Higher Education institutions and Civil Society Organisations together for community

What is HECSOs

HECSOs aims at improving Universities’ capacities to cooperate with Civil Society Organizations systematically and continuously on community engagement as an innovative and impactful way for socio-economic inclusion of people in need.

The project will be implemented by 8 partners (4 Universities and 4 CSOs) from 6 EU countries (Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Italia, Romania, Spain), with the support of a European CSOs network, 2 Universities and 2 CSOs as associated partners. The project partners will cooperate for 3 years towards the following Specific Objectives.

The project consortium has established a trans-disciplinary and collaborative research group and develop international and research-based learning approaches to identify and disseminate innovative and evidence-based models of intervention and related implementation tools. The project consortium will also identify relevant professional roles that make community engagement approaches more effective and impactful, it will co-design corresponding skills and competency frameworks and develop related training (up-skilling)  curricula and courses for students and CSOs professionals. Finally, the project partners will develop, through jointly-organised local policy multi-stakeholders workshops, guidelines and policy recommendations to enable environments that favour community engagement approaches HECSOs is funded by the European Union in the framework of Erasmus + Key Action 2 – Cooperation among organisations and institutions.

Expected Project Results

Latest News

On February 1st and 2nd partners met in Madrid at Universidad Carlos III, spanish partner of the Hecsos project. 

The meeting has been dedicated to finalization of the Summer School Program, logistics and organization as well as discussing the next important step of the project related to the Policy Workshops and the Policy Recommendation Papers that will foster both at the local level and at the EU level community engagement processes and involvement of […]

On the 14th/15th of September 2023 the fourth Transnational Project Meeting (TPM) of HECSOs took place in Bucharest, Romania

On the 14th/15th of September 2023 the fourth Transnational Project Meeting (TPM) of HECSOs took place in Bucharest, Romania, hosted by # #UNSTPB (Universitatea Națională de Știință și Tehnologie Politehnica București), former #UPB (Universitatea Politehnica din București). During the meeting the project consortium was able to discuss the toolkits as the main PR1 result. Moreover, […]

The HECSOs multi case study data analysis is out!

The HECSOs multi case study analyses – Building knowledge on community engagement practices is out now!  The report is the result of all the work done so far in the HECSOs project. It is mainly divided in three parts:  The literature review with the definition of the construct of community engagement  The questions, methodology and […]