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Carinthia University of Applied Sciences CUAS

Taking full advantage of the pivotal location of CUAS at the heart of the Alps-Adriatic region, the School of Management plays a very active role in research, training and project work (funded at regional, national and EU level) in the field of cross-border cooperation. Please find below a selection of our more recent activities:

Selected Research / Applied research

Design and testing of a multi-modular training programme for Carinthian SMEs involved in (future) cross-border cooperation activities.

2011 – 2012

The aim of this project is to design and test a multi-modular training programme for Carinthian SMEs in order to better prepare them for existing or planned cross-border activities in Slovenia/Croatia. The training programme will be designed to meet the specific needs of the SMEs and should in particular facilitate the transfer of knowledge and development of intercultural competences necessary for the SMEs to successfully engage in activities in the new market environment. Within the framework of the training modules, SMEs will also be provided with relevant information on support and funding available to them.

Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network

01.10.2010 – 01.10.2012

The aims of the TEIN network are to promote knowledge-transfer between experts in further education and science in the field of cross-border cooperation, to improve practices, to enable contact between scientists in the field of cross-border cooperation and to increase the efficiency of the instrument “cross-border cooperation” in terms of territorial cohesion and an improvement of life quality in the border regions in Europe.

BENCH-PA (Interreg-funded project) – Development of a cross-border benchmarking and benchlearning process between local public administrations in Carinthia and Italy.

01.08.2010 – 31.03.2013

Considering the diverse legal, administrative, and social frameworks in Italy and Austria, this project aims to develop, test, and implement shared instruments for the evaluation of selected municipal services in terms of both quality and efficiency. From a cross-border perspective, these should help to identify good-practices and to initiate a benchlearning process between the participating municipalities in the regions Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, and Carinthia

INTER-PUMA – Internationalisation of Public Administration

01.08.2010 – 01.08.2011

Businesses working across borders have to be able to adapt flexibly to the specific legal and administrative framework of the target region. This necessary adaptation process can be facilitated by administrative bodies of the target region, if the specific problems and needs international businesses face are taken into account. However, this implies that in addition to increasing internationalization in the business sector, also public administrations have to become more and more involved in the internationalization process. This project aims to promote internationalization, which is essential for the region, by improving the cross-border cooperation of public administrations and at the same time taking into account the interests of businesses.

CESLA (Interreg-funded project) – Cross-border implementation of environmentally friendly ultra-light vehicles in Slovenia and Austria

01.06.2009 – 30.04.2012

The aim of the project is to encourage and develop the market for and the use of ultra-light electronic vehicles in the Slovenia-Austria border area. The project activities include presenting the successful use of ultra-light electric vehicles, support actions for local producers of these vehicles as well as the exploration and optimization of conditions for the use of such vehicles in cross-border joint ventures.

EL4PA – European learning for public administrations

01.01.2009 – 30.06.2010

The general objective of the partnership is to encourage European and in particular cross-border cooperation among Public Actors and organisations by developing common methodologies and tools for use in the training of civil servants; encouraging mutual understanding and reducing administrative barriers. This includes: (1) Comparing different training models; (2) analysing the existing methodologies and tools used for needs analysis and the running of trainings; (3) examine ingthe applicability of the methods in other regions and contexts; and (4) developing further fields of cooperation

GREDIE (Interreg-funded Project) –Economic effects of existing constraints of cross-border service transfer between Austria and Slovenia

01.07.2007 – 31.10.2007

The aim of this project is to examine the economic effects of constraints in the field of cross-border service delivery, which were formulated in the context of the accession of Slovenia to the European Union.

Interregional Innovation Academy Carinthia (INNAC) (Interreg-funded Project)

01-10-2005 – 01.08.2008

The aim of the interreg project innac is to support enterprises in Carinthia and Slovenia in becoming more innovative and to assist them with the planning, implementation and evaluation of the innovation process in the organisation. For that purpose an extensive innovation guideline was developed, which was the basis for all further activities within the project. The School of Management developed and subsequently held a series of workshops, in which the participants learned different methods to promote creativity and innovation techniques. Networking and knowledge-transfer between the participating enterprises was an important part of this project.

Selected Consultancy work/ Studies

CBCStudy –Cross-border cooperation in the Alps-Adriatic-Region. A cross-national empirical survey and analyses of the current situation and future potentials

01.07.2010 – 01.03.2011

Together with the Universities of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Udine (Italy), the Institute ForSer (Italy) and the Euro Institute (Germany), the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences conducted a study on “Cross-border Cooperation in the Alps-Adriatic-Region”. The aim of this study was to investigate the status quo and further potential of cross-border cooperation in the Alps-Adriatic-Region from the viewpoint of all current and potential key actors. Further aims included: highlighting the advantages of doing cross-border-cooperation; revealing possible barriers; and obtaining practical, specific recommendations for the optimal support and funding of cross-border activities.

Selected Conferences

European Cross-border Symposium Cross-Border Cooperation in the Alps-Adriatic-Region. Status, Potential and Perspectives. Learning from European Experiences. March 2nd, 2011, Congress Center Villach.

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