iSEE-project develops aligned social entrepreneurship education with four partner countries

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LAB University of Applied Sciences, University of Tartu, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Riga Technical University have started developing social entrepreneurship education in iSEE – Innovating Social Entrepreneurship Education -project. The project is funded by the Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020. The amount of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) for the project for all partners is 474 875 €. Partners co-finance the project. The total budget for the project is 607 167 €.

The main objective of the iSEE project is to innovate aligned professional, higher education in social entrepreneurship in Degree Programmes in four Central Baltic area countries. In European Union area one out of four new enterprises set-up every year are social enterprises. However, the role and the concept of social enterprise is different across EU countries. The project views social enterprises broadly in line with the European Commission´s term “social enterprise” covering the businesses having societal objective of the common good as a reason for the commercial activity or those, whose profits are mainly reinvested to achieve social objectives or those where the method of organization or the ownership systems reflect the enterprises mission, using democratic or participatory principles or focusing on social justice.

In the project, LAB University of Applied Sciences, University of Tartu, Riga Technical University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology carry out surveys and case studies in each country. The project partner universities share experiences and know-how among partners. The project has associate partners from each country, Finnish Association for Social Enterprises, Social Enterprise Estonia, Social Entrepreneurship Forum and Ministry of welfare of the Republic of Latvia. The knowledge gained in surveys and case studies will be used when partners co-create new practice-based learning materials. During the project, the partner institutions launch and test new courses for barchelor´s degree students and for companies. The aligned social entrepreneurship curriculum covers courses with altogether minimum 10 ECTS credits and they will be accessible to business students in all four partner universities. The curricula will include e-learning courses, too.

The project lasts for 35 months, from February 2020 to December 2022.


For more information:

Heidi Myyryläinen, heidi [dot] myyrylainenatlab [dot] fi