29 March 2023
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Sprungbrett Innovation School

Six Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties from Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina (Bihac Uni­ver­si­ty), Mace­do­nia (Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Cyril and Method­ius), Switzer­land (Bern Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences), Ser­bia (Bel­grade Uni­ver­si­ty), Slove­nia (Ljubl­jana Uni­ver­si­ty) and Rus­sia (St. Peters­burg State For­est Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty). With­in the frame­work of this project, annu­al­ly, three times a year, con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars are held in one of the coun­tries, aimed to devel­op­ing the inno­v­a­tive­ness and cre­ativ­i­ty of stu­dents in the forestry and wood­work­ing industry.

Every year, the Swiss Eco­nom­ic Fund for the Pro­mo­tion of Train­ing in the Tech­nol­o­gy of Wood Pro­cess­ing con­ducts one busi­ness day in coop­er­a­tion with the BFH-AHB. At the same time they want to cre­ate a spe­cial plat­form to improve the employ­ment and exchange of knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence of stu­dents in Euro­pean and Russ­ian enterprises.

Many well-known Swiss and inter­na­tion­al com­pa­nies present their activ­i­ties and offer prob­lems for solv­ing by inter­na­tion­al groups of stu­dents under the guid­ance of a coor­di­nat­ing pro­fes­sor, and also talk with stu­dents inter­est­ed in find­ing a job.


Con­fer­ence of the inter­na­tion­al project Sprung­brett Inno­va­tion School

The con­fer­ence “Inno­v­a­tive School Sprung­brett” is held in par­al­lel with the busi­ness day. Thus, par­tic­i­pants get an oppor­tu­ni­ty to lis­ten to an addi­tion­al range of indus­try reports. Its goal is to present the best stu­dent reports on the top­ic of forestry and wood­work­ing indus­try in the econ­o­my and soci­ety, as well as the exchange of expe­ri­ence between stu­dents and young sci­en­tists from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence “Inno­va­tion School Sprung­brett” sci­en­tif­ic the­ses of the best stu­dents from six uni­ver­si­ties of Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina, Rus­sia, Mace­do­nia, Ser­bia, Slove­nia, Ger­many and two uni­ver­si­ties of Switzer­land are presented.

With­in the frame­work of the sem­i­nar, entre­pre­neurs offer case stud­ies / or prob­lems / or for­mu­lat­ed ques­tions. Stu­dents devel­op spe­cif­ic solu­tions in inter­na­tion­al groups, in which they con­tribute knowl­edge of the spe­cial­ty and expe­ri­ence from their coun­try. Through group work and the exchange of expe­ri­ence, stu­dents togeth­er learn the orga­ni­za­tion of a small inter­na­tion­al project. At the end of the work­shop, each group presents the results to enter­pris­es, and enter­pris­es assess their per­for­mance. Based on the results of the work of stu­dents, the results of the sem­i­nar are pub­lished in spe­cial pro­fes­sion­al jour­nals of the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries. As a result, this activ­i­ty is becom­ing known at the inter­na­tion­al level.

In addi­tion to the sem­i­nars, indus­try excur­sions and cul­tur­al events are orga­nized. “The inno­v­a­tive school” Sprung­brett “, which is part of the train­ing (stu­dents receive ECTS [1] ‑points and a cer­tifi­cate of atten­dance), is held annu­al­ly and 4 stu­dents from each coun­try par­tic­i­pate in it.


Project Coor­di­na­tor from Russia:

Varank­i­na Gali­na Stepanovna,

Pro­fes­sor, Doc­tor of Tech­ni­cal Sciences

e‑mail: varagalina@yandex.ru

Project meet­ing

The last inter­na­tion­al stu­dent sci­en­tif­ic — prac­ti­cal con­fer­ence “Inno­va­tion School” SPRUNGBRETT “, sup­port­ed by the Stiftung Mer­ca­tor Schweiz Foun­da­tion, was held in Skop­je (Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Cyril and Method­ius) from 29.10.2017 to 04.11.2017.

At the con­fer­ence, stu­dents pre­sent­ed their projects in the field of fur­ni­ture design. The project is aimed to sup­port­ing young sci­en­tists and engi­neers, devel­op­ing skills of inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tion, pro­mot­ing pro­fes­sion­al and cul­tur­al inter­ac­tion, and intro­duc­ing research results into pro­duc­tion. The project results are the oppor­tu­ni­ty to receive new devel­op­ments and projects for the fur­ni­ture indus­try and to increase the entre­pre­neur­ial poten­tial of young pro­fes­sion­als. The result of this project was an unusu­al devel­op­ment in the form of a trans­former, which can be used as an entrance hall of a res­i­den­tial build­ing or an office building.