About the UniTransfer project

What all this is about


In order to improve and even change the current situation in Central America and Mexico, HEI managers need to be aware of different aspects that have to be considered to achieve better collaboration with economical environment.

The present programme provides exactly this – an approach to better understanding the nature of knowledge and technology transfer, cooperation and partnering concepts, ways to implement it and changes that have to be made inside the structures in HEIs.

UniTransfer is based on Europe-Latin America relationships, as well as on the so called "South-South" relationships between Latin American countries, which are supposed to bring knowledge and experience to both actors, instead of just being a one-way stream.

Project Objectives

The main goal of UniTransfer is to create a course for leaders in knowledge and technology transfer (KTT). This is achieved by training managers and decision makers in different areas related to cooperation and partnering with external stakeholders from HEIs in Mexico and Central America, in order to improve their necessary skills to develop effective transfer, cooperation and partnering-strategies.

Besides, UniTransfer seeks to improve relationships between Latin America and Europe, by bringing together partners from Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Thus, the Programme wants to achieve a long term impact in the participant universities and further in their regions, fostering also entrepreneurship, innovation, business creation, employment and local economic growth.

Project Partners & Funding

UniTransfer is lead by the Fachhochhschule Münster (Münster University of Applied Sciences or MUAS) in Germany in cooperation with two main partners: Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) in Costa Rica and Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH) in Mexico.

UniTransfer Executive Training Course is a DIES Programme funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the HRK (German Rectors' Conference). Besides, UniTransfer has also the support of other secondary partners from different countries that have contributed to make this course possible. These partners are:

  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico)
  • Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico)
  • Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico)
  • Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)
  • Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
  • Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
  • Universidad Nacional a Distancia (Costa Rica)
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (Costa Rica)

The Structure of UniTransfer

The course is divided in three face-to-face modules that participants have to attend. This modules consist of a series of seminars, workshops, discussions, individual and group work, as well as visits to companies or organisations of interest. The three modules were:

  • Module A “Science-to-Business Marketing”
    • It took place in Münster, Germany, from 22nd April to 3rd May 2013.
  • Module B “Higher Education Institutions Structure”
    • It took place in San José, Costa Rica, from 29th September to 11th October 2013.
  • Module C “Government: Management, legal framework and policies”
    • It took place in Pachuca, Mexico, from 17th to 29th March 2014.

Besides, between the modules there were two online periods, where participants had meetings with their online tutors to continue with the progress of their projects, consult doubts and receive feedback.

Finally, from 10th to 12th September 2014 a closing conference is being organised in San José, Costa Rica, where the participants will present the latest results from their projects.

The Participants

The participants of UniTransfer are managers and decision makers in their respective Higher Education Institution (HEI) and their goal was to learn and share the best existing practice with experts from the participant countries, as well as broaden their knowledge and vision about knowledge and technology transfer (KTT), encompassing other topics like science-marketing, entrepreneurship, partnerships and innovation.

In total 20 participants took part in the three modules of UniTransfer and they came from Costa Rica (10), Mexico (9) and Nicaragua (1).