Webinar and Discussion Forum - FREE

How to Run University Challenge Projects

10th of March, 2021

With the pace of economic, social and ecological change ever-increasing, there are corresponding competitive and economic pressures which are affecting our societies.

However, solving such important and complex challenges necessitates a cooperation between established and trusted entities such as universities and government are increasingly important. However, the question of how they can cooperate and the potential benefits from collaboration are unclear as are their collective role in a sustainable future.

Cooperate with other stakeholders

Benefit your students

Identify urban challenges

Develop your city

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Our Speakers

Balzhan Orazbayeva

Balzhan Orazbayeva is the strategic initiatives manager at UIIN. Balzhan has undertaken research around university-business collaboration and social innovation and has run a number of training programs and workshops around entrepreneurial universities, future of universities and university-business collaboration.

Rui Coutinho

Rui is the Executive Director for Innovation, Development and growth at the Porto Business School, Portugal. He has an outstanding career in the field of innovation, communication and university-businesses interaction. Rui, beyond professor, defines himself as a strategist, a researcher, a mentor and entrepreneur.

Todd Davey

Todd Davey has an established global track record of leading innovation and entrepreneurship in the higher education field. He works as an Associate professor at Institut Mines-Télécom Business School, where he teaches entrepreneurship. Todd defines himself as an academic entrepreneur, a policy transformer, and a creative change-maker.

Konstantinos Kourkoutas

Konstantinos is the coordinator of CORE Smart & Sustainable Cities at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), a collaborative network of diverse research groups, centres and institutes performing city-related research within the UAB Campus. He defines himself as a city enthusiast, a design thinker and a social catalyst.

Sara Arko

Sara works as a researcher at the Institute for Innovation and Development of the University of Ljubljana, connecting knowledge, research, and education, promoting creativity and innovation and transferring research results into practice. She is specialised in anthropology & ethnography applied to the industry and defines herself as a passionate researcher.


The objective of the program is to host a discussion forum presenting a proven methodology from project partners, educators, and government representatives in creating ‘Challenge projects’, which address societal problem and issues. Additionally, the workshop would provide a facilitated process for participants to create own projects.

Who should participate?

Whether you are an academic, work in the management area of your university or you are in charge of curriculum design at your institution, this webinar will provide you with the most relevant insights about Challenge Projects at University. You will be informed of the benefits and challenges that lie in the implementation of this type of programs, so that you can start taking the next steps towards the implementation at your institution.


11:00WelcomeRui Coutinho, PBS, Portugal
11:10Introducing the URBAN CHALLENGE FRAMEWORK for organizing challenge projectsTodd Davey, IMTBS, France; Konstantinos Kourkoutas, UAB, Spain
11:40The UCityLab Teaching Toolkit to support Challenge projectsSara Arko, IRI-UL, Slovenia
11:55Good practise case studyAlexandra Zinovyeva, UIIN, The Netherlands; Balzhan Orazbayeva, UIIN, The Netherlands
12:10DiscussionAll Speakers
12:30End of the webinar

*All the times shown in theis page are corresponding to Central European Time (CET).

About UCityLab

The online webinar is supported by UCityAction Lab a co-funded project of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project aims to strengthen the links between the HEIs and the city stakeholders by having students solve city issues through a series of challenge projects in Paris, Barcelona, Porto and Ljubljana.