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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.

Partner locations

WPZ Research GmbH from Vienna, Austria is the project lead with 9 other partners from

  • Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) - 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 (UIBR) - Innsbruck, Austria
  • Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC) - Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) - Lisbon, Portugal

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