ifa Akademie (Germany)

ifa Akademie is a full subsidiary of ifa, Institute for Foreign Relations, in Stuttgart, Germany. ifa is funded by the German Federal Department for Foreign Affairs. ifa Akadmie is ifaís training and education center. ifa Akademie has two major training branches:
a) courses for German as a foreign language,
b) seminars and trainings in the field of foreign cultural relations, education and vocational training, integration and social and labor market inclusion, including HR management, recruitment of international labor force, international assessment of skill.
As of 1/2017 appr. 4.800 students attend ifa Akademieís German language courses. In both branches ifa Akademie offers special training for volunteers and service agents in the public sector (municipalities), NGOs, migrants’ organizations and social and cultural experts. ifa Akademie has a first set of tool kits for multicultural management skills and reaches out to target groups such as migrants, refugees and third country nationals.
ifa Akademie works with local, regional and federal partner networks including NGOs, municipalities, state and federal ministries, migrant organizations, health services, schools and enterprises.
Furthermore, ifa Akademie has a solid background in education and training of professionals, young entrepreneurs, SME management and international development. As an academy catering towards international learners, migration students and new arrival skilled refugees, ifa Akademie has always been working with a broad multidimensional and multicultural context.


University of Naples Federico II – Department of Political Science (Italy)

The University of Naples Federico II (UNINA) was established in 1224 through an Imperial Charter of Frederick II Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor. It was the first publicly funded university in Europe. Nowadays the University offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines, leading to one hundred fifty five graduate level degrees. Research facilities provide support to all these courses. Students are given the opportunity to pursue intellectual development as well as the acquisition of professional skills. Current student enrollment nears 90,000 and the academic personnel, at this time, are 3,121.
UNINA is made up of 26 new Departments established by the National Act 240/2010.
The University Federico II is striving to become a world university and, to this end, places the highest priority in nurturing relationships, both within Italy and internationally. Our students are relentlessly encouraged in the pursuit of excellence, at home and abroad. Our staff and students take part in a variety of exchange programs, within Europe, the Americas and Asia. While promoting cooperation with the more scientifically advanced research institutions of the affluent world, we are making every effort to help the less fortunate. University of Naples has been involved like
Cognizant of the changing needs of education and research, the Federico II University of Naples is making every effort to raise its international standings and to become more attractive for international students. Its educational network is being geared towards the establishment of life-long, high level professional training programs, while maintaining excellence in all fields of education and research.
The Department of Political Science (UNINA-DPS) is one of the new 26 Departments of UNINA, activated by the Nationa Act n. 4168 of 28.12.2012 following the national reform of the University imposed by the previous National Act 240/2010. Over the years it has managed to acquire a more structured and flexible sorting, aimed to the study of complex political and social problems of contemporary society throughout precise assessments and comparative approaches. Didactics and research are inspired by a multidisciplinary approach suitable to attain a broader understanding of social questions in order to meet the contemporary challenges.
The actual courses of the Department of Political Science are functional to the achievement of expertise fully matching the evolution of the socio-economic system and the labor market, enhancing qualified employment opportunities.


University Stefan Cel Mare Suceava – Department of Computer Science, Electronics and Automation (Romania)

Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava (USV) is a research and higher education public institution, based in the North-East region of Romania, providing various educational programs to more than 9000 students. In September 2008, and again, in December 2013, USV underwent institutional external assessment carried out by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and was granted the High Confidence Certificate, the highest recognition award in Romanian higher education institutional assessment. In 2007, the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, and Youth also awarded USV for Multiculturalism.
The mission of USV is to promote and support the creation and dissemination of knowledge by means of quality education and training activities, research and innovation, human development and entrepreneurship at national and international standards, by promoting European fundamental principles together with the traditions and values of culture and civilization of Bucovina region, together with its specific multi- and inter-cultural integrated Romanian spirituality.
The main academic objectives pursued by Stefan cel Mare University in achieving the stated mission aim at strengthening the position of national and European institutions in the area of education and research through:
– Engagement of all resources in order to maintain the ranking of university education and scientific research undertaken by the University Charter and confirmed by EUA report in May 2011;
– Development of educational and training offer to meet the needs and requirements of the local community, and of the North-East region, and correlating it with the directions of development and progress established nationally and internationally;
– Development of international relations, establishing new partnerships for the exchange of students and teachers;
– Adapting the educational offer to market demands and changes, and to latest scientific knowledge;
– Opening the university to society by increasing concerns for lifelong learning;
– Developing partnerships with economic entities for technology transfer, research and innovation.
The USV Research Centers are oriented towards applied research, also participating in regional development projects that focus on the efficient employment of local resources and on the introduction of new management solutions in local administration.
USV developed and implemented the educational electronic platform “AeL Platform”, which is the outcome of the project completed in December 2013 “Development of a platform for e-education that will support electronic educational process conducted by the University Stefan cel Mare Suceava”, to the purpose of meeting the needs for information, education, evaluation, and management staff. The platform is a portal for managing e-Learning educational content, designing and populating databases specific to electronic education, creating a system of management training and training related documents, increasing e-Learning learning performance techniques, and ensuring e-Learning services for proper communication infrastructure.


Dafni Kentro Epaggelmatikis Katartisis (Greece)

D.A.F.N.I KEK (Developing Advanced Forces and New ideas through Continuing VET) is a non for profit training institution targeting to unemployed and NEETs social and market integration. DAFNI KEK was founded in 1996 by a team of scientists with the aim of combating unemployment especially in the female and youth populations. It aims to address these issues with high level vocational training based on the latest educational methods and technological innovations.
It is staffed by specialized personnel aiming at an efficient development of its activities and at the implementation of its future goals. It functions as a Certified Vocational Training Center ñ certified by the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs ñ and is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a nationwide range of activities. DAFNI KEK is based in Patras, state of Achaia, Western Greece and the main offices are located in Elaiochorion of Dytiki Achaia – a rural area with roma and underprivileged populations (agricultural or domestic occupations). It is ruled by a Board of Management, which takes decisions on strategy, project development and local alliances. Trainers are certified and are drawn from an Official Pool of Certified Trainers in Greece by EOPPEP (Greek Organization for the Accreditation of Qualifications).
Main vision of DAFNI KEK is to provide possibilities in order to enhance the well being of the citizens especially those who are excluded from opportunities , with special concern the Youth in the threshold of labor market in priority. To this direction DAFNI KEK develops several initiatives in local or European level by using tools and mechanisms as OPEN BADGES and e- portfolio and guidance for employability (both tools produced in the frame of Erasmus European Partnerships). Guidance includes holistic approaches that facilitate their transformation of life vision in more hygiene and spiritual approaches through, based on conversations with the aim of helping people learn, grow and fulfill their potential and enable them to tap into their own wisdom. DAFNI KEK is a member of The European Association for Education of Adults, the Network on Outreach Empowerment and the Network for Intercultural Learning of Adults in Europe and currently active partner of IMPLOED – targeting to the underrepresented , unfulfilled potential of disadvantaged. DAFNI is also an active member of the EUROPEMOBILITY NETWORK (, which aims at stimulating both the quality of mobility and quality of work placement abroad by establishing an International Community of Mobility Coordinators, professionals and experts, responsible for over 15.000 mobility initiatives per year.


Synthesis Center for Research and Education LTD (Cyprus)

SYNTHESIS Center for Research and Education Ltd is a pioneering organisation which initiates and implements projects of positive social impact (particularly in the fields of entrepreneurship, employability, and social inclusion).
SYNTHESIS is the leader in the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation in Cyprus. It has founded and operates ìHub Nicosia,î a collaborative space and a community of organisations with primary social purpose.
SYNTHESIS is also a training provider, delivering entrepreneurial and soft skills training programmes. Its training programmes aim to inspire and empower learners, and they consist of personal development and entrepreneurial modules. SYNTHESIS offers customised training programmes for aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, policy makers and teachers. It run an in-service training course for European teachers, trainers, and adult educators on ìInspiring and Enabling Entrepreneurship in Educationî and offers an exclusive blended Entrepreneurship Training programme, suitable for people with no business studies or background.
SYNTHESIS undertakes research and provides consulting services to the European Commission, governmental, non-governmental and private institutions. In December 2016, the European Commission contracted SYNTHESIS to develop policy recommendations for the development of an ecosystem of social enterprises in Cyprus. SYNTHESIS was also the Cypriot expert in the study undertaken on behalf of the European Commission “A Map of Social Enterprises and their Ecosystem in Europe” as well as the consultant of the European Social Fund (Cyprus Unit) in the “Social Entrepreneurship Network” (SEN). Furthermore, SYNTHESIS has an extensive expertise in the Quality Assurance process by designing questionnaires and conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups, and has been the internal or external evaluator in numerous European projects.
SYNTHESIS also undertakes research and provide consulting services to governmental, non-governmental and private institutions. We have been the Cypriot experts in the study undertaken on behalf of the European Commission “A Map of Social Enterprises and their Ecosystem in Europe.” In addition, SYNTHESIS was the external consultants of the European Social Fund (Cyprus Unit) in the “Social Entrepreneurship Network” (SEN).


MAKRO Yonetim Gelistirme Danismanlik Ltd. Sti. (Turkey)

MAKRO is a management development and consulting company providing tailor-made consulting services to start-ups and SMEs active in various sectors. The company was founded in 1984 and located in Ankara. The company has a small but effective structure with 5 paid full-time staff and, a large network of clients and strategic partners in multinational scale.
MAKROís main scope of activities is listed below:
– Strategic management and business planning for young entrepreneurs and SMEs,
– Development of unique entrepreneurship and business idea development tools for who wish to start new effective and sustainable businesses,
– Development and provision of unique trainings in entrepreneurship, internationalization, business planning, financial management and project cycle management.
By relying on its expertise in the these fields, MAKRO has participated a number of EU funded vocational education projects (in Life Long Learning Programme, Erasmus+ Programme and Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance-IPA in Turkey) in the recent years which are mainly targeting; innovative entrepreneurship development for youth, regional and national development, organisational capacity building and skill development of key staff in SMEs.
Looking at the past record of MAKRO in detail, its team:
– has deep extensive experience in provision of entrepreneurship trainings for youth.
– is highly experienced in foreign direct investment promotion; especially in localization of international companies and decision on feasible investment location.
– has provided a number of tailor made consulting and mentoring services for youth who wish to start innovative businesses.
– has developed over 100 feasibility studies and business plans for new private and public infrastructure investments and private sector companies at growth stage.
– has been implementing 15 EU funded LLP Projects as either consortium partners or leaders, took active role in eLearning content development and pilot training activities in these projects
– has been implementing 4 IPA Projects as consortium partners.
More in numerical terms, MAKRO has a portfolio of:
– over 300 Turkish SMEs, large enterprises and public organisations whom it served with its various consulting services
– over 3000 Turkish trainees whom it solely served with provision of trainings named above through national/EU funded projects


European Management Education & Learning (e-mel) (England)

e-melTM is a professional services company that engages in business consultancy, business research and academic research. The firm offers a range of services, all delivered by highly experienced professionals.
e-melTM The company offers on international business research and information services to private businesses and the public sector. We provide primary and secondary business research and information services related to business, regulation, HR, employment, demographics and markets.
Clients include SME businesses, large corporates, local governments and central government.
e-melTM is part of an international network headed by SVP SA, Paris, working to provide up to date information and research to organisations looking to export in Europe and worldwide.

Our services
e-melTM business research and consulting services:

  • Market research: We offer a full range of primary and secondary business and market research. This includes conducting interviews, surveys, desk research, focus groups and similar activities.
    We comply with the Market Research Society’s code of conduct.
  • Regulatory information: We have considerable experience in the provision of information concerning UK law and regulation – for example: employment law, product specification requirements, company law, industry specific regulatory requirements and contract law. We do not provide legal advice.
  • Process improvement: We offer a service of methodology training, process review, optimisation and redesign.
  • E-learning: We are able to design e-learning strategies and programmes that deliver real learning, not just e-slideware. We have experience of working in collaborative research projects under the EU Leonardo da Vinci vocational and educational programmes and with UK academic institutions.
  • Partner Network: We have the facility to source information and research in the EU through this network.

Our clients range from household names to small start-ups and include the GLA, Mitsubishi Electric, Immedia and Southern Universities Management Services Ltd, for whom we have worked with a number of UK Universities, including the Universities of Leicester, Lancaster, Bath, Greenwich, Bedfordshire and Essex as well as SOAS and the Institute of Education in London.

Case studies

Low Carbon Technologies
Client objective:
To identify markets that offered the best opportunities to grow sales of low energy heating equipment. Our work included the collection and analysis of information across 6 EU countries, including demographics, housing stock, primary energy sources, energy sources for heating, market trends, competitor profiling and government assistance programmes.
Identified 3 possible countries for client to promote product in and opportunities to develop new systems for Zero Energy Homes.

Local Government
Client objective:
To analyse the budgets of the body and its functional bodies over the seven previous years and use this information to inform the budget committee and help them formulate questions to challenge the next year’s budget submission.
An informed analysis resulting in the identification of economic trends and challenges facing the organisation and its functional bodies; a set of tools for budget analysis that can be used year on year; the identification of areas for the budget committee to probe concerning the budget submission. “The observations and questions table is great – that’s the kind of high-level work we want …. Overall it is great – we particularly like that there are things brought out we would otherwise not have spotted, and value added to the information with the suggested questions, issues and critiques.” Scrutiny Manager.

Major UK University
Client objective:
To move 800 staff to a new building and introduce new ways of working – namely “agile” working. This involved changing the work environment, work practices, HR protocols and implementing new IT systems.
The result was a successful move and the successful introduction of new “agile” working practices across all of the relevant departments: Finance, HR, Estates’ management, Registry, Marketing and communications.

Some relevant EU funded project examples

“Alternative” – Application Service Provider business models. Understanding how ASP business models can succeed and prosper in a rapidly changing technological environment.
ELAN – the European Learning Automotive Network project, which aimed to support the continuing exchange of information on training and learning issues between European automotive companies in the areas of knowledge management, e-learning, coaching and co-operatin between industry and the education sector.
“PELM”, the development and trial of training programmes through e-learning for managers and management trainers/developers.