SATELIT project

Beyond the development of knowledge, the University aims to play a major role in the economic development and employability of the students it has trained, in particular PhD students who participate in the production of scientific results for the University and which can be sources of innovation and job creators. However, in several Maghreb Universities, the lack of infrastructures dedicated to Innovation and Technology Transfer or, where they exist, the need to consolidate their position in the innovation ecosystem, poses a fundamental problem in a context of global dimension for innovation and academic performance. Especially since the needs of companies in support of innovation have evolved.

In response, the SATELIT project proposes solutions at the local level (reinforcement of capacities and exchange of good practices), at national level (modernization of national programs), at regional level (polarization of Education for Innovation in the Mediterranean).

The mission of SATELIT is to consolidate the positioning of Maghreb universities in their innovation ecosystem through capacity reinforcement, cross-sectoral partnerships, and leadership.

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Key action


Capacity building and exchange of good practices


Modernization of programs


Polarization of Education for Innovation

Expected impact of the project

The impact of capacity reinforcement, by advancing knowledge and techniques, is expected in first place at the Universities, on the improvement and the professionalization of Innovation and Technology Transfer university offices, which will thus offer a better level of Service to Teachers-Researchers and PhD Students. This rise will position the universities or consolidate their role in the ecosystem of the innovation chain, in their local environment and will have a leverage effect on increasing the employability of PhD students by creating start-ups and companies. The application of innovative technological approaches and operational solutions adapted to local conditions is another local impact.

The Ministries of Higher Education will implement and supervise at a national level the Conference Days of Alliances and Meetings between Universities, Companies and PhD Students. They will have an impact for the latter with, in addition to the participation of social actors such as the National Employment Agencies of the three countries. Conference days may be duplicated in non-partner universities.

The SATELIT project will also have a striking force in national policies, since the Ministries of Education and Employment and the Maghreb Vocational Training will be the recipients of the findings of the survey to launch the project of professionalization of PhD students.

With the ability of recent graduates, especially PhD students, to enhance their readability in the context of job search. The Ministries of Higher Education will implement and supervise at a national level the conference days for Universities, Companies and PhD students. They will have an impact for the latter with, in addition to the participation of social actors such as the National Employment Agencies of the three countries. The SATELIT project will combine the skills and activities that will have an impact in the short, medium and long term for greater efficiency through synergies and complementarities between the different involved bodies.

The sharing of knowledge and know-how on the Culture of Innovation will require a polarization of regional scale, in the sense of the neighborhood advocated by Erasmus Plus: the Euro-Mediterranean pole Education to Innovation will be the tangible result, visible and durable of the partner countries and actors of the project. But it will aim to expand geographically, academically, institutionally, with leading industrial sectors, student associations, inter-cultural participants, shareholders and promoters of projects related to the topic and already funded by the European Commission, under its programs. This capitalization of the results will also value the Education and Research policies of the European Union. It will thus contribute to the development of a high-performance competitiveness area and the Euro-Mediterranean area of Higher Education and Innovation.

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SATELIT aims to consolidate the positioning of the Universities of Maghreb within its innovation ecosystem due to the capacities, cross-sectoral partnership and leadership in order to:

  • To create a high added value formation in innovation and technology transfer for 24 centres.
  • To improve the quality of the public research results management: enhancement, marketing, speeding up, start-ups, entrepreneurship + women.
  • To structure 6 university acceleration offices in the innovation network.
  • To support the PhD students professionalization.
  • To contribute to the young graduates employability.
  • To increase the territorial cooperation through triple helix alliances, innovative ideas seminars, the skills transfer.
  • To promote the culture of innovation through the creation of the ELIT pole "Euro-Mediterranean Innovations and Transfers Leader".

The SATELIT project involves 21 partners from 6 countries in the Western Mediterranean, public and private, from 2016 to 2019.