Fostering skills and talent development
SETI, an education project supported by EIT RawMaterials, demonstrated remarkable success in achieving the goal of innovation in education and enabling skills and talent development, connecting partners from business, research and education (knowledge triangle) and transferring skills to local SMEs.
In 2017, SETI gathered Master students with different technical and cultural background to work in teams on real industrial challenges proposed by local SMEs to create innovative business ideas in an increasingly relevant thematic area, such as the substitution of critical raw materials for the energy transition, resource efficiency and sustainable development. Students learned about the business using a learn-by-doing hands-on approach. They worked in strict deadline framework, including recruitment of peers to form teams, obtaining information within a limited time, searching for market and business data, creating a business proposal with clear objectives and sound cash flow, identifying relevant information to pitch their idea to a company or a potential investor. This is a mind changer for most students that are too much used to given assignments, static classes, slack deadlines and dealing with academics. They dip their toes into a company, with a business view, different language and different rules.
Connecting business, research and education to foster innovative solutions addressing societal challenges
SETI summer school brought together partners from industry, research and higher education to show a different approach to innovation to students. For a business proposal to be successful, the actors need to get technical skills, a business mindset and the possibility, through research, to upscale their technical idea. The education and mentoring in the school are given together by people working actively in the three sectors. As this integration is done using a minimal frontal lecturing followed by a learn-by-doing approach, students can assimilate the ideas and immediately integrate the elements from different sides of the knowledge triangle in their toolbox. This knowledge triangle integration was essential for SETI summer school to foster skills and talent development.