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GraDAna: Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Iranian HE Graduates through Data Analytics

GraDAna is a cross-national project bringing together European HEIs and SMEs with seven Iranian HEIs. It aims at curriculum development and staff training in Iran and Europe) on the topic of data analytics. The project lasts until February 2019.

GraDAna consists of 5 EU partners, 3 top Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)+2 small and medium size entreprises (SMEs), and 7 top Iranian HEIs. The involved Iranian HEIs lead research & education nationwide and are geographically balanced. 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.

Coordinator: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Duration: October 2016-September 2018.

Funding: Erasmus + programme, action Capacity Building in Higher Education.