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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.