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Creating a Global Network for University – GCU event in Brussels

A meeting, organized by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), took place on the 6th and 7th of September in Brussels. Thematically, the role of Higher Education Institutions in social innovation projects took center stage at the event. In that context, different projects were introduced. Dmitri Domanski, researcher at TU Dortmund University, presented the projects SI-DRIVE and SIC.


With the aim of implementing a global network that enables knowledge exchange of Higher Education Institutions in social innovation initiatives, various projects were presented within the course of the two day event. Thereby, GCU introduced the participants to the projects LASIN and SEASIN. Dmitri Domanski presented the project SI-DRIVE and provided information about the Social Innovation Community (SIC). Representatives from the European Commission and researchers from Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America and South Africa attended the meeting.

TU Dortmund University is also involved in the Erasmus+ project Students for Change, which was presented by researchers of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). The project‘s main objective is to draw up a pedagogical method for Latin American universities that allows them to teach and train upcoming innovators and entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and knowledge to actively develop social innovations.

Besides that, GCU presented the project “Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange – SIKE”, which aims at demonstrating the potential of Higher Education Institutions to use their knowledge in order to affect social change in a direct and meaningful way. Thereby, leading socially innovative universities team up with experienced social innovation drivers to create an ecosystem that nurtures and supports sustainable, resilient and responsible innovation. TU Dortmund University is among SIKE’s partner universities, elaborating on different work packages within the project.