Faculty of Economics & Business - Zagreb


Based on the Decision on the award of financial support for project proposals under the Call for Proposals for 2020 for the Erasmus + program (Key Activity 2 for Higher Education), the EU Agency for Mobility and Programs has accepted funding for the Strategic Partnership in Higher Education project "Building the Universities of the Future through Social Innovation Education" (acronym: BUFSIE). The Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb is a partner in the project, and the project leader is Assist. Prof. Zoran Wittine, Ph.D.
A total of 7 partners from Croatia, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Cyprus will participate in the project activities. Five of the partners are higher education institutions: Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb (CR), Friedrick Alexander University (DE), University of Barcelona (ES), University of Macedonia (GR), and University of Cyprus (CY), while the remaining partners are non-profit organizations focused on social, academic and entrepreneurial development.
​The European Union's Higher Education Agenda clearly emphasizes the growing need for more entrepreneurial citizens and more socially engaged people. The Modernization Program for European Higher Education Systems calls for action to encourage entrepreneurial and innovative skills and to foster higher education institutions' links with society. This is also reflected in the key priorities of the European Union's renewed Higher Education Agenda, according to which European higher education institutions should combat future mismatched skills and contribute to innovation, inter alia, by supporting the cultivation of transversal skills (ie entrepreneurial and social skills).
To this end, the BUFSIE project aims to build the universities of the future by helping teachers to firmly integrate Social Innovation Education (SIE) into their culture and teaching practice and, also, to empower students with a mix of entrepreneurial and active civic competencies relevant to progress in 21st century.
The aim is by the BUFSIE Project to increase the new educational pedagogy of socially innovative education by moving to a different level of education (ie higher education) than originally conceived (ie primary and secondary education) and to help European higher education institutions to increase entrepreneurial and civic competencies their students.