuss the key issues. The concrete results subsequently allow for the topics to be communicated to the outside world in order to engage external actors. Specifically the exchange with the business sector is essential to be successful and to initiate sustainable processes.
Gathering of Information
Determine the status quo
This workshop introduced the first discussion about the gathered data. Depending on the circumstances at each institution, the respective partner had weeks or even months to gather as much information from every other active and interested stakeholder/ department. With everything adjusted, clustered and ranked, the next step was to determine relevant topics, stakeholders, experiences and even blind spots. We introduced online tools to keep the workshop as engaged as possible while at the same time edited the collected data to initiate the next workshop.
SWOT is a very common method which allows for the analysis of ones Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. We chose this method to help with the evaluation of the collected data. Since our goal is to provide support for strategic planning as well as to develop concrete activities, this method of analysis is well suited. SWOT helps to understand the bigger picture and allows to identify areas where actions can and should be taken. With the help of SWOT, we have not only worked out strategic fields of action and recommendations, but at the same time used this as a starting point to identify concrete activities and subsequently initiate them.
Analyze and Interpret
With the third workshop, we engaged in the most important part of the whole series. With all the collected and afterwards structured data, our participants had the tools to assess themselves and identify their advantages and challenges at their institution. To accommodate again to the uniqueness of each partner institution, we often separated this workshop into more sessions, which gave them the opportunity to run certain questions and evaluations by other members that hold sway or contribute to the matters at hand. Following the methodological guidelines of a SWOT analysis, the process profits the most from extensive, precise and diverse information.
The development of strategy documents was a core task of the UBL & CE Pillar. The aim was to develop a document that supports the processes for the successful design of transfer at universities. It was of great importance to understand and take into account the unique local conditions. These strategy documents could be related either to the university as a whole or to individual departments that are active as central actors in this topic area. We envisioned a document that addresses the issue of transfer in general, but also develops the areas of University Business Linkages and Career Enhancement in particular. The task of these documents is now to help communicate and implement activities both internally and externally.
Apply and Develop
Mapping the strategies
The fourth workshop of the series took the outcome of the SWOT analysis and the results of all the former meetings and discussion to derive strategies from it. With newly formulated fields of actions at hand, the workshop again was often split into two sessions, followed by a quick collection of activities, which can be employed to further the overall agenda. With the decisions made and the information structured and ready, the development of the strategy document & supporting activities could start.
The status quo after our workshop series is a solid base that allowed us to start the roll-out and give the universities of the regional networks insights into our work.
With a set of activities, competences and thematic areas at our disposal through which we could share our acquired knowledge with other partner universities according to their interests and capacities, we want to support ongoing efforts in solving those challenges .
from theory to pratice
Presentation of the results
Our last workshop was conducted as a cumulated meeting of all UBL pillar coordinators and board members. It took place during our physical meeting week in Leipzig in the beginning of 2022. Partners presented their findings, documents and next steps in Leipzig, Germany. Concepts of activities developed under the virtual scholarships have been included in the set of activities of each transfer strategy document.
Coordinator for ACCESS (UBL)
Management and Economics of Innovation
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Coordinator for ACCESS (UBL | AGEA)
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