“We are committed to the encouragement of high quality research”

About ECIU

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 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.

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 invest to play a significant role in European policy-making in the fields of research, innovation and education.

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