BUFSIE comes as a response to all that aiming towards building the universities of the future by assisting educators to firmly embed Social Innovation Education (SIE) into their culture and teaching practices and as an extension empower students with a mixture of social, entrepreneurial and active citizenship competences essential for thriving in the 21st century. SIE is a collaborative and collective educational model for empowering students to become the changemakers of tomorrow and is situated in the intersection of entrepreneurship education and active citizenship.
BUFSIE will thus scale up the novel educational pedagogy of SIE and transfer it to the higher education level, assisting in this way European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to boost the social, entrepreneurial and civic competences of their students while at the same time, enhance teachers’ professional development by engaging them into an innovative set of teaching and learning activities. For that to be achieved, BUFSIE puts at its core the value creation approach, leveraging in this way the full potential of SIE whereby students from different academic disciplines are empowered and equipped with social and entrepreneurial competences developing thus a purpose that is conducive towards integrating and embedding SIE within HEIs following a value creation instead of a venture creation approach, where students learn to cooperate with each other towards collectively achieving common goals and driving change.
To this end, the project sets the following strategic objectives:
- Develop a framework for transferring SIE to higher education combining what we identify as the two most important features of the changemaker of tomorrow, namely entrepreneurial spirit and socially proactive mindset. After extensive observation of existing frameworks, we have evaluated that such a framework is missing from the higher education context and wanted to fill in this gap by introducing the SIE model within different academic disciplines.
- Create a training programme for HEIs teachers so as to support their professional development towards innovative teaching practices like SIE.
- Develop a replication toolbox with handy guidelines and activities, enabling HEI teachers to practically implement SIE in their settings.
- Develop a serious game for assisting HEIs educators to easily introduce SIE to their students and engage them in co-creation and change-making skills development by using an alternative game-based tool.
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG Germany
STIMMULI FOR SOCIAL CHANGE Greece
CSI CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION LTD Cyprus
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS Cyprus
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU Croatia
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA Spain
UNIVERSITY OF MACEDONIA Greece