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International School for Social and Business Studies
Description/achievement of initiative

In years 2012 and 2013 the International School for Social and Business Studies (ISSBS) will undertake to implement the summer school project Innovation in Business Environmental Challenges. The programme will enhance participant's creativity and innovation and by raising their awareness of environmental issues and demonstrating actual environmental solutions guiding their thought and action in the field of business challenges in environmental science. Participants will be acquainted with several practical examples and with project work encouraged to innovative business engagement in the global environment.The objectives of the programme are as follows:a) Implement the course Innovation in business in English and to develop and test the appropriate study materials and gain teaching experience, which will serve as the basis for its inclusion in the regular course implementation of the first cycle study programmes.b) Strengthen international cooperation activities of the institution including at least three foreign universities in the programme and estimated participation (mobility) of 30 foreign students.c) Enhance institution’s cooperation with local businesses in the form of study visits and case studies, based on the participation of practitioners in the programme, who will mentor groups of students in the practical part of the project. Participants will, therefore, gain valuable practical knowledge and skills in technological and technical content areas.

Implementation methodologies

Strong connection between the IP and business environment will be established through inclusion of domestic companies, especially the ones active in management of drinking and waste water, renewable energy and therefore addressing many relevant current environmental issues. Their contribution will be to make the learning more practice oriented. Guest speakers from companies will introduce real world problems. Study visits to the companies will be organized in order to base some study units of the program on actual business situations etc. ISSBS has established an ongoing open communication with several members of business sector. Links with companies will be actively put to practise in the form of representatives from companies working with groups of students at their group project work. Moreover, the programme will contribute in strengthening links between higher education institutions and business sector making their transition form study to labor market easier. Main part of the summer school will be live case studies aimed at identifying business opportunities in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development and the preparation of student's group projects.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


International School for Social and Business Studies
Progress reports
Goal 4
Summer school project Innovation in Business Environmental Challenges
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of student and staff dedicated to sustainable practices

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2013
International School for Social and Business Studies
Contact information
Srečko Natek, Dean, srecko.natek@mfdps.si
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