We are ECIU, the European Consortium of Innovative Universities, a network of universities united by a common profile of shared beliefs, interests, and mutual trust.
The ECIU was founded in 1997, and the name underlines the European dimension of a selected group of entrepreneurial universities. We remain dedicated to ensuring a culture of innovation in all of our institutions, and to providing a catalytic role for innovation in business and society at large.
We believe in a European-wide ecosystem based upon open and inclusive collaboration connecting societal stakeholders, researchers and learners to provide European answers to future societal challenges. We create a playground for solving multi-disciplinary challenges in entrepreneurial, innovative ways and provide personalised learning and career opportunities for life at the European level, enabled by a novel university model based upon co-creation.
ECIU University is an agile, open agora at the European level for solving multi-disciplinary societal challenges, doing research and learning for life. We create an invigorating model of a true European University for the benefit of European society.
Research, education and innovation in ECIU University reflect our values:
ECIU University is a European wide ecosystem where demands for innovation unite seamlessly with motivate individuals and teams contributing to Europe and its regions. We believe that the role of the university is to empower its surroundings and its learners to reach their best.
ECIU University is a space where communities of practice flourish around urgent and relevant societal topics, such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to help Europe achieve sustainability. Together we will establish a hybrid, digitally-enabled space, which will allow communities to collaborate across boundaries.
ECIU University offers a unified approach to challenge-based higher education at the European level. At the core of our educational pathways are European micro-credentials, fundamental building blocks for challenge-based life-long learning pathways. In our vision for 2030, learning opportunities are tailored to the learners’ needs: flexible, personalised, academic skills and competence development in collaboration with the community.
Education in ECIU University drives European values and strengthens European culture and citizenship. We support the development of creative and resilient European citizens with an entrepreneurial mindset, critical thinking and agility. We connect cultures, enable people to move freely, and shape the European job market by providing necessary skills well aligned with the needs of society.
For staff, ECIU University is a flexible and agile testing ground for novel education outside national boundaries. It is the breeding ground for new educational and research models, a space for conducting open research and innovation and connecting with multiple stakeholders at different levels throughout Europe.
ECIU University is about co-creation. We work and create value empowering our learners and partnerships. We nourish our people to step in and stand up for the benefit of the community and society, at the same time co-creating value for themselves.
For learners, ECIU University membership is an essential part of their personal development and career planning, providing personalised and intelligent access to cutting-edge knowledge, peers and employers. Learners find opportunities to work and learn with diverse stakeholders throughout Europe.
For private and public organisations, the ECIU University membership means continuous access and participation in shaping knowledge and talent, as well as open, creative collaboration. Cities and regions are interconnected to maximise benefits of the ecosystem, and enterprises find benefits in like-minded stakeholders, researchers and learners.
Digital transformation is at the core of ECIU University, enabling innovations in education and research. Our vision for 2030 is that ECIU University functions as a hybrid, digitally-enabled learning, innovation and knowledge space with fit for purpose, low-cost, high-quality and people-centric services. Stakeholders, researchers and learners throughout Europe and beyond will use this environment to connect to each other and join our vibrant community no matter where they are. Our vision is that ECIU University will operate in multiple realities: the community will rely on a balanced interaction between the European-wide virtual organisation, the physical ECIU member university campuses, and involvement of our stakeholders.
Learn more about ECIU University Vision for 2030.