Poznan University of Economics and Business (Poland) – Lead Partner

The didactic offer of the Poznań University of Economics includes global models of managerial education and the latest solutions in the field of development of economic thought and business. As one of the oldest universities with this profile in Poland, it specializes in educating business leaders, highly qualified managerial staff, economic experts and employees of government and self-government administration services. A wide range of studies includes 18 fields of study and over 50 specialties. The teaching programs implemented by the University are characterized by in-depth practical orientation, since for over 10 years the University has been cooperating with the most prestigious companies from all over Poland as part of the UEP Partner Club. Experts and business practitioners signal the needs of the labour market in connection with economic changes. In addition, they run classes for students during which they share their knowledge and experience. A distinguishing feature of the curricula offered by the Poznań University of Economics is also the linking of management and economics with the most modern solutions in the field of information technologies as well as law and social sciences. The broader teaching context gives PUE students reliable academic education, the ability to navigate in modern business and the competencies required of a professional manager.

The university is an important centre of applied research, expertise, analysis and consultation for the business area, government and local government units. Scientific research as well as expert and advisory projects conducted by PUE cover all fields of economics and economic practice. The university is equipped with the latest research infrastructure. The UEP Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory – InnoUEP consists of several specialized, thematic research laboratories with a common database for calculating and storing data. Laboratories, equipped with the latest equipment and software in the world, constitute an environment in which interdisciplinary scientific research is conducted.

The university’s high ranking and academic position is largely due to the well-qualified teaching staff. The university employs over 500 academic teachers, including about 140 professors. These are high-class didactics and outstanding figures in science and business practice.

Danube University Krems (Austria)

Danube University Krems is one of the pioneering institutions in Europe in the field of university based advanced education, and a specialized institution in the sector of lifelong learning. In teaching and research, the University focuses on social as well as organizational and technical challenges of current times, and is developing innovating courses on an ongoing basis. The University for Continuing Education is specifically focused on interdisciplinary cross-linking and future-oriented special sectors: it offers courses that combine medicine and management, education and new media, or law and social sciences. Highest quality standards, a scientific, practical approach, and the use of innovating teaching and learning methods are part of all courses. Danube University Krems bears the AQ Austria seal of quality in compliance with the Austrian Federal Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education. Danube University Krems is primarily devoted to translational research in special areas such as Health and Medicine, Educational Research and Lifelong Learning, European Integration, Migration and Economics as well as Art, Culture and Architecture. Scientific conclusions constitute the basis of practice-oriented teaching at the University for Continuing Education. Furthermore, the research being conducted here permits intensive cooperation with companies and other public institutions. The three faculties of the University conduct research that extends beyond the confines of their respective specialties.

As the leading public university in Europe in continuing education the University for Continuing Education – Danube University Krems (DUK) is specifically focused on inter- and transdisciplinary educational approaches for dealing with complex societal challenges and in different sectors.

Especially the Department for Knowledge and Communication Management (WUK), is a university based, Competence Centre for research, practice and further education. In research and teaching WUK has a strong foundation in systems science, communication/visualization, general management, innovation, entrepreneurship, and competence development as well as didactics for sustainable transition. The Department currently offers 20 Master programs (MBA and MSc) with a strong emphasis on inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives as the interaction/mutual learning of practice and science. Our transdisciplinary orientation within our training programs (i.e. applied on real-world cases) is particularly supported by three Transdisciplinarity Labs

1. GovLab Austria in cooperation with the Austrian government;

2. Sustainable Digital Environments;

3. Sustainable Mineral Resources.

A strong focus concerns capacity building skills particularly in the field of system thinking, systems modelling, and strategic games. Danube University Krems, and particularly the Department Knowledge and Communication Management have an extensive experience in the field of transdisciplinarity based on 41 projects at the national and international level. The activities in a field of transdisciplinarity give the necessary experience for the development of sufficient collaboration mechanisms between business and academia. Furthermore, this background provides for the capabilities to design and implement the mechanisms of mutual-learning process. Consequently, this allows for interrelating the achievements in the fields of science, academic education, and practice.

University of Macerata (Italy)

The University of Macerata was founded in 1290 and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. This glorious past is projected into the future and UniMc is strongly committed to innovation both in teaching and research: the focus on the humanities and social sciences is UniMC’s main strength, and “innovating through the humanities” is its motto. UniMC offers a wide range of degree programs in the Social Sciences

and Humanities, spanning from Languages to History and Philosophy, from Education to Tourism and Cultural Heritage, from Economics to Business, from Law to Political Science and Communication.

The University mission consists in:

  • increasing the value of a more than seven-century-long history dedicated to the merit and the quality of all the students, researchers, professors and technical-administrative staff;
  • planning its choices with commitment and intelligence;
  • improving and promoting the results of research into the excellence areas;
  • expanding its international network to support the local development.

In addition to teaching, the university involves: a start-up incubator, five spin-offs, the Humanistic Laboratory for Creativity and Innovation LUCI, the Laboratory of Digital Humanism LUD, European and national research projects, archaeological missions around the world, numerous research centres, collaborations with companies, job placement activities, advanced training courses.

EFMD (Belgium)

EFMD is the largest European based international association in the fields of quality assurance and management development with 937 members from academia and business based in 91 countries all over the world. EFMD is recognised globally as an accreditation body certifying quality management education through its accreditation labels for institutions (EQUIS), programmes (EPAS), online courses (EOCCS) corporate learning programmes (CLIP), programmes for developing QA mechanisms (EDAF) and impact assessment (BSIS). EFMD publishes the “Entrepreneur’s Guide to Building a Successful Business” containing advice from hundreds of business owners in 14 countries. EFMD corporate and academic members participate in 7 interest groups on workplace skills and learning, with the results being published frequently and promoted globally. Through its membership, EFMD has access to a large pool of experts on digital sills and entrepreneurship. Many of them are often speakers in the more than 15 annual international conferences that EFMD organizes in EU and all over the world, reaching more than 30.000 academic and non-academic management professionals.


CONFORM – Consulenza, Formazione e Management S.c.a.r.l. is based in Avellino, in the Naples region in Italy and was established in 1995. As a managerial training organisation, it has vast experience in creating innovative learning solutions that exploit new digital technologies and can enhance the digital readiness of teaching staff. It has 18 full time staff and collaborates with consultants throughout the country.

CONFORM is registered in the list of film companies of MIBACT – Film Board, for non-cinematographic film and audio-visual production. It has produced short films, video stories and educational films, based on the “Movie Education” methodological model, allowing participants involved in the design phase, screenplay and interpretation of roles, to re-elaborate knowledge acquired in “formal”, “non-formal” and informal” learning.

Among others, main fields of expertise are the development of social and e-learning platforms, to promote 2.0 / 3.0 information, debate, dialogue and interaction with other social media, informal learning with access through credentials to structured multimedia packages developed with visual thinking techniques and the use of 2D/3D animations, interactive business games, video tutorials, etc.

In addition to delivering managerial training, CONFORM also develops learning environments using the Movie Education and Game-Based Learning methodologies. CONFORM continually invests in training for its staff to be able to stay abreast of technological and methodological innovation. CONFORM also develops its own cutting-edge learning materials and environments for people of all ages and from all fields of life.

Since 1995, CONFORM promotes, designs, manages and reports complex projects at national and international level. It has participated in numerous national and international projects implemented under the Erasmus+ Program, the Employment and Equal Community Initiatives, the Italian Ministry of Education, Italian Universities and other. Conform counts over 200 national, European and international partners. CONFORM is partners with PUEB in many Erasmus+ projects for several years (INKAMs, SMILE, Digital Humanist, DaTaGEM) and has started a collaboration with EFMD in the DaTaGEM project which is running until 2021.

ATOMSCRIPT Sp. z o.o. (Poland)

Atomscript is the software house founded in 2015 by three people, two of whom were research and teaching staff at Poznan University of Economics. The company specializes in web applications and data management. Our services relate in particular to the following areas:

  • Internal systems to increase productivity and transparency in data management. A step forward in relation to the automated processes.
  • Increase of the information services availability and facilitation of their provision. Opportunity for new, innovative business models.
  • Dedicated tools for business processes. Solutions made to streamline workflows and reduce the number of human errors.
  • Consultancy at every stage of the software development process – from selection of the best technology to the evaluation of existing solutions.
  • An important pillar of Atomscript activity is the support of Polish universities in the field of collecting, analysing and presenting data.

When it comes to game development, the company’s founders were the core of the team responsible for developing and implementing the gaming platform as part of the Strategic Management Games project – innovative teaching method for business education (2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19884). They designed and developed the architecture of the entire system, as well as the algorithms that are the foundation of the game mechanics. They oversaw the design of graphical user interfaces. They actively supported the development team in terms of software consistency with the functional requirements and game mechanics algorithms.

The company’s staff consists of 7 people who work permanently on the implemented projects in areas of: software development, testing, quality assurance and management.