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 22 years, ECIU has grown into a consortium with mutual trust and collaboration across management, 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.