Green Education for Green Biotech Enterprise
February 2022 - February 2024
The EC Green Deal Action Plan has the ambition to make the EU’s economy sustainable, by boosting the efficient use of resources toward a clean, circular economy and by restoring biodiversity and cutting pollution. The green industry helps to solve environmental problems through the development of innovative solutions. In fact, biotechnology itself is one of the most promising sectors to support the sustainability mission (carbon-neutral, digital and circular society). Teaching and promoting sustainable/green practice among biotech stakeholders (education, startups/enterprises, NGOs, etc.) is an important action of the Green Deal Pact. The universities can and should do more, particularly by becoming role models for wider society in their own environmental policies and targets.
Four higher education institutions (HEIs) are involved in the partnership. Three of them (UASVM Bucharest-Romania, UP Valencia-Spain and UniPerugia-Italy) are providers of Biotechnological educational programs, and one (RAU, Romania) is a private university providing Business education. The consortium is joined by a Research & Education Center (MAICh, Greece) accredited as a provider for Master level education in the Agri-Food and Business areas. In addition, a Romanian NGO (CBM), oriented toward professional training and consultancy in biotech and environmental topics, is completing the partnership.
The main scope of the proposal is to develop an innovative educational framework for Biotech & Economics HE graduates from Romanian, Spanish, Italian and Greek partners toward a Biotech Green Entrepreneurial pathway, able to support the Biotech sector to solve environmental and climate change problems.
- To deliver innovative educational resources (new module course, training materials, mentoring guide, teaching/learning portal) for Master and PhD students in Biotech & Economics covering the topic of Biotech Green start-ups/enterprises.
- To develop specific knowledge and competences in Biotech Green Entrepreneurship by direct training of 55 teachers/tutors and 25 Master and PhD students from the Biotech & Economics areas.
- Strengthen the integration of project’s partners into national and European Biotech Green Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.