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GraDAna EU Project (2106-2018)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competences of Iranian Higher Education Graduates through Data Analytics

Coordinator:Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Duration:October 2016-September 2018.
Funding:European Commission
Project Website:gradana.csd.auth.gr.
Project total Budget: 688,855 EUR
Project European Partners:

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Greece
  • Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  • University of Bonn, Germany
  • Web2Learn, Greece
  • Petanux GmbH, Germany

GraDAna is a cross-national project bringing together Iranian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with European HEIs and European small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). It aims at curriculum development and staff training in the two regions (Iran and Europe) on the topic of data analytics. GraDAna consists of 5 EU partners, 3 top Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) + 2 small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and 6 top Iranian HEIs. The involved Iranian HEIs lead research and education nationwide and are geographically balanced located. The project seeks to foster HE cooperation between EU and Iran. It improves entrepreneurship and employability of Iranian HE graduates by elevating their competences in the emerging field of Data Analytics (DA). Involved EU partners have outstanding background in DA and related disciplines. GraDAna transfers know-hows, experiences and best-practices to Iranian HEIs through its sustainable international university-enterprise cooperation plans.

GraDAna aims at:

  • Exploiting Iran’s potentials in science and industry as a “terra incognita”, especially after the recent removal of long time sanctions and new cooperation agreements between Iran and Europeans.
  • Improving entrepreneurship, employability and competitiveness of graduates through modernised trainings in DA and related disciplines.
  • Supporting the 2nd largest unemployed group of graduates in Iran (IT sector) by enhancing their professional competences.
  • Addressing “Iranian Governmental Policy on Developing Strategies to Support VET for HE Graduates”.
  • Proving the extrovert, multicultural and collaborative EU approach to globalization.
  • Sharing European expertise from internationally renowned HEIs and cross-fertilization with Iranian priorities in HE.
  • Inclusion of regional business/industry stakeholders in the project events.