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Erasmus+ OER-CRAFT Project 5th Transnational Meeting
2017-07-10

The OER-CRAFT Project 5th and last Transnational Meeting was held last 5th July in Pescara, Italy. OERCRAFT is an Erasmus+ project which is led by the University of Malaga (UMA) under the coordination of Dr. Ana M. Castillo-Clavero (Full College Professor of Business Organization) with the administrative support of the Vice-Rectorate of the International Affairs. The project lasts two years (September 2015- August 2017) and is attended by institutions and partner organizations from five countries: Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia; IDP sas di Giancarlo Costantino from Pescara, Italy; Institut de Haute Formation aux Politiques Communautaires from Brussels, Belgium; Internet Web Solutions S.L., Málaga, Spain; Chamber of Commerce of Pafou, Cyprus; EDUNET Association in Craiova, Romania; and Andalucía Emprende, Fundación Andaluza, based in Seville, Spain.
OER-CRAFT is an innovative project that has resulted in the creation of an online open educational
platform (OER "Open Educational Resources") that offers free contents and resources such as business
training fiches, materials, and audios, especially designed to help entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and
SMEs which carry out manual, creative, artistic and craft activities (textiles, ceramics, jewelry, forging,
etc.) to improve their competitiveness and solvency, strengthen their business and jump to the
international market, through the promotion and placement of their products and services, not only in
its local and regional area, but also at a national, European and even global level.
The project is aimed at current and potential entrepreneurs, mainly rural, in any region of the partner
countries, since these people usually lack adequate tools and advice to start and consolidate their
company or to acquire knowledge to help them in the challenge of turning art into business. The
ultimate goal of this project is to ensure that artisan crafts, both old and new, survive, and also that
people are able to live on them, and that this cultural and identity heritage of incalculable value is
maintained.
The project has held four previous transnational meetings (Malaga in September 2015, Craiova in April
2016, Brussels in October 2016 and Bratislava in April 2017) and in this last one held at the headquarters
of IDP, the Italian partner, it has been verified that the project has completed all the planned activities
within the deadlines (creation of the online platform, preparation of materials and contents, translation
into different languages, face-to-face courses, quality evaluation, etc.), pending only the completion of
the administrative management and the final report.
The results indicators have provided fully satisfactory and even excellent data in many respects, such as
face-to-face training courses –which validated the quality and usefulness of training materials – that
have nearly tripled the committed target. It has been possible to verify a wide scope in the diffusion of
the materials and a great number of users of them, since the web of the project is having a growing
number of monthly visits, according to the web metric indicators.
All the partners have been very active in the dissemination of the project, by publishing information on
web pages and social networks, interviews and press news, videos on YouTube, promotional events,
participation in meetings and forums of entrepreneurship as well as sectorial ones which have made
possible to reach specifically the target audience.
Just a week before, on June 29th, the UMA celebrated the project final event of dissemination with the
"Challenges of Craft Business" conference, inaugurated by the Rector, where well-known speakers took
part, and had a huge diffusion among the media and social networks.
At this meeting the UMA, in addition to congratulating all the participants for their commitment and
dedication to the project, has expressed its willingness to continue attending future calls within these
strategic actions in order to give continuity in the long term to this work helping to the development of a
sector as important as the artistic and craft one.