The ECIU Universities joined forces 20 years ago, based on a common track record. Each member University is a globally connected centre of research and education, and plays a significant role in (re)creating a regional knowledge economy. Within the network, the ECIU members not only share expertise and intelligence, but also seek for joint action towards the European institutions in order to jointly gather intelligence and possibly even influence the debate on the European funding programmes. Here, ECIU with its specific profile can offer a unique and modern view in addition to the traditional views often voiced by established universities. ECIU is eager to working together with European stakeholders on the nature of a modern, innovative university.
Get inspired! We practice what we preach: We’re thirteen entrepreneurial universities with strong regional impact.
AI Hub Tampere is a new artificial intelligence research centre hosted by Tampere University and funded by public instruments. The centre organises workshops, helpdesk sessions, experimental piloting and other support for adopting artificial intelligence in local companies. The principle is to make AI easy to reach, affordable with free of charge services, neutral and equal for all. The centre is part of a nationwide network of AI centres that is currently being built. Linköping has a comparable community: Linköping AI.
An Erasmus+ KA2 project coordinated by the University of Trento aiming at emphasising the crucial role of Higher Education Institutions in boosting innovation, with an approach deeply rooted in the principle of partnership and with a novel focus on interdisciplinary and intersectoral education.
An example of network-based collaboration for open innovation from Aveiro: The “Creative Science Park”, stimulates and manages flows of knowledge and technology between the scientific and technological system, the business sector and national and international markets, enhancing the creation and growth of companies based on innovation and strengthening regional competitiveness.
CLab Trento is a cross-disciplinary laboratory aimed at fostering academic education on soft skills, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. It is composed by a co-work space, a stimulating environment which is designed to encourage the adoption of an entrepreneurial mindset through the principles of proactive problem-solving and learning by doing. The education formats, which are designed so to reduce the gap between the academic world and innovation in the real world, leverage the diversity in the background of the students and benefit from the expertise of teachers, mentors, startuppers, professionals and investors from the local and national ecosystem
Collaboration between research institutions and industry with co-funding mechanisms works well in regional funded projects in Lithuania, Kaunas University of Technology is part of "Intelektas"; "SmartInvest LT”.
Dublin City University hosts a Business Matchmaker and Research Showcase event, providing an opportunity for companies to meet face-to-face with experts at DCU who are actively engaged in research that has applications across many industry sectors.
Early idea testing and development by pre-start-ups and research teams can be hard. Tampere University’s Impact Canvas is a useful tool to develop impact. The method can also be used when there are more mature research results or when research results are already deployed.
Hub Innovazione Trentino promotes the results of research and innovation in the Trentino system in order to support the development of the local economy. The University of Trento is one if its stakeholders.
The Go-Lab project and its successor Next-Lab, coordinated by the University of Twente, offer remote and virtual online laboratories for large-scale use in education. The GO-GA project will make the platform available in Africa.
The Problem Based Learning-pedagogical model of Aalborg University has become both nationally and internationally recognised by universities, researchers and students as an advanced and efficient learning model for cooperating with the business community and help students with an entrepreneurial mindset.
The Santaka Valley at Kaunas University of Technology is an integrated science, study and business centre for public and private research, knowledge-intensive businesses, and provides added-value services.
The School of Innovation aims at stimulating innovative and creative approaches to the solutions of problems in different disciplinary fields. It takes a revolutionary approach to multidisciplinary university education by providing a unique offer of highly practical and interactive set of course, laboratories and case studies, which can be mainly chosen according to one’s interests and professional aspirations.
The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is part of the Catalonian Innovation Triangle. This Triangle must become one of the main European corridors for business and technical excellence, knowledge and quality of life.
The University of Aveiro has developed an intensive program of industry internships within the region, engaging students and faculty with real-life industry challenges, with more than 10% of the students enrolling in curricular internships every year.
In a unique event that took place in Brussels on 6 November 2018, students of the ECIU universities challenged conventional thinking and discussed the role of universities in 2040. Check out the aftermovie!
ECIU is determined to change the way of delivering education from degree based to challenge based. ECIU’s proposal to the EU suggests a ground-breaking and innovative educational model on a European scale.
In a new position paper, the ECIU shares its ideas for the future Erasmus programme. A much stronger outreach component will ensure the impact and relevance of exchange programmes, according to the paper.