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We lead and engage in large-scale international research initiatives focussed on fostering university-industry relationships and entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education. We undertake research activities, develop and implement training models and actively share this knowledge with our wider audience. Through our research we contribute to shaping the future of universities and their external engagement and facilitate a cultural change in the higher education landscape.
Our research areas

University-Industry-Society Engagement

Driving the “third” mission of the university and professionalising external collaboration at its core

Knowledge Transfer and Valorisation

Utilising university’s intellectual capital (research, expertise, experience) to create value for society

Engaged and Entrepreneurial Universities

Promoting a cultural change and transition towards a new generation of connected and socially relevant universities

Connected Ecosystems and Regional Development

Stimulating open innovation and knowledge networks for better economic, societal, and cultural growth in the region

Entrepreneurial/Enterprise Education

Fostering entrepreneurial thinking and acting among a wide range of learners within formal and non-formal education

Innovative Learning
and Teaching

Re-imagining the teaching practices and methods for a more engaging and effective learning experience at universities
UIIN Research Projects at a glance

5 years overview




past and ongoing
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Flagship initiatives

Spanning Boundaries

Professional development programme aimed at creating a new generation of spanning boundaries champions who break down internal and external organisational boundaries in their engagement for collaborative innovation.

State of UBC in Europe

The largest international study on university-business collaboration (UBC) yet completed that aimed to get a more profound, comprehensive and up to date understanding of the state of UBC in Europe.

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Time for University Change

Instigating and supporting HEI leadership and professional staff with strategies, instruments and resources to instigate cultural change for external engagement and entrepreneurship.

Engagement Readiness Monitor

Enhancing the readiness of universities to engage to ultimately turn them into engagement ready and subsequently engaged universities through the development of the self-assessment tool and roadmapping.

Accelerate Future HEIs

Large scale Horizon Europe initiative for developing and testing acceleration services, to drive HEI institutional transformation towards entrepreneurialism and engagement.

Valorisation Training for SSH

Increasing the capacity for valorising social sciences and humanities (SSH) research, signposting the possible options to spin-out high potential new companies and creating immediate social value, through training of SSH researchers and professional staff.

Future of Universities Thoughtbook

The Future of Universities Thoughtbook brings together perceptions from invited professionals to create a vision for the future of universities and how they could potentially impact the world and their community.

Leading international thought and practice leaders from business, higher education sector, science, policy agencies, and governments explore the topic of university engagement through an inspiring collection of thoughts, ideas and discoveries explaining how universities and their partners will shape our knowledge-driven future.

Global Edition

Australian Edition

North American Edition

Universities During Times of Crisis

We believe in taking an evidence-based approach.
Our research informs our work and enhances our impact.

As knowledge creators, we have extensive experience in the development and implementation
of large-scale research and training projects.

Other projects

Interested in collaboration? Contact us!

Alexandra Zinovyeva
Manager Research Projects

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