Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) are recognised in Europe for the quick absorption of new knowledge, innovative processes, models and technologies. They are an important booster of innovations in many other sectors. CCIs need genuine interaction between different fields of research and studies in a way that education will not just encourage a new mindset geared toward the valorisation of the creative economy, but also foster a better understanding of the CCIs as “beacons” of a knowledge-based inclusive society. Still, CCIs are regionally determined, thrive on local resources and bring value to the communities by creating jobs at the regional and local level. At the same time, the CCIs have been among the most affected sectors by the pandemic and their recovery and viability needs the coordinated actions of all stakeholders.

In order to valorize the positive effects of the CCIs on the local and regional economies and to identify development prospects, five established academic and research institutions launched the Erasmus+ Project called FENICE: Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Cultural and Creative Industries through Interdisciplinary Education. We are the Varna University of Management from Varna, Bulgaria, Greek Academic Network from Athens, Greece, Universitatea Nationala De Arte from Buchares, Romania, Universidade Portucalense from Porto, Portugal, and Univerzitet U Novom Sadu from Novi Sad, Serbia.

FENICE seeks to enhance the quality and relevance of business and art education for the CCIs by focusing on the non-technological innovations that are created within the creative economy in our countries and regions. We shall achieve this via

–  research and best practices exchange in the field of management and entrepreneurship for the CCIs in view of adapting education to creative economy’s skills needs, innovation and sustainability value;

– cross-fertilisation between business/economics, arts, heritage, IT and media studies and develop innovative syllabuses on this basis;

– modelling an academia-business partnership to promote incubation, start-ups and entrepreneurship in CCIs in the local communities.

FENICE runs from November 2020 until October 2022.

Follow our work on our website www.fenice-project.eu and via facebook #FENICE.

Youth Counseling against Radicalization an Holistic Approach to support Vulnerable Adolescents (YCARE)

Period: 1/12/2015 – 30/11/2017

Funding: Netherlands, in the context of Erasmus+ Programm

In the past few years radicalization towards violent extremist and terrorist positions is considered an increasing threat in the European Union. Because of recent terrorist attacks, an increase in young people who participate or sympathize with extremist groups and an increase in other forms of violence and intolerance (e.g. juvenile gangs, xenophobia, islamophobia etc.), radicalization has become a priority and a challenge on the political agenda.

Smart Patients Holistic Empowerment of Citizens to Become Expert in Their Own Health

Period: 9/2016 – 8/2018
Funding: Croatia in the context of Erasmus+ Programm

A concrete theme identified in the EU Health Strategy includes „empowering citizens – putting patients at the heart of the system and encouraging them to be involved in managing their own healthcare needs“. Preventive care should therefore not be left alone to doctors and hospitals, also the individual must be empowered and become a „smart patient“.

Therapy 2.0 – Counselling and Therapeutic Interactions with Digital Natives

Period: 9/2016 – 8/2018
Funding: Germany in the context of Erasmus+

Up to now most activities concerning counselling and therapy with ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) have been limited to applications of personal computers for emails and internet tools. Counsellors and therapists still rely almost exclusively on traditional interaction with their clients (“the couch”). Due to this, especially the younger generation and “digital natives” may not be reached to the full extent, as they have a fundamentally different communication behaviour.

Naval Fire Fighting Training & Education System (NAFTES)

Period: 10/2016 – 9/2018

Funding: Greece (ΙΚΥ) in the context of ERASMUS+ programm.:

The project aims at developing a holistic Naval Fire Fighting Training and Education System (NAFTES) to complement existing training infrastructure available in a special Unit of the HMOD (Hellenic Navy, Naval Training Command – NTC). The discussed training facilities are the Fire Fighting Simulator (FFS) and the Crew Evacuation Simulator (CES) both installed and operated in the Damage Control School (DCS) of the NTC (Naval Fortress of Skaramagkas).

Health and Social Care Promotion Materials That Focus on Intimacy and Sexuality in the Third Age (INTIMAGE)

Period: 9/2014 – 8/2016

Funding: EU – Erasmus+ Programm

We, as society, don’t discuss sexuality enough when considering the lives of older adults. It’s easy to assume that ageing brings dramatic changes and that sexuality is not a topic that concerns older adults to any great degree. However, everyone while becoming older understands that sexuality is an important part of life, throughout one’s lifetime.

Browsing through the compendia of Lifelong Learning projects, there is a colorful multitude of projects that have developed teaching and learning materials for seniors, but none of them refers to the fact that health care professionals cannot find information to learn more about aging and sexuality.

Social Literacy Training for Public Sector Staff

Period: 1/2013 – 3/2015

Funding: EU – Lifelong Learning Programm

Social literacy means the presence of social skills, knowledge and positive human values that support the ability in people to act positively and responsibly in social settings, and also their ability to successfully and deliberately mediate his/her world as family members, workers, citizens and lifelong learners.The public sector needs staff with a high level of social skills to meet public expectations. Therefore, governments and communities are interested to increase the standards of their staff and to develop their abilities for teamwork and for professional and personal life skills.

Central Repository of Greek Open Courses

Period: 1/2013 – 10/2015

Funding: NSRF 2007 – 2013. Operational Programm “Life Long Learning”, co-financed by Greece and the European Union.

The horizontal project “Central Repository of Greek Open Courses” aimed at supporting the Greek HEI in developing and providing open academic courses. The main target of the horizontal project is to develop, and make available to the public, a National Open Courses Search Portal (NOCS) as a means for searching centrally the open courses provided by the Greek HEI. A big number of open courses include educational multimedia content, such as video lectures.

RESILIENCE – a key skill for education and job – a key skill for education and job

Period: 12/2012 – 11/2014

Funding: EU – Lifelong Learning Programm

The main objective of the project is to establish “resilience” as a horizontal theme in adult education.  We also consider the pursuit of resilience as a key competence enabling individuals to adapt to a changing society and labour market requirements and to strengthen self-confidence and personal fulfilment.

ARTIP – Awareness Raising and Training for the Istanbul Protocol

Period: 4/2010 – 12/2012

Funding: EU – Lifelong Learning Programm

Social and especially organized violence is one of the most destructive forces impacting on health, quality of life of individuals and groups, and on civil society in general. Careful interaction with and support of survivors in legal procedures, documentation, monitoring and persecution leading to both prevention and rehabilitation have been targeted therefore by international standards by the UN “Istanbul Protocol Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” (IP).