The project ALTECS „Knowledge exchange in the framework of alternative economic systems for the promotion of sustainable regional development“ is implemented by the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry Trnava in the period September 2013 to December 2014 in the framework of the funding programme European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) Slovak Republic – Austria.
The objective of the ALTECS project is to set first steps for a sustainable regional development based on knowledge exchange between companies and students and using knowledge to pursue and implement a responsible and resource conserving economic way.
In order to advance ecological, economic, and social sustainability, regional know-how founded on the important pillars science and economy and generated among the involved target groups in the context of a summer university is made available.
The realisation of the summer university was designed together with the „OeAD-WohnraumverwaltungsGmbH“ as the initiator and implementing body of this educational method on the Austrian side. In this regard, those companies are supported that want to follow a socially, ecologically, and economically exemplary pattern or already represent best practice and can thus give valuable advice.
Students from Austria and the Slovak Republic were involved from the sector of science. They enlarged and also shared their knowledge in the field of sustainability in order to elaborate new perspectives for sustainable regional development in the framework of peer group projects together with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Long-term orientation as an essential indicator of sustainability is achieved in the course of regular platform and network events that simultaneously accelerates knowledge exchange. The shared set-up and the realisation of the educational programme promotes sympathy for the neighbour (cultural, economic, ecological, social) as well as solidarity in the border region and causes a common responsibility for the cross-border economic area.