At the TRIZ Summit 2019 in Minsk we discussed in more detail plans to set up an European TRIZ Trainings Network and compile an ERASMUS+ proposal to support these plans.
This is a raw first draft of a proposal, subject to further changes in any place and point.
This is a joint initiative of the universities in Leipzig (Germany) and Minsk (Belarus) that operate a bilateral ERASMUS cooperation agreement since 2006.
We discussed with the local administrations in Minsk (A. Rytov) and Leipzig (A. Vorpagel) that the best chances for such a proposal are within the Key Action 2 (1) Programme “Capacity Building in the field of higher education”. The new call is issued in October 2019. It is the last call within that programme, since the programs will change due to the upcoming new legislation period of the EU parliament.
There was a similar call for 2018 (2) that we use as a raw guide to set up the required consortium and agree upon the principal goals of the proposal.
Due to the special structure of the potential partners we plan to set up a multiregional project (3, see 3.5 and 3.6 - this has to be evaluated in more detail). “Eligible countries” (4) are divided into Programme Countries (i.e. Member States of the European Union and some Accociates) and Partner Countries (neighbouring the EU)
For the moment we got expressions of interest to join the proposal from partners in the Member States and in the Regions 2 and 4.
The project will be coordinated by the Leipzig University (Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science - some technical questions remains to be clarified) and co-coordinated by the Belarussian State University Minsk. Coordinating partners (“project development team”) on behalf of the TRIZ community are
As explained in the 2019 guidelines (5, p. 164) “Joint Projects aim at producing outcomes that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Partner Countries involved in the project. These projects typically focus on three different types of activities:
In our special situation – developing a teaching practice in modern contradiction oriented innovation methodology (as TRIZ) for a wide ranging audience reaching from students enroled in engineering courses to those in computer science or business administration in strong cooperation with practices of SME business partners – the third line is best suited for this needs.
We designed a raw draft of a possible proposal:
A strong link should be made to OER (Open Educational Resources), i.e. compile a stock of freely available common material that can serve local business (both in education and training). So earn money not from IP but from Services. Note that we started with this WUMM Project already an initiative in that direction and set up a certain github based infrastructure.
One has to fit the proposal along the “political lines” pretended by the EU “that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Partner Countries” (i.e. from Region 2 and 4), even if the real situation in our context is completely different and the Member States “benefit principally and directly” from our activities.
Due to the ERASMUS restrictions the proposal should indentify at most 10 main partners in all involved regions, so we think it would be useful to define the notions main partner and associated partner, and assign a main partner to each associate thus assembling TRIZ Regions.
We propose to define a contact person in each of the upcoming TRIZ Regions to coordinate the communication within the setup of our proposal and, if the application will be successful, take the regional responsibility for the implementation of the project.
This Web page contains the current state of preparation of the project as agreed within the Project Development Team that consists so far of
We set up a mailing list (with archive accessible to the members only) as communcation medium to have all discussions in a common place.
Hans-Gert Gräbe, June 22, 2019