UNIVERSITY OF MACEDONIA

Greece

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The University of Macedonia , Panepistímio Makedonías (Pa.Mak.)) is a public research university in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. It is a modern institution, renowned for the quality, freedom, democracy, meritocracy and individual development it provides to its members

Symplexis

Greece

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Symplexis is a Greek non-for-profit organization that strives to ensure equal opportunities for all through actions and measures that build skills, empower and promote active engagement and participation focusing on the most vulnerable categories of the population and particularly those with fewer opportunities.
Symplexis’ mission is to elevate social cohesion through integrated actions and project-based activities that aim at promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups at risk of marginalization and exclusion, while promoting and protecting the rights of various types of population groups that face discrimination focusing on the empowerment and support of victims, awareness raising and information sharing at all levels. 
Symplexis’ activity builds on user-led approaches and interventions around four main axes of expertise, namely: 
· The social and economic inclusion of those most in need comprising a wide variety of activities aimed at reducing poverty, preventing marginalisation and promoting the sustainable integration of disadvantaged groups, particularly focusing on Third Country Nationals.
· The protection and promotion of human rights through activities and interventions that address the needs of a wide range of discriminated population groups, such as women, children and elderly people, victims of violence and human trafficking, the LGBTQI community, Roma and unaccompanied minors, migrants and asylum seekers/refugees. 
·  Upskilling, capacity building and empowerment of vulnerable groups with the aim to promote equal access to formal and non-formal education for all and promote lifelong learning focusing on low-skills individuals that face difficulties in (re) the labour market. 
·  Child and youth development through actions and projects designed to reduce youth poverty, promote child protection and stimulate social inclusion and development.

EREVNITIKO IDRIMA P.L - University of Nicosia

Cyprus

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The University of Nicosia Research Foundation (UNRF) is an autonomous, non-profit research organization based in Cyprus.
Established in order to provide an independent platform for researchers in Cyprus, its mission is to inspire and promote knowledge, innovation and development through cutting-edge research. UNRF brings together experienced researchers from around Cyprus, the region and the European Union in a wide range of fields.

Amongst others, UNRF aims to achieve its mission by:

  • assisting in the development and strengthening of the Cyprus research area;
  • advancing, in particular, local research and innovation;
  • providing support to its members and advancing its role in society;
  • supporting the development of the knowledge society and human resources within the field of research;
  • improving the quality of life through research;
  • assisting with the introduction of Cypriot researchers to international research activities;
  • supporting networking activities amongst its members, at the local and international level, together with the development of dynamic networks/collaborations.

CSI CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION LTD

Cyprus

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Center for Social Innovation (CSI) is a Research and Development organization, which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about a positive change to local, national, regional, and global entities. These entities include but are not limited to governments, local administrative agencies, non-for-profit agencies, commercial entities, and educational institutions. The CSI team is composed of open-minded, fully equipped researchers, entrepreneurs, project managers, trainers, and Information Technology specialists. CSI encompasses the capability and capacity to identify social needs, design and implement adjusted initiatives, and provide for sustainable growth. The CSI team’s areas of expertise are in the fields of traditional education and e-learning, entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation, creativity, negotiations, IP advisory services, social responsibility, business advisory solutions, data analytics, information technologies, project management, project evaluation services, product validation, training and computer gaming. CSI draws know-how and skills from its wide global network, which includes academic institutions, IT companies, public services, international organizations, start-ups, and public services.

Link Campus University

Italy

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Link Campus University (LCU) is a non state public university in Rome that is legally recognized by the Italian university regulatory system. It was founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of the University of Malta in Italy, and then, in 2011, became, by the Italian regulation decree, an independent institution of higher education governed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. Since its foundation, the International vocation has been a key feature of LCU, as it collaborates with different worldwide partners and links students from different nations and cultures in a shared university experience. Building connections to spread knowledge and develop better futures is its main driver in research, education, and public engagement activities. LCU is open to innovation and experimentation in private, public, third, as well as hybrid, sectors, and aims to create a continuous exchange of competences, skills and expertises inside and outside the university, on a local, national, and international level. Beside classic methods, practical knowledge and digital and entrepreneurial capacity building approaches are integral parts in the university strategies for producing graduates, research results, and spin-offs able to face emerging economic, legal, political, and communication issues. As a result, the main research topics of LCU concern cross-cutting research areas identified by combining interests and experiences from the areas in which undergraduate, postgraduate and master courses – including those taught in English – are offered, i.e. Economics and Business, Politics and International Relations, Communication and Technologies, Performing Arts and Media, Law, Defense and Security Science, and a specific program for student athletes delivered through the Sport Department.

In detail, the four main research areas of LCU are:

● Health & Sport: with a focus on Telemedicine, E-health, Sports Law, Sports Management, Wellness and Lifestyle, Inclusivity, Sustainability.
● Culture, Education, Creativity: with a focus on Innovative Teaching and Gaming, Natural and Cultural Heritage, Digital and Social Media, Cinema and TV, Performing Arts, Cultural Anthropology, Interculturalism, Creative Cities & Communities
● Security and International Relations: with a focus on Cyber, Defense and Territory Security, Crisis and Disaster Management, International Cooperation, Interdisciplinary Analysis of International Dynamics, Peace and Disarmament.
● Innovation, Competitiveness, Sustainability: with a focus on Social and Business Innovation, Ecological Transition, Sustainable Mobility, Design Thinking, Digital Transformation, Business Organization, Systems Dynamics, Tourism 4.0, New Technologies Law.

Around these main pillars that combine scientific specificity with an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach in culture, environment, and society (i.e., socio-economic and legal issues), with technology and design thinking as cross-cutting expertise, several initiatives take place, especially the activities of researchers, teachers, research centers and groups, coordinated by the offices that support the writing and implementation of projects funded by various sources.

System Dynamics Italian Chapter

Italy

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SYDIC is the Italian national branch of the System Dynamics Society (www.systemdynamics.org). The Chapter has been founded back in 1995 but legally recognized by the Italian Law as a Cultural Association for Social Promotion, in 2015. The mission of SYDIC is to support the SD Society to promote, spread out and disseminate the wide use and uptake of the system dynamics methodology and, more in general, of all systemic approaches to modelling & simulation at national and international level. SYDIC counts around 50 Italian associates from all over Italy and a few also from abroad, as well as a wider audience of around 200 non-associates (but members of our website and mailing list). Among its members, SYDIC includes experts, consultants and entrepreneurs interested in the System Dynamics methodology in various ways, as well as several top-notch scholars from the Italian academic & scientific community (Research Centres and Universities in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Naples, Genoa, Firenze, Palermo, etc.), representing knowledge and competences from Management & Social Sciences to Engineering and Natural Sciences.

SYDIC is currently deeply involved in disseminating and promoting the uptake of Systems Thinking & System Dynamics at various levels, from the Primary and Secondary education to the development of such competencies in youngsters and adults in managing positions. Additionally, SYDIC is promoting the Systems Thinking approach also in various vertical sectors, especially by means of the development of research projects (already a few important experiences at national and international level).

The main SYDIC’s objectives are:

• Promoting the dissemination and development of this methodology, as well as all systemic approaches to the analysis of complex problems and various modelling and simulation techniques/ methodologies, both in Italy and abroad.
• Interacting and establishing formal and operational links with other related associations and study groups, both at national and European level, but also with scientific bodies and associations concerning other disciplines.
• Organizing seminars, workshops, conferences, and other research, study and training initiatives in order to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience between experts of System Dynamics methodology and similar and/or alternative approaches.
• Participation in regional, national and European funding proposals with to projects aimed at improving modern society, with particular reference to the study and to the analysis of social problems, the environment, socio-economic and cultural development.
• Realizing studies, designs, analysis of impacts and evaluation of policies/strategies related to organizational and social change, sharing experiences acquired and those that over time have matured among all the practitioners of the methodology.

University of Almeria

Spain

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The University of Almeria, one of the youngest and most dynamic universities in Spain, was created by The Andalusian Parliament in 1993 as a proposal of the Governing Council of the Andalusian Regional Government, acting on behalf of the National Government.
Some figures reflect the dramatic growth of the University of Almeria over the years: The total number of students has doubled from 6,600 in 92/93 to the current academic year (more than 14.000 students). Our institution also has nearly 600 PhD students.
• The faculty staff has increased from 374 in 92/93 to over 800 today, organized in 14 departments.
• The administrative and technical staff has grown from 130 in 1993 to over 500. A total of 14 departments (140 research groups) are devoted to research and training.
In addition to the research work of the departments, the UAL has 7 research institutes, owned by or attached to the UAL that are dedicated to research in such varied areas as Agrifood, Global Change, Migrations, Solar Energy, Neuroscience, Big Data, Intensive Mediterranean Agrosystems or Production Systems in Plasticulture.
Our university currently has five classroom buildings full equipped, which offer students the opportunity to study more than 34 degree courses, 14 doctoral programmes, 44 official master’s degree programmes and 14 own master’s programmes.
Additionally, the University of Almeria has been always concerned about the increase of its international character. In 2018/19 it was the choice of over 1,200 students from 50 different countries from all continents to undertake a mobility period. These numbers are the result of a long tradition of cooperation with higher education institutions and research organizations, not only from Europe through the Erasmus programme, but also with the USA, Africa and Asia and especially with Latin American and Maghreb countries through mobility and cooperation programmes and networks such as ERASMUS MUNDUS, ERASMUS+ KA107, ISEP, PIMA, PABLO NERUDA, ANUIES or CONAHEC.

In 2015 we started participating with the same regions in KA107 ICM projects, adding regions and universities every year until 2020. Currently, we are cooperating with 7 different regions, 22 countries and more than 60 institutions in this project (224 mobilities), ranking in the top ten Spanish Universities in terms of number of mobilities and funding. Also, in 2018 UAL was awarded with the Erasmus+ Quality Award by the Erasmus+ Spanish National Agency.
The UAL started working in large international Erasmus projects in 2013 with the coordination of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Project PHOENIX with the ME region (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan) and with a budget of 3 mill euros. Later on, became a partner in MARHABA EMA2 project with Iraq and Iran. This provided UAL with relevant experience and expertise in project management. Moreover UAL has been partner in four CBHE projects and currently is coordinating one with Moroccan HEIs (MathICs).

Asociación Valencia Inno Hub

Spain

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Valencia Inno Hub (Innohub) is a Spanish non-profit organization born with the objective of putting together talent, technology, as well as personal and professional development. It aims is to through actions supporting an innovative and technology creation environment, together with a special focus on disadvantaged society groups and their economic and social inclusion. Innohub believes in the necessity of change in the economic model in order to create a more competitive and value-adding economy, facilitating the necessary tools for our companies and individuals, and in this support of young people to make sure said change is perpetuated in time.
By mentoring and training Innohub wants to generate a positive social impact. Innohub supports young people, entrepreneurs, migrants and individuals from disadvantage groups facing different factors of exclusion: youngsters and adults with educational difficulties, third country nationals, etc. empowering them and building their entrepreneurial and self-employment skills in order to achieve their socio-economic inclusion.
With this intention, Innohub develops many activities to help individuals/organisations to reach their objectives:
o By offering workshops, training, seminars, and networking related to several topics of interest, especially on innovation and new technologies, personal development, soft skills, career guidance, entrepreneurship, business models, internationalization and financing
o By promoting technologic and innovation cooperation
o By collaborating with other NGOs working with groups at risk of social exclusion
o By offering workshops and open training materials to people in risk of social exclusion in order to facilitate their access to the labour market
o By involving people at risk of social exclusion in different projects
o By supporting disadvantage groups and wannabe entrepreneurs from different backgrounds, boosting entrepreneurial skills
o By enhancing a future vision of business, in which environmental issues are addressed and considered
o By providing assistance related carrier guidance
Today, Innohub collaborates together with a wide range of economic actors, both public and private. The association has a strong cooperation with actors supporting young people, entrepreneurs and disadvantaged society groups from Valencian region. In the last years Innohub gained an important experience in EU projects implementation, which has developed a possibility to reach more individuals and organizations that can take advantage from Innohub services. It also allowed to wider the local, national and international network of contacts which enriches the possibilities of the association in their daily activities.
The paid working staff is equal to 4 specialists in EU projects implementation, training and innovation development, accompanied by national and international apprenticeships and trainees from EU programs and European Universities. The NGO counts also on a various volunteer that work on a daily basis, helping in the main areas of activities, together with the managing board.

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland

Ireland

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An Taisce’s Green-Campus Programme is an evolution of Green-Schools (known internationally as Eco-Schools) which is a programme developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Green-Campus Programme has been in operation in Ireland since 2007. At present fifty-two Campuses are formally registered on the Programme and twenty of these have been awarded the Green Flag. The Green-Campus Programme encourages practical environmental education and the empowerment of campuses to become exemplar in environmental stewardship.

Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region

Greece

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In November 1996, the Rector of University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki Professor Yannis Tsekouras took the initiative to invite in Thessaloniki Rectors and Deans so as to establish the Association of South Eastern Europe Economic Universities (ASECU). The invitation was sent to Universities of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Romania and Yugoslavia. At the beginning 24 Universities composed the founding members of the Association. In the General Assembly of 2007, the Association was modified in Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region.Presently, ASECU amounts sixty (60) members, Universities and Scientific Centres. Forty nine (49) as regular members from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine and eleven (11) as associated members from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Palestine. The seat of the Association is the University of Macedonιa, Thessaloniki, Greece where the Secretariat of the Association is also based. The offices of the Board of Governors of the Association are situated at the place where the incumbent president of the Board exercises her/his academic activities.

UNIVERSITY OF MACEDONIA
EREVNITIKO IDRIMA P.L – University of Nicosia
Symplexis
CSI CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION LTD
Link Campus University
System Dynamics Italian Chapter
University of Almeria
Asociación Valencia Inno Hub
An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland
Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region