The purpose and the frequency of the transnational meetings are as follows:
1. October 2015: kick off meeting in Erfurt (distance related decision) involving teachers/ local government/ entrepreneurs and business clubs. The purpose of this first official transnational meeting is an opportunity for all the parties to get acquainted and to further specify, define and streamline the expectations of each of the partners involved. Students will not take part in this meeting yet, as the planned activities for the first exchange wil be discussed in great detail and made more tangible. Alfa-college will give a presentation about the triple Helix principle and its advantages and possible pitfalls. In addition, tasks and budget will be discussed and divided.
2. April 2016: The Netherlands receives: delegations from Slovakia and Czeck Republic involving 20 students per country/accompanying teachers/ representatives from foreign government/ representatives from foreign Business Clubs. Prior to the first exchange students from each of the countries will have become aquainted with one another via digital classroom. As from October 2015 they will be paired up with students from the other countries in order for them to share and present the information they have gathered. The students will start researching and selecting companies they feel are suitable to carry out a market research for. They will be assisted by the local Chamber of Commerce./ local government as they are aware of the latest developments regarding regional economic development and the needs of the local entrepreneurs. After they have selected the companies they will be executing a market research for, the students will be establishing contact with the Chambers of Commerce in the country they will be visiting. During these teaching exchanges, students will attend class and will be involved in workshops from Chamber of Commerce and/or Business clubs on business etiquette and the regional economic climate. Of couse the students will then visit the selected companies with their Dutch student buddies. They will give a presentation about the foreign company they are representing and their unique selling points. This might result in export/import or cheaper production. At the end of their stay, the foreign students will present the outcome of their market research in English to teachers/local government/chamber of commerce and business clubs. After the presentations the other parties involved will reflect on the findings of the students and discuss future developments in a broader international context. Note: after each mobility, the project leader (Alfa-college) will present the partners with an evaluation report to ensure targets have been met and if the budget is not overspend.
3. October 2016: Slovakia receives. Same approach as mentioned above (second mobility), this time the Slovakian students will take the foreign students under their wing and accompany them to the companies that are interested in doing business transnationally. This peer learning construction is a very effective and useful tool and will therefor be used throughout the project. The students who have already carried out their market research in the Netherlands will present a concise plan, including an update on the cooperation so far. However, during the second exchange the representatives of the municipalities and Business clubs will be able to elaborate on what has been established already and discuss these developments in greater detail and hence take it to the next level. They will start focussing on creating an international platform for the countries involved in order to ensure continuity. Representatives of the municipalities of Hoogeveen and Jicin will reflect on the possibility of twinning up.
4. Januari/February 2017: Czeck Republic receives. Same set-up as the third mobility. Students will present an in- depth and up to date analysis of the current state of affairs. In addition, the visiting students will research if the entrepreneurs in area of Jicin are willing and able to do business across borders. Again, business plans will be presented to all parties involved. Representatives of municipalities and Business clubs should be able to work towards a more substancial and practical model of the international platform and should be able to pinpoint the fields that will be cooperating.
5. September 2017: Evaluation and dissimination meeting in Erfurt. During this final meeting, teachers and representatives of local government en business clubs wil meet up and agree on the final structure and goals of the platform.