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

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 […]

Third Transnational Project Meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus

On 2-3 March 2023 the third Transnational Project Meeting planned within the framework of HECSOs took place in Nicosia, Cyprus.  The meeting was organised by Synthesis, a Cyprus’ leader research centre on social entrepreneurship and social innovation and partner of the HECSOs consortium. The meeting took place in the “Hub Nicosia,” a pioneering social innovation […]

Second Transnational Project Meeting in Vienna, Austria

On 11th and 12th of October 2022 the second Transnational Project Meeting planned within the framework of HECSOs took place in Vienna, Austria.