“Challenging Conventional Thinking”

The European Consortium of Innovative Universities
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ECIU is the leading international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy.

History and Membership

When our consortium was founded in 1997, our universities were the “new kids on the block”. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is in our DNA.
The name European Consortium of Innovative Universities underlines the European dimension of a selected group of entrepreneurial universities dedicated to the development of an innovative culture in their institutions, and to a catalytic role for innovation in industry and society at large.
Whilst many consortia today are innovation based, ECIU member institutions were pioneers in pursuing an innovation agenda.
In the last 17 years, ECIU has grown into a consortium with mutual trust and networking and collaboration across academic and administrative areas in all member institutions. ECIU has gained a collective wealth of experience and expertise in innovative education, research, knowledge exchange and administrative structures and practices. It offers a pool of resources e.g. in the field teaching entrepreneurship; in promoting entrepreneurship amongst students and staff and in treading new roads in the collaboration with business, industry and the public sector which provides a sound basis for the ECIU’s various activities. ECIU membership is a vehicle for maintaining a competitive edge, allowing members to learn from each other and to take forward activities that individual institutions could not pursue on their own.  Externally, the ECIU provides a collective, more powerful voice with greater impact than individual institutions engaging in European public debate on their own.

Our shared profile

The European Consortium of Innovative Universities is a network of universities who are united by a common profile, by shared beliefs and interests and mutual trust.
  • All ECIU universities have strengths in engineering and social sciences.
  • All are relatively young, either in age or spirit, and strongly committed to the encouragement of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • All have very close ties to industry and to their regions.
  • All are committed to developing unconventional forms of teaching and learning.
  • All are research intensive.
  • All wish to sustain and nurture internationally-minded staff.
  • All are determined to offer their students high quality education with international focus.
  • All experiment with new forms of management and administration.
  • All wish to play a significant role in European policy making by contributing to the Europe’s agenda for Higher Education.

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Featured News & Events

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Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella and his personal story about challenging conventional thinking

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Microsoft in partnership with DCU Institute of Education, DCU St Patrick’s Campus are delighted to invite you to a special event with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella – October 3, 2016

The ECIU Leadership Development Programme was a success

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From 6 to 9 September, the UAB hosted the latest meeting of the ECIU Leadership Development Programme, which unites university administration members from centres all over Europe.

3.7 milion Euros for ECIU universities for innovation research

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A major European research project will equip young innovation researchers for careers contributing to regional development. Seven universities from across Europe are taking part in the project.

3.7 milion Euros for ECIU universities for innovation research

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A major European research project will equip young innovation researchers for careers contributing to regional development. Seven universities from across Europe are taking part in the project.

EAIE reception: ECIU universities as a gateway to innovative Europe

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The ECIU member institutions cordially invite their partners to a networking reception in the framework of the next EAIE conference in Liverpool on 13 September from 7-9pm – Join us!

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Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella and his personal story about challenging conventional thinking

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Microsoft in partnership with DCU Institute of Education, DCU St Patrick’s Campus are delighted to invite you to a special event with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella – October 3, 2016

The ECIU Leadership Development Programme was a success

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From 6 to 9 September, the UAB hosted the latest meeting of the ECIU Leadership Development Programme, which unites university administration members from centres all over Europe.

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Excellent Results for ECIU
in THE Ranking 2015
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Congrats to our young universities DCU, UAB, Aveiro, Linkoeping and Aalborg for the excellent results in the THE 100 Under 50 Ranking 2015! Special congrats to DCU (up 20 places on last year) and Aveiro (up 10 places on last year)
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Meet ECIU
at the EAIE Conference in Glasgow
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The University of Strathclyde would like to introduce ECIU. You are welcome at their networking event at: Technology and Innovation Centre at University of Strathclyde
September 15 | 6-8pm
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Our mission
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We have a track record in

  • being pioneers in pursuing an innovation agenda
    Read more in our Position Paper Innovation Policy
  • regional innovation systems (finding new creative ways of interacting with the region-see examples)
  • innovative teaching and learning (giving evidence to teaching development, making strong use of problem-based learning, industry learning, technology enhanced learning, design thinking concept)
    Read more in our Position Paper
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