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Beyond Scale

The main objective of this Erasmus+ KA3 co-funded project is to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education at practice and at policy levels.

This pan-European project aims to establish a community of higher education institutions (HEIs) and policy makers to promote innovation and strengthen their capacity to play a stronger role in their surrounding economies.

The project will break institutional boundaries and include, not only internal stakeholders (rector, rectorate and deans) but also, administrative staff, students, educators and researchers together with external stakeholders. Together, they will identify barriers that prevent institutional change and innovation. Bringing people with different roles and hierarchy levels together will allow participants to see the barriers from individual perspectives but with a common purpose - to strengthen HEIs roles in the local/regional economy.

The project kicked off in Vienna, Austria in November 2019 and will run for 2 years.


Beyond Scale has three main objectives:

  • To develop the entrepreneurial capacity of HEIs in a pan European community of practice.
  • To further develop the HEInnovate approach.
  • To document practices of organisational development and institutional change in light of using the HEInnovate and similar tools as learning models for higher education actors and policy makers and also for the academic debate.

Two capacity building seminars will be organised and hosted by project partners, as well as a final conference. Over the course of the project, guidelines on how to use the HEInnovate approach will be developed on the topics mentioned above.

In February 2021, BeyondScale launched the first in a series of newsletters to share and document good practices based on the outcomes of the individual and collaborative activities of participants. The newsletters also provide updates on project activities, interesting news and upcoming events.

  • Issue 1: The first issue provides an overview of the project in general, the project partners, the buddy system and information on the value proposition workshops. 19 February 2021.
  • Issue 2: This issue includes details on the Value Proposition Workshop organised by Hincks Centre for Entrepreneuship Excellence at Munster Technological University (MTU) in Cork, Ireland. 5 March 2021.
  • Issue 3: Read about the Value Proposition Workshop organised by our Bularian Partner - University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev", Bulgaria. 12 March 2021.
  • Issue 4: This issue contains highlights from the mid-term conference which was hosted by the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev", Bulgaria. 25 March 2021
  • Issue 5: Details the Value Proposition Workshop organised by University of NOVA Information Management School (IMS), Portugal. 21 April 2021.
  • Issue 6: Details of the Value Proposition Workshops organised by FH Campus Wien, Austria. 7 May 2021.
  • Issue 7: Details of the inbound and outbound workshops conducted by NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. 21 May 2021.
  • Issue 8: Details of the Value Proposition Workshop by Dublin City University. 4 June 2021.
  • Issue 9: Beyond Scale Seminar hosted by MTU's School of Business and Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence, “Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation: the Regionally Engaged University”. 11 June 2021.
  • Issue 10: Details fo the Value Proposition Workshop by Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC). 25 June 2021.
  • Issue 11: Value Proposition interviews by University of Innsbruck, UIBK. 12 July 2021.
  • Issue 12: This issue introduces the accompanying research within the BeyondScale project. The accompanying research represents one of the working packages and it is led by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente. 23 July 2021.
  • Issue 13: The 43rd annual EAIR Forum was virtually hosted by Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. The programme included 7 tracks and several networking spaces, among them interactive sessions from the Forward-Looking project Beyond Scale. September 2021.

If you would like to subscribe to the BeyondScale Newsletter you can do so by clicking here.

The Hincks Centre and the School of Business hosted a live-streamed webinar as part of the project. The webinar - 'Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation: the Regionally Engaged University' was live-streamed on April 15, 2021. Keynote addresses were given by Professor Irene Sheridan, Extended Campus, MTU and Zsuzsa Jávorka, Technopolis Group. The webinar also included pre-recorded interviews with some of the project partners. Helen McGuirk gave the following interview:



Partner locations

The lead partner is WPZ Research GmbH, Vienna, Austria with 9 other partners from:

  • Munster Technological University (Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence) - Cork, Ireland;
  • Dublin City University (DCU) - Dublin, Ireland;
  • University of Twente, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) - Enschede, The Netherlands;
  • Stichting NHL Stenden Hogeschool - Leeuwarden, The Netherlands;
  • University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" (URAK) - Ruse, Bulgaria;
  • FH-Campus Wien - Vienna, Austria;
  • Universität Innsbruck (UIBK) - Innsbruck, Austria;
  • Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC) - Viana do Castelo, Portugal;
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) - Lisbon, Portugal.


Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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