KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION CENTRE

https://www.knowledgeinnovation.eu/

WHO WE ARE

The Knowledge Innovation Centre (KIC) is a niche research and consultancy organisation with a mission to transform the ways we learn and work to give the opportunity to every person to reach their full potential. We take a systemic approach to change, focusing on improving education & skills policies and practices globally, via cooperation with governments, international organisations, universities and civil society. We help our clients and partners meet the challenges and discover the opportunities of digitisation, and mainstream innovation with the help of quality management. Our international team of experts, analysts and designers integrate diversity, inclusion and environmental sustainability into everything we do.

WHY WE ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE PROJECT

KIC has a strong interest, and significant experience, in both inclusion and digitisation in Higher Education. This project gives us unique opportunity to combine our two fields of interest.

We believe this project can build upon our findings  from projects such as:

– EQUNet: which used statistical analysis to quantify educational opportunities among first and second generation migrants, as well as among other disadvantaged groups;
– IDEAS and Multinclude: which both take an approach of identifying actors making real impact on access and inclusion at grassroots level, and giving them exposure to help multiply their approaches in different contexts;
– Moonlite: which examines the application of MOOCs in aiding inclusion of refugees in employment markets;
– IBelong: which used novel approach to creating interventions at HEIs that would assist disadvantaged, non-traditional students feel at home at University, developing their sense of belonging and this increasing retention rates and academic success of non-traditional
students.

OUR ROLE IN THE PROJECT

KIC will collaborate with the partners in the development of all intellectual outputs and will in particular take the lead in developing the structure of the WP5: Community of Practice. Across the project KIC will also be responsible for the internal and external communication, including the networking strategy and dissemination planning.

OUR TEAM

Martina Darmanin

Research and Development Associate

Martina’s expertise in educational policy is focused on inclusion, quality assurance, public engagement and recognition. Her career kicked off through her many active roles in student unions on the local, national and regional levels. As President of the European Students’ Union, she led the students’ agenda on higher education in the intergovernmental working groups of the Bologna Process as well as other international non-governmental organisations, such as the Scholars’ at Risk Network, the Global Campaign for Education and the Lifelong Learning Platform.