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Creation of a network infrastructure to support innovative youth entrepreneurship on the platforms of production laboratories
  
      1. About the project

This project is designed to solve in the economy and the higher education system of Belarus and Ukraine such problems as the marginalization of the private sector and the lack of modern approaches in teaching engineering specialties and the formation of an entrepreneurial culture.

The project aims to develop an environment that stimulates engineering creativity, entrepreneurship and promotes youth employment through a networked infrastructure of interaction between universities, business and industry on the platforms of production laboratories. Five university laboratories with innovative equipment will be created in higher education institutions in Belarus and Ukraine for the implementation of student engineering projects and will serve as university-entrepreneurial meeting places, opening up networking opportunities in both directions. Five training kits, including e-learning materials, will be developed in English and Russian using an approach consistent with the requirements of the Bologna Process. They will combine creative engineering and business aspects to develop the educational and communication skills of students, trainees, and will be based on modern pedagogical approaches. The curricula of the relevant engineering specialties will be updated in accordance with the developed teaching materials

The implementation of the project will create a strong impact on different levels: at the institutional level, the laboratories and the database of e-learning materials will be freely used by students and all university staff in their daily educational process. At the local and regional level, society as a whole will be included in the laboratory activities through a huge information campaign with the involvement of local print and electronic media. At the national level, the development of network infrastructure to support youth innovative entrepreneurship will help to duplicate academia, industry and academia, as well as business, through support from national government agencies. At the international level, a network of contacts will be developed for the exchange of best practices and the future implementation of the project.

        2. Aim: 

Creation of conditions for the development of engineering creativity, involvement of young people in entrepreneurial activity and promotion of employment through the creation and development of a network infrastructure for interaction between universities, business and industry on the platforms of production laboratories.

         3. В рамках проекта планируется:

1) create 5 university production laboratories in partner countries;

2) to develop teaching methods and the content of training courses, as well as modernize the curricula of universities in partner countries;

3) create a network infrastructure to support youth innovative entrepreneurship through the establishment of interaction between universities, business and industry.

4. Duration:

 3,5 years

        5. Project consortium:
  • New University of Buckinghamshire (UK) - Project Coordinator
  • Business Incubator Foundation Zealand (Denmark)
  • University of Valencia (Spain)
  • Greta de Veley (France)
  • University of Ghent (Belgium)
  • Graduate School of Management (Portugal)
  • IRRADIARE (Portugal)
  • IASA of the National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI" (Ukraine)
  • Kharkiv National Economic University (Ukraine)
  • Ternopil National Technical University (Ukraine)
  • Science and Technology Park BNTU "Polytechnic" (Belarus)
  • Belarusian National Technical University (Belarus)
  • Belarusian State University (Belarus)

All news, materials, as well as other useful information about the activities of the universities participating in the consortium and the progress of the project are available on the website and on the Facebook social network.

        6. Web-site:

https://erasmusplus.by

7. Facebook: 

facebook.com/fablaberasmus

At BSU, the project is being implemented by the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Research Laboratory "Applied Mechanics" of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, together with the Department of International Programs and Projects of the UMC.

         8. Contacts:
  • head of the working group of the FABLAB project, Sergey Khvesenya, head of the Applied Mechanics Research Laboratory, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics; tel.: + 375 (17) 209 53 45 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
9. Project results:

- In order to effectively promote the results of the project, the scientific and technological park of BNTU "Polytechnic" developed and created the following visualization elements: a website (www.fablab-erasmus.eu/ru), a logo and a page on the social network Facebook (www.facebook.com/fablaberasmus/).

- As part of the first phase of the project, an analysis of the existing experience and management of fab labs in the EU and partner countries was carried out. The BSU working group has prepared an analytical report in English.

- BSU representatives took part in the following project activities abroad:

  • starting meeting in Kiev (Ukraine) 4-7.04. 2016 year,
  • training for fablab administrators in the EU in France 4-9 .09.2016,
  • training for fablab administrators in the EU in a number of cities in Denmark 10-14.10.2016.

- For the implementation of the project, a list of equipment was determined and agreed with the coordinator, the procedure for purchasing equipment at the BSU was started: a tender was held for the purchase of equipment, a supplier was selected. To date, the agreement has been signed and sent to the coordinator.

- On December 1, 2016, on the basis of BNTU, the project was monitored by the Erasmus + Office in the Republic of Belarus.

- Employees of BSU also took part in educational trainings:

  • training at the University of Ghent (Belgium) on the topic "3D-2D design and engineering", 21-25.11. 2016.
  • training organized by the educational organization IRRADIARE and the School of Business and Economics (Portugal) on the topic "Innovation management and distribution in the market", 19-24.02.2017,
  • training at the University of Valencia (Spain) on the topic "Rapid prototyping and production", 03-07.04.2017,
  • training at the New University of Buckinghamshire (UK) on the topic "Management of fab lab projects", 12-16.06.2017.

- Based on training trainings, training courses on fab lab have been developed and are in agreement with the coordinator:

  • "Rapid prototyping and manufacturing",
  • "Theory of Inventive Problem Solving"
  • "3D-modeling and design",
  • "Management of fab lab projects",
  • "Market Distribution".

- The staff of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of BSU held two internal information seminars "Creating a fab lab" and "Fab lab. How to implement your ideas", 05/12/2017 and 06/05/2017 (respectively).

- 28/07/2018 on the basis of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and the Research Laboratory of Applied Mechanics of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of BSU, a production laboratory FABLAB was opened. The opening event was attended by the Dean of Mechanics and Mathematics Dmitry Georgievich Medvedev, teachers, young scientists, graduate students and undergraduates of the faculty.

Vasily Safonov, Vice-Rector for Science of BSU, and Mikhail Zhuravkov, Head of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, addressed the audience with a solemn speech.

Some of the available capabilities of the Fablab production laboratory were demonstrated by Oleg Nasan, an employee of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

The laboratory is equipped with modern equipment:

  • three 3D printers (Flashforge Finder, Flashforge Dreamer, CreatBot DX Plus);
  • EinScan Pro 3D scanner with turntable;
  • laser engraver Raylogic 11G 530 Maxima:
  • two 3D handles
  • and a number of additional application tools with software.

All interested students who implement applied projects within the framework of coursework, diploma, scientific papers, joint programs with other universities, as well as university staff and teachers participating in State programs of scientific and scientific and technical research and having innovative ideas, will be able to use the technical resources of the laboratory. which can be realized with new equipment. The laboratory is open free of charge to all active students and teachers, both natural science and humanitarian specialties.

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Where to contact?

Independence avenue, 4 (main building of BSU)

aud. 339

+375 17 2095449

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- 16/08/2018 within the framework of a study visit with the main research areas, as well as with the advanced laboratories of the Belarusian State University, a delegation of the Dalian Technological University of 5 people under the leadership of the Director of Administrative Affairs of the Joint Institute of DTU-BSU Wu Heng visited Fablab.

- September 17, 2018, within the framework of the seminar of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, the head of the Laboratory of Electronic Systems of the University of Buffalo, New York, Professor Cemal Basaran, visited, during which the participants exchanged experiences on the role of production laboratories in the learning process on the example of the Belarusian State University and the University of Buffalo.

- 25.09.2018  September issue of the BSU newspaper "UNIVERSITET" with an article «FABLAB – сучасная майстэрня інавацый», timed to coincide with the opening of FabLab.

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