ZAGREB, 6 November 2015 – Today the final project conference of TECRINO – Teaching creativity in engineering took place in Rector’s Office building of the University of Zagreb, the project that was implemented within the scope of the EU program Leonardo da Vinci, dedicated to lifelong education. The conference was organized by the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO) and the Faculty of Textile Technology of the University of Zagreb.

The essence of TECRINO project is contained in the idea that creativity is a skill that can be taught and that as such it needs to be implemented in the education system of the young and adults. Creative capacity increases by learning creativity, but also the innovative potential. Innovativeness is a very important lever in developed world economies because it represents the main prerequisite for the creation of competitive products and services.

The conference was opened by the introductory speech of Prof. Damir Boras, PhD, Rector of the University of Zagreb: “I greet all partners of the project TECRINO and I want to welcome them. The message of this project is very familiar to us because more than 50 % activities of the University of Zagreb refer to scientific production. Personally, I am also interested in the area of e-education and this year I published a book called Critical Learning in Digital Networks dealing with that topic. The University recognizes the need for innovativeness implementation in the overall education system and therefore we welcome this initiative and were pleased to make our contribution in TECRINO project.”

On behalf of HAMAG-BICRO, Hrvoje Meštrić, PhD, Head of the Innovation System Support Unit, addressed the participants: “In the last eight years, HAMAG-BICRO invested more than EUR 30 million in projects of innovations and technologies commercialization. Many of our users today sell their products on global market thanks to our support for innovation. Educated people are most important for an innovative society – entrepreneurs, engineers, students… This project helps their education.”

The project TECRINO was presented by Dr. Antri Theodorou, Project Coordinator from RTD Talos from Cyprus: “It was great to work on a project focused on creativity and I think that we have done a great work in order to add another brick on the lifelong learning perspective.”

Prof. Goran Hudec, PhD from the Faculty of Textile Technology (FTT) of the University of Zagreb, the author a distinctive design and numerous innovative concepts in the field of textiles and materials, pointed out in his presentation how important it is to change the perspective because in this way we can see something completely new. Prof. Hudec held two pilot workshop with the students of FTT in the scope of which the materials created during TECRINO project implementation were used. The students showed exceptional interest for such type of learning. His first e-learning project dates back to 1999, and he is also the author of the first e-textbook at the University of Zagreb.

The Project Manager of TECRINO from HAMAG-BICRO, Ebonita Čurković, MA expressed her satisfaction with the held conference that gathered the leading experts from the field of e-learning and thereby said: “HAMAG-BICRO is in charge of creating a strategic and operational plan for the project’s sustainability as well as for further implementation and distribution of the project material. In the last part of the project we will try to get in touch with everyone in Croatia dealing with creativity and innovativeness and who attempts to promote them is any way. We will send them the project materials for their further use.”

The result of TECRINO project implementation are work packages, i.e. educational material – six chapters with theoretical and practical part, by means of which everyone can be taught to be creative. Chapters are the following:

  1. What is creativity
  2. How to recognize creative people
  3. Some methods of teaching and development of creativity (6 hats, SCORM...)
  4. TRIZ – Theory of inventive problem solving
  5. Material dimension of creativity
  6. Basics of intellectual property protection

The author of the first five chapters is Prof. Dr. Ioan Susnea from the University of Dunarea de Jos Din Galati, project partner from Romania. The sixth chapter dedicated to the topic of intellectual property protection was prepared by Dr. Željko Bihar, one of the leading experts for intellectual property in Croatia. As a part of the sixth chapter, basic knowledge from the field of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, design protection, copyright) was presented with examples of practical application.

Presented educational materials are intended for teachers and students of engineering and all other professional profiles and to all who want to learn about creativity and implement it its operation, to approach problems from another perspective and to solve business challenges in an innovative way. The purpose of these materials is the training and promotion of the concept of “learning creativity” by means of e-learning.

The project TECRINO lasted for two years in total and gathered several project partners, including the company Syntea S.A. from Poland, one of the leading SMEs in Poland, which is specialized in adult education. They are responsible for the quality of teaching materials, i.e. to check if materials are compliant with the EU regulated standards for adult education.

Other project partners are EPRALIMA from Portugal, Inercia Digital S.L. from Spain, Fondo Formación Euskadi from Spain and the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO).

Contact person:
Helena Madunić

Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments
Ksaver 208
10 000 Zagreb

Phone: 01 488 10 06
GSM: 091 233 69 86