Enhancing innovation competences and entrepreneurial skills in engineering education (InnoCENS)


The wide objective of the project is to: support socio-economical development in Armenia, Georgia, Belarus and Kazakhstan by developing innovative and entrepreneurial higher education, promoting university-industry cooperation

facilitating commercialization of innovative ideas.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Develop and start a new master course on Innovation system for engineers
  • Develop and start a new master course on Entrepreneurship for engineers
  • Introduce innovation pedagogy and innovation competence assessment
  • Establish 8 innovation centers at partner universities
  • Support students and staff to commercialese innovation ideas and create new start-ups
  • Organize an innovation competition for students and staff members
  • Disseminate the results to other universities in partner countries.


Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)  

Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS)

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA)

National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA)

Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia (MoES)

Scientific Education Reforms Foundation (SERF)                                                                                   

Yerevan Telecommunication Research Institute (YeTRI)

Georgian Technical University (GTU)

Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (BSU)

Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (MES)

SMART Consulting

Belarusian State University (BSU)

Brest State Technical Universiity (BrSTU)

Ministry of Education of Belaruse (MoE)

Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications (AUPET)

Taraz State University (TarSU)

Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center (BPAMC)

ND and Co, Ltd

Project Coordinator:  Huaan Fan (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)) 

Duration of the project: 2016-2019

Project website:

Project Local coordinator:

Ruben Aghgashyan
Prof. of NPUA, Vice-rector


Planned Activities:

  • Study visit on Swedish innovation systems
  • Training of trainers on entrepreneurship, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
  • Questionnaire survey on innovation and entrepreneurship in partner countries
  • Development and Introduction of master courses Innovation systems and Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • Workshop on innovation pedagogy at Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Workshop on innovation competence assessment at Belarusian State University
  • Workshop on innovation-oriented curricula design at Taraz State University, Kazakhstan
  • Establishment of 8 Innovation centers
  • Develop and provide business incubator services for students and staff members
  • Organize an innovation competition in four partner countries