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Current projects

European University-business cooperation (UBC)

University-business cooperation in Europe: drivers, challenges, and opportunities

A consortium led by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre from the Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany has been contracted by the DG Education & Culture at the European Commission to conduct a Europe-wide study on cooperation between universities and business. From 2016, the consortium will undertake two major quantitative studies to understand UBC from the perspective of both Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as well as business, together with the production of 50 good practice UBC case studies and European policy recommendations. The project is a follow-up project from an earlier tender which was also executed by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre in 2010-2011. This study was the largest study ever undertaken on the topic of UBC in Europe. In contrast to the previous study, the current tender will also take the business perspective into account and will have a larger focus on indicators.

Contact person:
Todd Davey
Director for International Projects at Münster University of Applied Sciences



Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education

The project responds to the concerns expressed by stakeholders on the shortcomings in the labour market orientation of Higher Education, focusing on the balance between practical and theoretical learning in higher education and to mismatches between the skills sets of graduates and the skills they require during their early careers. EU countries have experienced a substantial increase in graduate unemployment and a decrease of quality of their employment. European students and graduates report continuously that they are worried about their careers. At the same time employers and employers’ organisations report they are having increasing difficulties in finding graduates with matching skills.

In this Knowledge Alliance, Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education, enterprises, associations and HEIs come together to identify and analyse current provision of work experience in HEIs in 7 different EU countries, generating 84 case studies of work-based learning (WBL) involving all four types of disciplinary sectors (hard-pure, e.g. natural sciences; soft-pure, e.g. humanities and social sciences; hard-applied, e.g. medicine and soft-applied, e.g. social work) covering work placements, traineeships and entrepreneurships. Working with practitioners, it will create 12 replicable modules of WBL, together with guidance on management, quality assurance, learning outcomes, funding and accreditation. These modules will cover and support the 4 sectors and will be tailored to national contexts. A unique feature is the attention for Humanities for which the transition to the labour market is less transparent and mapped than other sectors.

The project aims to:
  • increase capacity of HE staff and enterprises to provide high quality work experience and entrepreneurship
  • identify what kind of WBL leads to high quality jobs
  • support the accreditation of WBL through ECTS and effective Quality Assurance
  • ensure that skills needs of employers are understood

Find out more:
Website coming soon

Contact person:
Robert Wagenaar
Professor, University of Groningen and Director of the International Tuning Academy


Embedding Entrepreneurship Education

Increasing young people’s entrepreneurship skills is increasingly viewed as a way to drive economic growth while also addressing pressing social issues. The last 5 years have seen growth in the number of HEIs offering entrepreneurship education of some kind; nevertheless, absolute levels of student entrepreneurship remain low and lag far behind competitors: only 1 in 19 young people in Germany are actively engaged in early stage entrepreneurial activity, compared to 1 in 7 in the US.The failure to capitalise on the potential of student and graduate enterprise has direct consequences. Germany has seen a long term decrease in total early-stage entrepreneurial activity in under-25s with the biggest contrainst cited as “a poor entrepreneurial climate in the education system” and the average entrepreneur in Hungary is in his 40s (1) (in a country battling particularly high youth unemployment) and again “an unsupportive education system and negative media attention hinders the development of entrepreneurship”. Even in more progressive Austria, entrepreneurship education is found predominantly in business schools, not as a cross-discipline subjects with GEM experts stating “a long-term challenge is also to improve entrepreneurial education”.

Embedding Entrepreneurship Education (Triple-E), has been designed with a clear objective: increase the proportion of HEI students acquiring an entrepreneurial mind-set and engaging in early stage entrepreneurial activity.

We will do this by raising awareness & improving the pedagogic capacities of HEI educators, and facilitating improved collaboration with other actors in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. As such, the operational objectives of the project are:
  • Develop a needs and opportunities analysis stating the case for an integrated, cross sector approach to student entrepreneurship education in the HEI sector.
  • Create 3 Regional Alliances to bring together 36+ stakeholders from HEI, private and public sector to state the need and opportunities for student entrepreneurship in our 3 regions.
  • Jointly develop a Entrepreneurship Teaching Toolkit to develop, trial and compare innovative teaching methodologies to widen the knowledge and improve the skills of graduates and academic staff.
  • Develop and pilot test a multi-channel promotion campaign to promote the topic of entrepreneurship as a whole, including e.g. entrepreneurial thinking and acting, social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and academic entrepreneurship.

Find out more:
Website coming soon

Contact person:
David Blunck
Consultant at Univations

The Innovation Alliance

Strengthening the knowledge triangle, building sustainable collaborative relationships between universities, SMEs and innovation support organizations

The project responds to the problem of increasing fragmentation in the field of innovation promotion, especially the dislocation between those who generate knowledge that could spur innovation (HEIs), and those who can translate that knowledge into marketable strategies and use it to produce economic growth (SMEs). Since the SME sector accounts for 99% of all businesses, provides two thirds of private sector jobs and contributes more than half of the total value-added created by businesses in the EU, the implementation of greater innovation in SMEs in an effective and cost –efficient way is vital to fulfilling not only Europe’s economic objectives, but also those of a more equal and productive society with higher social and economic integration.

Find out more:

Contact person:
Joe English
Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office at Louth Country Council


RESTART Entrepreneurship

Learning from entrepreneurial experiences

RESTART aims to bridge the gap between policy statements and concrete action by facilitating a business environment that values learning from failure and by enabling VET providers to offer improved training to second-time entrepreneurs, so that they may learn from experience and initiate new ventures. Restart Entrepreneurship will make an immediate and proactive contribution to the creation of a new European approach to business failure, generating both attitudinal and behavioural change (top down and bottom up), while also making a significant improvement in the supply of training for this specific group, whose experience and potential has been under-recognised in the VET and business support community until now.

We believe by joining forces on this project will be able to leverage a much greater understanding of the needs and solutions for second time entrepreneurs than could be achieved on our own, thus producing a much more relevant, high quality, sustainable learning resource.

Find out more:

Contact person:
Padraig Gallagher
External Services Manager at Letterkenny Institute of Technology


Past projects

Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Universities


The EMCOSU programme reinforced the link between education activities and HE graduates’ employability needs and the promotion of cooperation with HE tools in particular. Current major national and international mechanisms providing indications to contribute to this aim are closely related to cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises which represents the main focus of the EMCOSU project (short for Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Universities) which addresses the following questions:

UIIN supported this project as advisory partner.

Find out more:

Contact person:
Samo Pavlin
Associate Professor. Chair for Organizational and Human Resource Management and Development, University of Ljubljana

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