SECRA aims at tackling the often ad hoc, episodic quality of university-enterprise collaboration (UEC) in the field of disaster resilience in the project’s partner countries, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the Philippines. This is a pressing issue, because the knowledge and skills transfer through entrepreneurial processes within UEC have the potential to increase disaster resilience, as, for example, in better and more efficient agricultural practices. In turn, disaster resilient societies are more likely to better respond and adapt to consequences of climate change, to which SECRA’s partner countries are particularly vulnerable.

SECRA concomitantly addresses gender equity as a means of achieving better UEC. There is no simple answer to the wickedness of climate change consequences or in achieving resilience. In SECRA, we believe that facilitating systematic, institutionalized, and monitored UEC is part of a solution.

In summary, the overarching aim of SECRA is to contribute to more resilient communities in Asia through institutionalized, systematic, monitored, innovative, and inclusive UEC in disaster resilience.



Objective 1

SECRA’s first objective is to trace, delimit, and map the landscape of UEC collaborations broadly identified through (i) work preceding SECRA and (ii) the needs analysis conducted together with the program countries of the Philippines, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. This work will provide the foundation for the work conducted in the development WPs.

Objective 2

SECRA’s second objective is to foster a better alignment between the interest of enterprises and the national public interest, especially in the field of disaster resilience.

Objective 3

SECRA’s third objective is to create the prerequisites for, and establish, a community of practice (CoP) involving university and enterprise actors in the field of disaster resilience, both in physical and in virtual network terms.

Objective 4

SECRA’s fourth objective is to boost entrepreneurship and innovation in the selected HEIs by creating opportunities for collaboration with enterprise actors; support the transition of ideas into practice, and support start-ups and scale-ups while making use of existing knowledge resources at these HEIs.

Objective 5

SECRA’s fifth objective is to develop and launch a monitoring and assessment tool that can feed into evaluations of UEC collaborations in a broader effort towards evidence-based policy making in the program countries.

Objective 6

Our sixth objective is to foster appropriate, inclusive solutions for the promotion of gender equity and diversity.

SECRA’s aim and objectives are in line with the EU2020 strategy as well as with a number of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,
namely 5 (gender equality), 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure), 13 (climate action), and 17 (partnerships for the goals).

The project duration is January 2021 – December 2023

Work Packages and Deliverables

  • Corporate start-up lab
  • University Enterprise Engagement Days
  • Online Training Sessions
  • Partner Institution Staff Mobility
  • UEC Compass Model and Tool
  • On-Site and Online Training Sessions
  • Sensitization programme
  • Dissemination and Exploitation Strategy
  • Website and Online presence
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Press-releases
  • Promotional material
  • Articles in local trade publications
  • Sustainability and Continuity Plan
  • Final Event

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The Philippine launching and local kickoff of the Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration for Resilient Communities in Asia (SECRA) was held on May 20, 2021 via Zoom,

SECRA Newsletter Volume 01

September 2021

SECRA Newsletter Volume 01 is out now!


  • Project Background
  • EU – Asia Partnership
  • Work plan of the project
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MCL hosts SECRA Philippine launch

20th May 2021

The Philippine launching and local kickoff of the Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration for Resilient Communities in Asia (SECRA) was held on May 20, 2021 via Zoom, and broadcasted live via the Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) official Facebook page. A collaboration between Ateneo de Manila University, Malayan Colleges Laguna, and the Philippine Normal University, the event aimed to promote SECRA in the Philippines and to provide an overview on what the project is about. With the event open to the public, a total of 122 people were in attendance (105 in Zoom and 17 in Facebook). Read more…

Project Kickoff Meeting

4th February 2021

SECRA is getting under way with a three-day online kickoff meeting 2-4 February 2021. This digital meeting place will bring partners from 6 countries and 13 institutions together for the first time. The kickoff will start with a welcome note from the leadership of the lead (MIUN) and co-lead (UCLAN) European universities as well as a welcome greeting from the OIC and Deputy Chief of the UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, while three keynotes will address practical aspects of university-enterprise collaboration. 


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