KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION CENTRE
Who are we?
The Knowledge Innovation Centre (KIC) is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from a variety of fields, and has worked extensively within Quality Assurance of Higher Education, Technology Enhanced Learning, Student Services and the knowledge economy (as it relates to the Lisbon Agenda and Barcelona Process). The Centre has forged close relationships with a number of stakeholders in the regional innovation and Higher Education fields, and is active in leveraging such relationships to build multi-disciplinary, multi-country networks for knowledge transfer and capitalization.
KIC also offers a full range of project management services, from bid-conceptualization and writing, to lifecycle management and final reporting. KIC has access to consultants specialized in ICT-process integration, education & healthcare policies, innovation management, and youth policy. Last but not least KIC’s outreach services encompass both technological and person-to-person services. For the former, KIC molds your online presence using a combination of web-sites, social-networking expertise and online document publication; for the latter KIC has the expertise in organizing focus groups, outreach campaigns, consultations and surveys, as demanded by the terms of the brief.
Why we are Participating in the Project
KIC has extensive experience in Quality in VET, especially related with management systems development, where KIC has been putting much effort in the past years, through several applied research projects and through the personal collaboration with ISO from several members of its team. Our aim with VET21001 is to take advantage of those past experiences and apply them to improve the European Quality Assurance Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) adoption across Europe.
Our Role in the Project
At the VET21001 project KIC will collaborate with the partners in the development of all intellectual outputs and lead the development of the rules for an EQAVET accredited certification scheme (intellectual output 3) and deliver the Joint Staff Training Event ““The EQAVET criteria, the ISO 21001 requirements and the correlation between them”. Across the project KIC will also be responsible for the internal and external communication, including the networking strategy and dissemination planning as well as the publication of all project outputs.
Anthony F. Camilleri
Anthony’s expertise are Quality Assurance processes and knowledge transfer of research. Within Quality Assurance he has given training on techniques for peer-review to quality assurance agencies around Europe, and contributed to the UNIQUe and ECBCheck guidelines on quality assurance of e-learning. With respect to knowledge transfer, he has worked with several associations to better describe their research outcomes through their communication channels, included through improved and more targeted web presence, better social media handling and production of final publications, including most recently OERTest and EQUNET. He has also developed a methodology for improving impact measurement of dissemination and exploitation activities within EU projects. Mr. Camilleri was previously engaged as Quality Services Manager for EFQUEL, where he was responsible for coordination of projects linked to OER including OERTest and VMPass.
Sandra graduated in Social Sciences, post-graduated in Evaluation in Education and has over 20 years of experience with quality management applied to complex sectors where the human factor is critical, such as Education, Health and Social Care Services, Government and Aerospace, where she is an experienced international consultant and trainer as well as a qualified Auditor and Evaluator for several Accreditation and Certification schemes in these sectors. Aside from her work at KIC, she is also a Lecturer at Porto Polytechnic, where she teaches Standardization and Management Systems Audits at Master level. Having worked with policy making and national, European and international standardization since 2008, she represented Portugal and Angola at ISO/TC176 during the last revision of ISO 9001 and lead the development of ISO 21001, the first ISO Management System Standard for Educational Organizations, published on May 1, 2018. She currently leads ISO CASCO/TC 232 WG 58 and ISO TC 232/WG 8, acting as Co-Convenor for the development of requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of educational organizations management systems and guidelines to audit educational organizations, respectively. She has been nominated for, and subsequently won, the CEN-CENELEC Standards+Innovation TBO 2021 Awards. More information can be retrieved from her LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/felicianosandra/