DIT as European Partner for ‘Growth Hub’ to Indonesia

7 June 2018

Pictured centre- DIT College of Business John Jameson (Head of DIT School of Retail & Services Management and Paul O' Reilly (Head of DIT School of Management) host a HEInnovate Workshop in Cikarang, Indonesia for several Indonesian Universities.

DIT College of Business has partnered with a group of Indonesian and European higher education institutions as part of a €1 million EU-funded project, designed to address the challenge of developing and retaining home-grown entrepreneurial talent.

The ‘Growing Indonesia – a Triangular Approach’ project will create a series of ‘Growth Hubs,’ initially in seven Indonesian universities over the coming five years– Growth Hubs are physical spaces where academics, students, graduates, start-ups and enterprises come together to share ideas.

 The project, which began in October 2017, is in the process of auditing its seven initial partner Indonesian HEIs, all of which are based on Java. This process will continue until July 2018, after which the institutions will act as ‘pillars’ for an expanding network of other universities, sharing the model and replicating best entrepreneurial practice. During this time, experts will assess, plan and guide entrepreneurial programs at Indonesian universities designed to support graduates and local communities.

John Jameson

John Jameson (Head of DIT School of Retail & Services Management) delivering a HEInnovate Workshop in Cikarang, Indonesia

The project consortium, brings together four European and seven Indonesian universities. European partners include Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (Germany) and the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Partners in Indonesia include President University in Jakarta, Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Universitas Negeri Semarang in Semarang, Universitas Brawijaya and STIE Malangkucecwara in Malang, as well as Universitas Ahmad Dahlan and Universitas Islam Indonesia in Yogyakarta.

The main goal of the consortium is the development of institutional action plans for the integration of entrepreneurial activity within each Indonesian institution and to plan for the design of physical spaces to be developed into local Growth Hubs. The development of action plans is based on institutional self-assessments using the HEInnovate tool developed by Dublin Institute of Technology. The tool provides a methodology for higher education institutions to explore their entrepreneurial and innovative potential. 

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