International Projects


Integrating Talent Development into Innovation Ecosystems in Higher Education


The Project INNOTAL: Integrating Talent Development into Innovation Ecosystems in Higher Education is a joint initiative of 14 Universities from Europe, India, the Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It is co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme - Capacity Building in Higher Education.

The project aims at building the capacity of universities in India, the Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka to nurture a culture of high-quality research and innovation shared by both faculty and students. Project activities will promote the uptake of entrepreneurship education and innovation training, and will support universities in intensifying knowledge flows between the academia and external stakeholders - industry, the public sector and the community. The project teams will establish and kick-start the operations of a Talent Co-Creation Lab at each participating University, which should serve as a co-creation space bringing together faculty, students and external stakeholders to jointly pursue innovation, research and talent promotion activities.

The successful implementation of this project will help make university education more relevant to the challenges faced by societies and national economies, and will promote the employability and talent of university graduates, making them better skilled to contribute to sustainable national development.

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  • Project Period: October 15, 2017 – October 14, 2021
  • Project Coordinator: Prof. D.A.N. Dharmasena
  • Project Team Members: Prof. Dhrashana Yapa, Dr. S. Maheswaran, Ms. Kamani Silva
  • Project Consortium:
    Region Country Partner Institute/s
    European Partners Bulgaria University of National and World Economy
    European Center for Quality Ood
    Greece Panepistimio Thessalias
    Finland Vaasa University of Applied Sciences
    United Kingdom University of Ulster
    Asian Partners Sri Lanka University of Peradeniya
    University of Ruhuna
    Philippines Benguet State University
    Ifugao State University
    India University of Hyderabad
    Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University
    University of Madras
    RK University
    Nepal Pokhara University
    Agriculture and Forestry University