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About us

Agora Institute for Knowledge Management is a private company with its core expertise in designing and implementing international multilateral projects in the fields of innovation and education. Our competences cover the whole project lifecycle, from proposal drafting and project acquisition to implementation, dissemination, exploitation and quality assessment.

Agora Institute provides professional expertise on various areas, namely intellectual property and knowledge management, internationalisation, collaborative research, quality assessment, and organisational development to help education institutions and other social and economic actors achieve greater excellence, navigate change, and drive more powerful partnerships at the national, regional and international levels.

We are inspired by multicultural values, integrating interdisciplinary and holistic approaches into our services. Our interventions are carefully shaped to the target context, pursuing a real change at the individual, organisational and community levels, and endorsing the fundamental principles of human rights and inclusive development that are embedded into the 2030 Development Agenda and the EU policies for sustainable and inclusive growth.

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Projects

Title: IP Capacities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the MEDiterranean Region 

Geographical area: Tunisia – Jordan

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: enicbcmed.eu/projects/ipmed

Title: University Business Engagement – A SMART Path for Development in Indonesia

Geographical area: Indonesia – Spain – Finland – Italy

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: erasmus-smart.eu

Title: Strategic Human Resources Management for Southeast Asian Universities 

Geographical area: Vietnam – Laos – Thailand – Cambodia

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: hr4asia.eu

 

Title: Strengthening Quality Assurance in Cambodian Higher Education

Geographical area: Cambodia

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: sica-project.eu

Title: The MEDiterranean Public HEALTH Alliance

Geographical area: Palestine – jordan – Tunisia

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: med-health-eu.net

 

Title: Boosting Environmental Protection and Energy Efficient Buildings in           Mediterranean Region 

Geographical area: Tunisia – Morocco – Algeria

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: proemed.eu

Title: Strategic IP Management for Effective R&I in Asian Higher Education

Geographical area: Indonesia – Thailand – Malaysia – Philippines

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: spire-project.eu

Title: Heightening University – Business Partnerships for Smart and Sustainable Growth in Asia 

Geographical area: Vietnam – Cambodia – Mongolia – Nepal

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: hub4growth.eu

Title: Improving Internationalisation practices in South Asian Higher Education

Geographical area: India – Nepal – Afghanistan 

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: erasmus-merge.eu

Title: Quality Assurance and EUR-ACE Accreditation of Engineering Programmes in Mediterranean Area 

Geographical area: Algeria – Jordan – Tunisia 

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: medaccr.eu

Title: Vocational training center for undergraduate university students and teachers in Jordan

Geographical area: Jordan 

Funding Source: European Commission

Website: ju.edu.jo/en/vtc

News

Boosting the socio-economic development in Indonesia

Boosting the socio-economic development in Indonesia

The EU co-funded project SMART was launched online on 24-25 June, 2020. Participants in the event included official delegates from 9 Indonesian and European universities, including representatives from Agora Institute.

The kick-off meeting was held in an extremely productive and harmonious atmosphere since representatives of all project partners from Indonesia, Finland, Italy and Spain presented the work packages and objectives of the project, discussed activities of the first project year, and made different constructive suggestions.

SMART aims at enhancing university-business cooperation at Indonesian HEIs to help them identify opportunities for development, generate research-based knowledge, and contribute to the on-going education in the field.

MERGE kicks off online

MERGE kicks off online

On June 17-18, 2020, the University of Genoa and Agora Institute co-chaired the kick-off meeting of the Merge project. The successful meeting was held online and gathered all consortium partners: Università degli Studi di Genoa, Agora Institute, Universitatea Lucian Blaga din Sibiu, Anna University, Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Mid – Westerns University, Tribhuvan University, Kabul University and Nangarhar University.

The two-day meeting was properly organized according to the schedule proposed by Angelo Musaio (Project Coordinator and head of the International Cooperation Office at the University of Genoa): presentation of each partner, work packages, objectives, responsibilities and key dates. The meeting was an excellent opportunity for the consortium to get to know each other, discuss the implementation of the project, and clarify questions on the impact of COVID-19 on its development.

The main objective of Merge is to improve internationalisation practices through strengthening institutional capacity in south Asian higher education institutions on a regional level.

Agora’s flagship project on IP was launched in Amman-Jordan

Agora’s flagship project on IP was launched in Amman-Jordan

The EU-funded project IPMED – Intellectual Properties Capacities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Mediterranean Region- was officially launched on 10 of February 2020 in Amman, Jordan under the premises of the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO). In addition to the project partners, The event counted with the participation of several IP and innovation stakeholders in Jordan, the  ENI CBC Med Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office representatives and the head of the European Union Delegation, Ms.Maria Hadjitheodosiou. IPMED  project will  contribute to the innovation potential of Mediterranean start-ups, young and women entrepreneurs through enhancement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) support and capacities and  more specifically the action will aim  to strengthen IP related knowledge and awareness of start-ups, youth and women entrepreneurs,to set up/upgrade specialised IP support services and to improve the capacities of public authorities and innovation brokers in the Mediterranean basin.The consortium will be composed by the Enterprise Development Corporation – Jordan ,Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Greece ,FILSE Financial Agency of Liguria Region-Italy , the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tunis-Tunisia and Agora institute who will play a key role in the project capacity building programme targeting the Mediterranean MSMEs.

Regional Conference on IP management in HIEs held in Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia

Regional Conference on IP management in HIEs held in Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia

The Spire project has organised it’s first regional  conference aimed at strengthening the ASEAN local innovation ecosystem in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 28-29 November 2019. A total of 120 people from 9 countries around the world, namely: Malaysia, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Philippines and Thailand participated in the above conference.  The conference, themed “IP exploitation creativity”, provided a platform to interlink and enhance IP exploitation innovation and creativity knowledge in the arena of research, innovation and commercialisation. In particular, the conference contributed to strengthen knowledge and skills among IP Managers in Institutions of Higher Learning (IPT) towards providing comprehensive IP management services; to empower IP Management Units in providing efficient IP management services to industry and community and to establish a network of IP managers in the ASEAN region  as a reference point for all IP exploitation efforts. Spire is a capacity building project funded under the EU Programme Erasmus plus. 

EQASA Closing conference  in Chennai – India

EQASA Closing conference in Chennai – India

Agora Institute participated in the  EQASA final conference held on 21 and 22 February 2020 in Chennai, India. Hosted by the Anna University, the event welcomed over 70 participants including directors of university centres, professors, students, and other stakeholders such as faculty deans and experts from India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Greece, Italy, Spain and UK .Within two days, speakers from 10 different institutions lectured about Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions, presented their final case studies and strategic plans, and analyzed the impact of the project on each partner University.

This conference closes a 3-year Erasmus plus project aimed at supporting sustainable socio-economic growth in South Asia by strengthening institutional capacity in HEIs and enhancing the culture of QA.

SICA Training on Strategic planning in Cambodia

SICA Training on Strategic planning in Cambodia

Agora institute has organized a successful training workshop on quality assurance strategic planning on 14-15 November at Battambang University Cambodia within the frame of the Erasmus plus funded project SICA. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the participants to strategic planning processes and to coach Cambodian universities working groups during the development of  their strategic plans. The training workshop has been attended by up to 25 trainees from 6 Cambodian universities’ and the national quality agency.

Fifth Steering Committee  Meeting of HR4ASIA project in Alicante -Spain

Fifth Steering Committee Meeting of HR4ASIA project in Alicante -Spain

The Meeting of the Steering Committee of HR4ASIA  project was hosted by Agora Institute in Alicante-Spain on 26 & 27 March  2019 with the participation of all the project representatives from South East Asia. During the meeting, the results of six month’s work of the HR working Groups were presented, as well as the prospects for further development of the project.

Project Beneficiaries also provided their feedback on the work of the Project and defined priorities for the work in 2019.

PSC members unanimously accepted the Report on the activities implemented in the 2018, and the Plan of Actions. The next meeting of the Steering Committee of the HR4ASIA will be held in In Vietnam in  October 2019.

Regional conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education held in Augurabad – India

Regional conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education held in Augurabad – India

The Eqasa project regional conference  on  Quality Assurance in South Asian Higher Education was held at BAMU University, Augurabad – India on 2-4 March 2019 .The conference aimed to provide current information on strengthening internal quality assurance toward international recognition for academics, practitioners, and policy makers as well as stakeholders. Moreover, the event provided a forum to stimulate idea, share good practices , evidences and lesson learned among participants form India and Europe.  This Event was implemented as a part of the Erasmus+ Capacity building  project  EQASA – Enhancing quality assurance in South Asia HEIs, aiming  at supporting sustainable socio-economic growth in South Asia by strengthening institutional capacity in HEIs and enhancing the culture of QA.

Quality Assurance Training Workshop in Kathmandu – Nepal

Quality Assurance Training Workshop in Kathmandu – Nepal

Agora Institute has participated in the successful training workshop on study programme assessment and accreditation held from 17-21 December 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The purpose of this EQASA project training workshop was to share quality assurance practices and analyze the differences in accreditation processes between HEIs in Europe and South Asia. Moreover, the event provided a forum for the participants to learn about curriculum design, learning outcomes, quality culture and quality assurance mechanisms at HEIs. Throughout the five-day training workshop, each university had the opportunity to present self-implemented activities, quality assurance processes and strategic plans.

HR4ASIA Conference on Human Resources Management in Bangkok – Thailand

HR4ASIA Conference on Human Resources Management in Bangkok – Thailand

Agora Institute has joined the  regional conference on ‘Human Resources Management in Higher Education’ held  in Bangkok, Thailand on 26 October 2018. This ASEAN  conference was a unique juncture for HR professionals and people managers in Asian and Europe  to debate on HR function in HE as well as a  platform to  exchange  ideas and good practices on HRM. More than one hundred participants from the Asean has joined this event.  The main  topic addressed  was:  HR strategies and policies, Recruitment and retention and Workforce planning in Universities.

 

Rise Project Training on Performance Management in Alicante -Spain

Rise Project Training on Performance Management in Alicante -Spain

Agora Institute organised a workshop on “Performance Management in HEIs: Performance Appraisals & Reward Schemes”  as part of the ERASMUS capacity building project RISE in Alicante  on 13-14 September 2018.
The workshop was delivered by Agora Institute experts . The purpose of the present training workshop was to tackle a wide range of aspects in connection with both strategic and practical needs of performance management (and particularly, performance appraisals and reward schemes) in HEIs. In particular, RISE training event contributed:
• To develop a general understanding of the performance management at the university context and to explore its key aspects.
• To share and Compare  different models  of performance Management in EU Higher education;
• To Support Rise trainees in developing a performance framework in their institutions.
The training workshop has been attended by up to 34 representatives of the RISE project from Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Slovakia.
SICA Kick off Meeting in Cambodia

SICA Kick off Meeting in Cambodia

Agora Institute participated in the SICA Kick Off Meeting held on 7  & 8 of  June 2018 in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Delegates from 6 Cambodian universities and 3 European universities from Romania, Lithuania and Sweden met to celebrate the Kick Off Meeting of the this new Cambodian national wide initiative. SICA project is part of the  Capacity Building Higher Education initiative, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the Royal University of Phnom Penh .

The new action  proposes a sound scheme of activities and capacity building  actions to contribute to Cambodian Higher Education Vision 2030 through the improvement of internal Quality Assurance in Cambodian universities and the promotion of quality assurance culture in Cambodian Higher education system.

HR4ASIA Steering Committee Meeting in Vilnius-Lithuania

HR4ASIA Steering Committee Meeting in Vilnius-Lithuania

Agora Institute participated at HR4ASIA Steering Committee On 7-9 May 2018 Vilnius,Lithuania. This meeting was implemented as a part of the Erasmus+ Capacity building  project “Strategic Human Resources Management for Southeast Asian Universities (HR4ASIA)” aimed at providing relevant know-how in preparation for modernizing different aspects of human resources management at Southeast Asian Universities.

The Steering committe  meeting was organized in order to discuss further implementation and upcoming activities in the second half of the project . Moreover, the members assessed the quality of the implemented activities and project outputs during the first project midterm. The meeting was attended by representatives form Vietnam , Cambodia, Laos, Thailand , Portugal, Spain, Lithuania and Italy.

 

SPIRE Training  on IP Management in Indonesia

SPIRE Training on IP Management in Indonesia

The first Capacity Building Session of the SPIRE project was held on 26-29 November 2017 in Surabaya, Indonesia, prepared and conducted by Agora Institute. The training was structured upon three practical and interactive Workshops which pursued the following specific objectives:
 
To introduce participants into the IP Management practice at HEIs at the European level, as a way to raise awareness and increase innovation capacities at the ASEAN HEIs;
To start working on the IP Policies (creation/upgrade) of the ASEAN HEIs, including exchange of experiences EU/Asia;
To get familiar with the IP Management practice of international R&I consortia to be ready for collaborative research and innovation opportunities.
 
These training days constituted an excellent opportunity for an in-depth exchange of practices and experience Europe/Asia and also amongst all the participating trainees from Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
International Conference “University – Enterprise Cooperation: Trends and Challenges” in Danang – Vietnam

International Conference “University – Enterprise Cooperation: Trends and Challenges” in Danang – Vietnam

Agora Institute has joined Hub4Growth project regional conference held  in Danang, Vietnam on 6 & 7 October 2017 . The event  aimed to bring together participants from academia, business, and other stakeholders who are interested in the interplay between education and economic development to develop solutions for new challenges in university-business cooperation between Asian universities .The conference allowed meaningful exchange and discussion among universities and businesses regarding useful and practical solutions for the university-enterprise cooperation development  with the aim of enhancing student employability, entrepreneurship  and career outcomes.

SPIRE  Kick Off Meeting in  Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

SPIRE Kick Off Meeting in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Agora Institute participated at the Strategic IP Management for Effective R&I in Asian Higher Education(SPIRE project) kick off meeting held from May 10th to May 13th, 2017 at , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In addition to Agora representative, total of 24 participants from 11 universities attended the meeting where they planned and discussed the SPIRE Project objectives and workplan.
This new ASEAN initiative is part of the Capacity Building Higher Education initiative, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and coordinated by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
SPIRE project overall objective is contributing to the effectiveness of R&I management at the PC HEIs by enhancing IP capacities in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

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