“Being pioneers in pursuing an innovation agenda”

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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.

ECIU Practices

Get inspired! We practice what we preach: We’re thirteen entrepreneurial universities with strong regional impact.

AI HUb Tampere

Tampere University
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.
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In-house Proof of Concept scheme

Aalborg University
Aalborg University has introduced an in-house Proof of Concept scheme.
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C-EXTENDED project

University of Trento
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.
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Creative Science Park

University of Aveiro
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.
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CLab Trento

University of Trento
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
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Intelektas and SmartInvest LT

Kaunas University of Technology
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”.
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License Express Scheme

Dublin City University
Dublin City University developed a License Express Scheme to simplify and speed up the time it takes to conclude a licence.
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Business Matchmaker and Research Showcase

Dublin City University
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.
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Impact Canvas

Tampere University
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.
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HIT Hub Innovazione Trentino

University of Trento
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.
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Industry Professors

Tampere University
Tampere University has appointed four Industry Professors to enrich education and foster university-industry collaborations.
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Aveiro Region Business Incubator

University of Aveiro
The Aveiro Region Business Incubator is a regional network of municipal and university’s incubation centres to promote local entrepreneurship and social innovation.
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Go-Lab project and next-lab

University of Twente
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.
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ENviSION

Kaunas University of Technology
The Horizon 2020-funded project "ENviSION", of which the Kaunas University of Technology is a partner of, is an example of open innovation, including transdisciplinary considerations.
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EIT Digital Co-Location Centre in Trento

University of Trento
The Italian Node of EIT Digital that clusters public and private organisations that are driving the digital innovation and transformation in Italy.
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Problem Based Learning-pedagogical model

Aalborg University
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.
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Santaka Valley

Kaunas University of Technology
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.
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School of Innovation

University of Trento
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.
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Science & Innovation Hub of Aalborg University

Aalborg University
The Science & Innovation Hub of Aalborg University is a prominent centre for interdisciplinary research, innovation, entrepreneurship, talent development and business development.
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Catalonian Innovation Triangle

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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.
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University of Aveiro

University of Aveiro
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.
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TECHNORAMA

Kaunas University of Technology
The annual event "TECHNORAMA" of Kaunas University of Technology is a matchmaking event between inventors and investors.
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Policy / Topics we are interested in

Olga Wessels
Head of ECIU Brussels Office

The latest news
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ECIU Students about the University of 2040

EVENT
Student
November 6, 2018
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!

Towards a European University

EVENT
ECIU Network
February 28, 2019
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.

ECIU proposes stronger outreach for Erasmus

EVENT
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.

Our Engagement
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Joint Consortium Responses and Position Papers

Our Institutional Experts in the Steering Committee

Artur Silva
University of Aveiro
Vice-Rector
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
Pro-Rector
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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