Experimentation Report

Executive Summary


The aim of the current report is to record, analyse and interpret the learning experiences gained and the impact of experimentation with the innovation laboratories for academics and students as well as enterprises and third sector organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on comparing the experience of the five universities in Belarus and Ukraine.

The experimentation is based on introducing open innovation approach in entrepreneurship education through the innovation of entrepreneurship education courses/ programmes and teaching methods that connect theoretical teaching with practical life, enabling students to acquire practical experiences by solving real problems of enterprises. The report incorporates two main focuses:

  • the analysis of students’ opinions in terms of career choice motivators, development of competences, and sources of knowledge and innovation before and after the experiment (incl two phases of experiment, and comparison);
  • the analysis of the impact of experimentation for the academic staff and cooperation with enterprises and other stakeholders.

The importance of enterprise education as part of curricula at all levels of education has been widely recognised in many countries due to the need to develop entrepreneurial skills of students and contribute to new business creation, but also to the employability of young people. The development of entrepreneurship education process is relying on four important elements: individuals, content, techniques and context, using regional innovation platforms and Innolabs in partner universities that support the cooperation between university and enterprises, and create a network of entrepreneurs and mentors that contributes to the enterprise education and entrepreneurial ecosystem in regions.

The experimentation with new entrepreneurship and innovation learning processes (incl modules of “open innovation”, “creative thinking” and “ideas market”) and studies among students and teachers were carried out in two phases in 2014: spring semester (Experiment 1) and autumn semester (Experiment 2). New modules were developed in nearly 35 courses of economics, entrepreneurship, innovation and management. For achieving the project purposes five partner universities were involved into the study: National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” and Uzhhorod National University in Ukraine and Yanka Kupala State university of Grodno and Polotsk State University in Belarus. All together nearly 800 students at 2 study levels (bachelor and master) and in almost 20 specialities were contacted during the experimentation in different regions of Belarus and Ukraine.

The analysis of students’ opinions in terms of career choice motivators, development of competences, and knowledge and innovation before and after the experiment is carried out by country, region, study level and speciality. The analysis of the impact of experimentation on students’ attitudes and entrepreneurial behaviour is conducted on the basis of the responses of 623 students. First the two experiments are analysed separately by looking at the change within one experiment (before and after the experiment results). Then, in the comparisons section the countries and the two experiments are compared. And after that the two experiments are merged together and change in students’ opinions is analysed based on a larger sample of students (two experiments combined).

Deliverable 21 – Experimentation Report

INNOLAB Centre at National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnic, Ukraine

INNOLAB Centre at Kharkiv University opened in 2014 and funded by the Tempus EU Commission money.



INNOLAB Centre at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

Photographs of the Innolab Centre opened in 2014 and funded by the Tempus EU Commission Funding money at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine.

Pictured below is Professor I Bazhal who is the Project Leader at the University, and Professor A Gumenna who have participated in the project from the beginning in October 2012. The other photographs are students participating in the lecturers with Teaching Material that Professor I Bazhal developed for the Tempus Innolab project, to provide academic underpinning to the activities of the innovation laboratories.

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Dissemination of the Minsk Conference in Uzhgorod University News


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Newsletter No.4 (for students)


Study Visit to Bradford, UK including Master students

From 26th January to 8th February we had the participation of both academia and their Master degree students from our partner universities in both Ukraine and Belarus, as well as the Ministry officials from Ukraine, who came to visit Bradford on a study visit to learn from best practice in enterprise education.

The majority of the study visit took place at the Re-Centre based at Bradford University. The Re-Centre is a new building in the heart of the campus for partnering with businesses in delivering radical business solutions around sustainability and the circular economy and is the Northern Office of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  Students were set a “Textile Challenge” led by Mariusz Kos and Maarja Hallik with overview from Professor Kalantaridis, the Tempus Project Director in developing a sustainable solution that would assist the revival of the textile industry in Bradford using creativity, critical thinking and design, all skill required in the use of the INNOLAB platforms.  The students were split into mixed teams and each team was supported by a network of experts and mentors to work on producing a 1500 word concept paper and a 3 minute video to introduce and sell each teams idea in their first week. The start of the second week was the Networking Event which included the academia of the students universities, The Ministry officials and a panel of experts who were able to judge each of the teams and decide the winners. The winning team’s solution was the concept of “Ramie”.

The students visits included attending lecturers by Professor Kalantaridis, visit to the Bradford College Textile, the heritage of Saltaire and a partnership company Camira Fabrics.

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Grodno Workshop – December 2013

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