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The partners

KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence

The University of Cyprus (UCY) is the leading university with more than 7,000 students and the most active research institution in Cyprus (European Research Rankings). UCY is the youngest institution to be ranked in the top 550 Higher Education Institutions in the world and is ranked 55th worldwide in the “150 Under 50 Rankings” (THE World University Rankings). UCY is one of the few organizations in Cyprus holding the EFQM “Committed to Excellence” Award and acknowledged with the "HR Excellence in Research" logo. It delivers up to 350 externally funded research projects, including several FP7 and H2020 projects, 10 ERC Grants and national and regional research programmes funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation and the European Structural Funds and holds two of the three ERC Advanced Grants awarded in Cyprus.

The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence is a large research center (more than 80 researchers) within UCY. The Center boasts a critical mass of researchers with expertise in applied and industrial-geared research and innovation, particularly in the area of intelligent monitoring, management, and safety of critical infrastructure systems. The Center concentrates on infrastructures related to energy and power, telecommunications, water resources, and transportation. The KIOS Center of Excellence involves the creation of an “Innovation Cluster” (KIOS Innovation Hub), to provide research and innovation services to organizations. The Center has secured more than 57 research funded programs, totaling over €10 million Euros from EU funding. Amongst the projects being delivered at KIOS is an ERC Advanced Grant, several FP7 projects, as well as projects funded by the European Structural Fund Programmes. The center has recently (Nov. 2016) been selected to receive seed funding from the European Union to advance into a flagship research and innovation center of excellence -the first such Center in Cyprus and only one of 10 selected such centers throughout Europe. This success is the result of a lengthy and extremely competitive proposal process coordinated by the European Commission as part of the EU’s strategic programme “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation – Teaming”. The Center also has particular expertise in coordinating significant international and multidisciplinary networks of various sizes and subjects. KIOS was the first Cyprus based organization to coordinate an ESF COST Action in the area of Critical Infrastructures and has also been a key driver for academic collaboration with industry, SMEs, as well as public service authorities and semi-governmental organizations.


TELLConsult is a registered, independent consultancy firm initiated and owned by Ton Koenraad. Its general objective is to contribute to quality promotion of Technology Enhanced Lifelong Learning with a special focus on Technology Enhanced Language Learning.

The main activities addressing TELLConsult’s mission are organised by two departments: PROJECTS and TRAINING.

TELLConsult PROJECTS coordinates the definition, development and evaluation of innovative (EU) projects related to Information & Communication Technology in (Language) Education). Its previous and current project participations are in the field of (task design) for Computer and Mobile Assisted Language Learning (CALL & MALL), Educational Telecollaboration, Tablet and touch screen training and research, e-tools for Content Integrated Language Learning (CLIL) and 3D Virtual Worlds for language learning.

In collaboration with (inter)national partners and experts TELLConsult TRAINING coordinates the organisation of courses for the professional development of teachers and teacher educators.

The annual offer of courses - largely based on the results of the projects TELLConsult has participated in - can be consulted here.

TELLConsult’s website and portfolio can be found here:
In addition to various special interest groups and networks TELLConsult is formal member of the following professional organisations:

Alcyone d.o.o.

Alcyone d.o.o is an IT company specializing in software development and process optimization. As such, we have gained experiences in various domains – from public services and manufacturing to e-commerce. We have significant experience in ERP, CRM, document management, e-learning, and a wide multiplicity of other domains.

In the past, we participated in innovative LdV project, working to enhance students' educational learning experiences through Augmented Reality.

Currently, we have two regular employees, with additional external co-workers. Our work is organized with agile project management (eXtreme Programming) and tasks (and quality) are controlled via internal tool.

University Politehnica of Bucharest

University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB) is the largest (more than 25000 students) and the oldest technical university in the country and among the most prestigious universities in Romania. Its tradition developed in 200 years through the effort of the most important nation's schoolmasters and of the generations of students enrolled in engineering studies.

UPB mission has been thought over as a blend of education, research and innovation, which represents a key towards a knowledge-based society and economy. The University Politehnica of Bucharest is striving to become one of the universities in Europe able to design and optimize processes that lead to a knowledge-based society, to reaching the goals of the sustainable economic growth, to better jobs, to stronger economic and social cohesion, in compliance with the provisions of the 2002 European Council in Lisbon and European Council in Barcelona in the same year.

UPB offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 170 specializations, organized in 15 faculties and 60 departments.

MicroDERLab is a Research Group at UPB, reuniting teams from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Automation and Control and the Faculty of Power Engineering.  It promotes a common research agenda on electrical engineering topics focusing measurements and instrumentation for a faster deployment of the intelligent networks of the future.

The MicroDERLab team at UPB has a strong research background in measurement and instrumentation for power systems, and is actively involved in several European and national projects and networks. Currently the team is contributing to the smart metering deployment strategy in Romania (as one of the partners developing the Smart Metering roadmap, within the former IEE Smart Regions project). UPB team is working on several projects fostering ICT solutions for power grid infrastructure to be deployed in the emerging grids. An important objective on the R&D agenda is designing of holistic solutions (microgrids for sustainable communities, metering with PQ features) to be supported by visionary energy policies and regulatory framework.

A strong asset of UPB is its long-term and fruitful collaboration with Romanian utilities, in various projects targeting electrical energy and energy efficiency. In recognition of the highly developed infrastructure, MicroDERLab is a member of DERLAB network (since April 2013).

The University of Hull

Established in 1927 as a college of the University of London (making it England’s 14th-oldest university), Hull received its royal charter in 1954. Since then, it has expanded dramatically to become one of the UK’s foremost higher education centres, with a current student population of more than 22,000 – of which almost 15,000 are full time. Among its most notable alumni are the Academy Award-winning film director Anthony Minghella; the former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, John Prescott; and Muhtar Kent, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola.

The University of Hull is a traditional, medium-size, research-led University and has earned a reputation as one of Britain’s finest teaching universities. We value our international students' contribution to the University's academic, social, and cultural life, and we are devoted to helping them achieve their goals. Hull regularly features at the top end of teaching quality league tables. Hull has maintained its position among the leading mainstream English universities in each of the last six National Student Surveys.

The School of Histories, Languages and Cultures (SHLC) is a vibrant and diverse School which offers a strong portfolio of degree programmes in these disciplines (HistoryAmerican Studies, Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics) available in a wide range of combinations within the subject areas of the School and in connection with other subjects outside the School.

We offer a study of key, globally significant languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese)(,-languages/undergraduate-study.aspx) and a programme dedicated to the study of the English language and its linguistic and cultural significance in the world today (Applied English Language Studies) (,-linguisti/undergraduate-study/student-handbook/teaching-and-learning/outline-of-programme-structu-1.aspx). When it comes to mixing and matching languages with other subjects the choice on offer here at Hull is very broad. With up to 80 different combinations of subjects to choose from we are sure you will find a course to suit your future plans.

Our Languages for All Programme (Passport Programme

( offers the opportunity to all students in the university to learn additional languages alongside your main programme of study (and still get credit that will count towards the final degree). Our current students are enjoying learning Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian to name a few.

A state-of-the art Language Learning Centre is also hosted and managed by the School and offers staff and students interesting opportunities to support learner autonomy and experiment with innovative ways of teaching and learning languages and approach cultural studies and an expert team of language learning advisers.

In addition to its expanding undergraduate provision, the School also runs a very successful set of postgraduate programmes in Translation Studies and TESOL. It is currently involved in two European research projects (JOYN and EUROVERSITY) on innovative ways of teaching languages through social media and it is the regional lead partner of the Routes into Languages Consortium for Yorkshire and the Humber delivering a strong portfolio of innovative outreach activities for schools and colleges.

Finally in 2015 a Confucius Institute was established at the University of Hull ( and is led by Professor Mozzon-McPherson (partner in the REDESIGN project). The Confucius Institute aims at disseminating Chinese language and culture within the region and the University of Hull’s CI has its focus on innovative pedagogies. The Institute has already won a national award (2016) for its innovative language and music project, Chinese Whispers ( This is an interdisciplinary collaboration between languages and music and works on pedagogic principles of students as partners in the learning process and scenario-based learning with a focus on employability. The latter brought to the establishment of a successful Chinese choir which won a second prize in a Chinese UK song competition. The pedagogic approach which drives this project is distinctive and is now becoming a national model of good practice and is being transferred into schools and the wider community as well as across other disciplines, universities and contexts.

The School supports an interdisciplinary mix of research activities which cut across traditional boundaries. Our areas of strength are inter-alia: language & translation studies, language learner autonomy, online learning communities, online speech communities, language teaching in social media; discourse analysis as a reflective tool; language as a pedagogic tool; language teacher education and corpus linguistics and intercultural communication.

The Verein Offenes Lernen (OLE)

The Verein Offenes Lernen (OLE) was founded in 2007 as a “green field” organization to explore 21st century education without the legacy of established organization as a “spin off” the IBM Virtual World Community. It is a small, Austrian based charity with a world-wide network of collaborators and community. It serves professional teachers to explore new learning environments, learners using those new possibilities and functions as an “embedded” research institute in that context. Since 2011, we have been active within the “Learning Analytics” research domain. The aim of the activities is to explore the true potential of an individual and of educational organizations.