“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.

Olga Wessels
Head of ECIU Brussels Office

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

Joint Consortium Responses and Position Papers

Consultation on the ERA Framework – Areas of untapped potential for the development of the European Research Area – Download
European Consortium of Innovative Universities: Leading the way for innovation in academia
- Download
Consultation: From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation funding – Download
Consultation: The European Institute for Innovation and Technology – Download
Green Paper Promoting the Learning Mobility of Young People Response by the European Consortium of Innovative Universities ECIU – Download
Collective ECIU Response to the Public Consultation on Opening Up Education – A Proposal for a European Initiative - Download
Consultation: Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
- Download
The only way out: Investing in knowledge & innovation for a stronger Europe –Download
The role of Universities in the Smart Specialisation Strategy process – Download
Position Paper: European Innovation Council Download
European Education Area Statement –

Our Institutional Experts in the Steering Committee

Aalborg University
Charlotte Pedersen Jacobsen
Senior Consultant
Universidade de Aveiro
João Coutinho
Universidade de Aveiro
Artur Silva
Universitat A. Barcelona
Maite Paramio
Assistant Vice-Rector International Relations
Dublin City University
Rachel Barrett
Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
Hamburg University of Technology
Monica Schofield
Director EU Office
Linköping University
Michael Logdlund
Head of Grants Office
Tec. de Monterrey
Mariela Gómez
TEC Director for Europe Region 
Tec. de Monterrey
Neil Hernández Gress
ViceProvost for Research
University of Nottingham
Peter Stockwell
Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement (Europe)
University of Stavanger
Kyrre Ås
Head of EU-unit
Kaunas University of Technology
Asta Pundziene
Vice Rector Research and Innovations
Tampere University of Technology
Jarmo Takala
Vice Rector Research
Tampere University of Technology
Jörg Landwaldt
Liaison Officer
University of Twente
Rolf Vermeij
Liasion Officer

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