Project Backgrounds and Objectives


  • Mismatch between technical education and current employment market for engineers
  • Service providers (new SMEs) in great demand, e.g. spare parts handling, auxiliary services, and recycling
  • Low investments for start-ups or small-scale businesses in mechanical and process engineering related to raw materials
  • Outsourcing, extending the network and establishing partnerships in East and South-East Europe (ESEE) countries


  • Avoid the brain-drain of local communities and promoting circular economy in the ESEE region
  • Create highly qualified professionals or entrepreneurs with a specification in maintenance engineering for the ESEE region
  • Contribute to technological advancement and competence building in the ESEE region
  • Support commercial know-how and technology transfer for the subject-specific operations in the raw material industry
  • Seed start-ups in the ESEE region