“Being pioneers in pursuing an innovation agenda”


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.

Policy / Topics we are interested 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

Olga Wessels
Head of ECIU Brussels Office

The latest news

ECIU proposes stronger outreach for Erasmus

ECIU Network
January 22, 2019
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.

Creating the University of the Future

ECIU Network
September 6, 2018
In a paper ECIU shares different ambitions on impact, education and governance, illustrating their commitment. ‍

Universities as keys to unlock Europe’s Innovation Powerhouse

ECIU Network
September 6, 2018
To realise an European Innovation Powerhouse, the ECIU would like to see that Horizon Europe pays particular emphasis on fostering excellent local European innovation ecosystems, in which innovative universities play a very important role.

Our Engagement

Joint Consortium Responses and Position Papers

Our Institutional Experts in the Steering Committee

Artur Silva
University of Aveiro
Asta Pundziene
Kaunas University of Technology
Vice Rector Research and Innovations
Charlotte Pedersen Jacobsen
Aalborg University
Senior Consultant
Jarmo Takala
Tampere University
Vice Rector Research
John Quirk
The University of Nottingham
Director of Global Engagement
João Coutinho
University of Aveiro
Jörg Landwaldt
Tampere University
Liasion Officer
Kyrre Ås
University of Stavanger
Head of EU-unit
Maite Paramio
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Assistant Vice-Rector International Relations
Mariela Gómez
Tecnológico de Monterrey
TEC Director for Europe Region
Michael Logdlund
Linköping University
Head of Grants Office
Monica Schofield
Hamburg University of Technology
Director EU Office
Neil Hernández Gress
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Vice President for Research
Rachel Barrett
Dublin City University
Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
Rolf Vermeij
University of Twente
Liasion Officer
Vanessa Ravagni
University of Trento
Head Research Support and Technology Transfer Division

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