EMPHASIS establishes synergies with four EU-funded projects to improve support for innovation and entrepreneurship in Jordan
On September 19, 2022, in the Korean Center at Al Balqa' Government, the project managers for U-SOLVE, MYSEA, and EMPHASIS, along with the project manager for the MED-QUAD project, organized a shared event for four European Union-funded projects implemented in Jordan through the ENI CBC MED Program.
The Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), project partner of the EMPHASIS project, reported that more than twenty-eight participants from various Jordanian organizations, including universities, government institutions, and commercial university enterprises attended the event, during which, the ENI CBC Med program's strategic framework was emphasized, focusing on the priority for addressing the Mediterranean region's socioeconomic and environmental concerns, including young unemployment and social injustice.
During the event, the EMPHASIS project session focused on deploying an open innovation system that assists SMEs in exploiting sustainable business prospects through cross-border partnerships across the Mediterranean, as well as discussing the open call results and winning applications. Whereas the MYSEA session focused on the ability to increase the employability of young people, women, and NEETs in the agri-food and waste management industries by developing training oriented to both sectors and strengthening local governance and sector-skills alliances between economic actors and TVET institutions by giving the floor to the subcontractor company responsible for the project training to discuss their detailed plan to accomplish these targets.
Throughout the session, partners recognized common areas and aims among the projects and expressed a desire to collaborate. The partners anticipate significant project synergy to establish a paradigm of urban development based on collaboration and interaction with the four core innovation actors.