EDU-SMEs: Curriculum alignment and cross-border cooperation with SMEs


The aim of the project is to to develop a better match between the competencies of graduates and the needs of companies in the Central-Baltic region.

New knowledge and pedagogical approaches are integrated in existing curricula and students will gain new competencies especially in the field of internationalization of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The project also supports individual SMEs in their internationalization through cross-border activities that link SMEs with faculty and students in their target markets. The project activities include joint development and delivery of an e-learning course on internationalization of SMEs.

As a result of the project, the partners’ curricula in business management and entrepreneurships are aligned and cross-border cooperation with SMEs is expected to increase.

Duration: 01.09.2015 - 28.02.2017

Total budget: €256 692

ERDF: €209 058

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Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Lead partner
Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (Estonia)
TTK University of Applied Sciences (Estonia)
Valmiera Business and Innovation Incubator (Latvia)
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia)

Project manager at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences: ViA professor Maira Leščevica

Project manager: Eija Kallstrom, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland


Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Cēsu street 4, Tērbatas street 10, Valmiera, LV-4201, Latvija

Company reg. Nr. LV90001342592