The entire consortium has been selected in such a way to ensure that knowledge and expertise in developing partnerships with enterprises as well as OSS technologies at EU institutions can be facilitated to support similar development at PC institutions. The relevant stakeholders from various areas are included to guarantee successful knowledge transfer and a broad impact and coverage. Furthermore, we invited companies and organizations to implement strong linkages and partnerships with industry. Every partner is represented by a team and is assigned a specific task and deliverable in the project structure, which is organized as work packages, each lead by a consortium member.
BRSU and GJU were partners in an earlier Tempus project and are the drivers for OSSCOM, building on their earlier success in developing quality and relevant ICT education. The selection of partners has been made on the basis of partnership experiences and OSS knowledge as well as personal links.
EU partners are selected with focus on their most profound and broad store of knowledge in industry linkages and OSS technologies. BRSU is home to an OSS technology center and a very vivid Open Source community, strongly enriched by local student initiatives and respective support given by local faculty members. Through Tarent experiences in partnership, OSS, and business startups, BRSU strategy is to disseminate OSS technologies among the faculty and student body of the partner countries. One major objective within this project is developing partnership with enterprises and the integration of OSS knowledge into existing educational structures at PC universities. Therefore developing a model of partnership, technology center concept, business incubators, and OSS resources and material will take a major part of the efforts spent by each partner. Here the complementary expertise of the partners will be of particular interest. BRSU has a broad experience with outreach to industry as well as developing partnership with enterprises.
UCLM on the other hand has most valuable experience in the field of technology education. The cross-cultural approach and international experience of UCLM together with the profound knowledge background in OSS guarantee the quality of the project outcomes. Brunel University as one of the largest Centers for Research in Information Systems and Computing in the UK is a strong and innovative partner in this consortium. Its inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral focus will be of great value in the context of partnerships and OSS resources. Brunel team has a long experience in Open Source technology and research with many commercial contributions to OSS development and implications that the OS movement has had on the proliferation of applications for mobile and portable devices. This will help to reflect a versatile image of OS technologies in the context of staff training as well as commercialization and business startups.
In Jordan, GJU will be the national coordinator of OSSCOM and will work closely with YU. YU strongly links to industry and will represent together with GJU the OSS technology hub serving more than 10,000 students in technology and engineering, in addition to serving the society at large with a wide geographical coverage in Jordan. Both institutions will support linking and implementing partnership with enterprises and promoting the concept of business incubator and liaison, building on developing partnership with TAGITI as a successful model to help support OSS startups. TAGITI will make available all its wide expertise to the benefit of the project, including activities in OSS technology center, setting up OSSCOM portal, supporting dissemination and outreach, as well as developing business startup tool kits.
In Lebanon, LU will be the national coordinator of OSSCOM and will work closely with NDU to bring value to technical education through the use of free and open source software, and implementing partnership with the industry through business incubation and liaison with IML. Both LU and NDU provide a strong geographical coverage in Lebanon serving more than 8,000 students in technology education, helping them to develop not only technical skills in OSS but also business skills towards more startups as an engine for economic development. LU will host the technology center in cooperation with NDU. IML will drive and will make all its resources available for the project success in the dimensions of partnership, OSS community development, and business acceleration at the national level.