What is PROTECT?

PROTECT is a Tempus III Joint European Project within the eligible period from September 01, 2007 - February 28, 2010. Joint European Projects aim to increase cooperation and network-building between actors in higher education in EU Member States and partner countries, and help the higher education sector propagate its knowledge outside academic institutions.

It will address the need of Ukrainian universities to improve their university business realtions via creating a university system for entrepreneurial activites support able to facilitate improvements in general climate for spin-off businesses creatoin, technology transfer, self-employment of students, staff members and graduates.


PROTECT unites six academic and four non-academic institutions from four countries for a period of two years. 

The members of the consortium are seven Ukrainian partners, one Russian partner, and two European partners from Germany and Spain.

Scientific Network

Saarland University has long lasting experience within the TEMPUS programme.
The project PROMETHEUS which was coordinated by Saarland University belongs to the success stories of the TEMPUS programme. This project helped Moldovan universities to develop entrepreneurial activities and to strengthen their capacity to engage in technology transfer activities.

Specific Objectives

  • to learn and benchmark best practice and experiences in the field of support to entrepreneurial activities, to adapt them to the local conditions, to improve legal frameworks for operation of spin-off SMEs;
  • to create an Office for technology transfer and entrepreneurial activities support in Cherkassy able to operate and remain sustainable beyond the project framework;
  • to implement the Office┬┤s pilot operation in order to improve working skills, promote the offices in the country and the region, to reinforce links between universities, industry and authorities.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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