The CEEPUS strategy of connection within Central Europe follows the same philosophy of the integration of Central European partners into the education and research community by enabling the exchange of knowledge, expertise and innovation through the mobility of students on all levels, as well as through teaching staff mobility. By proposing a broad, yet precisely defined thematic network we believe that we will contribute to strengthen academic ties in the Raw Materials Sector across Central Europe.
One of RIC ESEE’s main tasks is bringing the ESEE Region to the EIT RawMaterials and the EIT RawMaterials to the ESEE Region and we believe that this strategy, as accentuation of the overall EIT RawMaterials sector, will allow the Central European Partners to participate in European Projects and funding schemes through RIC ESEE. Mobility of academics aims at the result of cooperation projects along the lines of the Knowledge Triangle will lead to the re-establishment of the ESEE region as confident industrial, research and academic player in the Raw Materials sector.
In our first year of RAMSIS we are applying for the network from six partner countries and six Higher Education Institutions, but among them numerous faculties. Due to the multidisciplinary background of all partner institutions involved in the value-added raw materials chain, we believe it is of utmost importance that a multitude of faculties is represented in the network. Montanuniversitaet Leoben is the only partner where all participating faculties are coordinated through one unit, RIC ESEE. As coordination with different faculties can be challenging we opted to start out with fewer countries in order to make sure we can fulfill our mobility goals in 2016/17 and to then build on expanding the network in for future submissions, should we be granted funding.
An important aspect of our program are the silent partners involved (currently 24). As pointed out, the three sides of the Knowledge Triangle are always represented in our activities and we believe that our student as well as faculty should be working together closely with the industry. Silent partners were not asked for a financial contribution as their function will be in advisory roles for projects, but also for student internships. All silent partners are partners with whom the network partners have collaborated in the past and as such CEEPUS offers an institutionalization of these contacts.