INCODE is part of a European strategy to face new challenges for Europe in the future. Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth as Priorities of Europe`s 2020 Strategy lead to the creation of a Concept of an “Innovation Union” to improve the framework conditions for research and innovation to ensure the success of the transfer from innovative ideas into innovative products and services depending on the successful integration of pedagogical knowledge into working-life innovation activities.
There is an urgent need for future professionals who can contribute to the creation of the “Innovation Union”. These professionals are presently found in the different universities and other higher education institutes all around Europe. It is an urgent task to raise a new generation of professionals, whose conceptions of producing, adopting and utilising knowledge make innovative thinking and creating innovations possible. INCODE strives to connecting professional working life with professional education by enhancing innovation potentials in higher education institutions.
Embedding pedagogical knowledge in innovation activities to offer a long-desired theoretical basis for developing knowledge-based competitiveness in the co-operation between working life and education. This means that up to now there is only very limited amount of research-based information on the target competencies when wanting to educate somebody to be innovative. Therefore INCODE tries to get valid information about different Research and Design related competencies and how these innovation competencies can be reached.
For these reasons INCODE develops and implements a special higher education tool, an ICB (Innovation Competencies Barometer) and a special kind of learning method, the REHA (Research Hatchery).
In summary the key tasks in the INCODE project are to define innovation competencies and to create a measuring tool, the ICB, to assess competence acquisition. INCODE will also examine methods to promote the development of these competencies. The REHA method, investigated in the INCODE project, will be a value-added method to further the European Union aims.