10 criteria to maximise impact of European universities


The ECIU has clear ideas on how to maximise academia's impact on society. Today the consortium submitted its position paper about European university networks.

UiS is one of 12 members of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). The consortium today released the following position paper:

10 criteria to maximise the impact of European Universities Networks

Download the position paper here

Europe needs universities that dare to truly and continuously innovate education and maximise their societal impact. European Universities Networks offer an important opportunity to catalyse educational innovations, such as student-centred learning, flexible education and European curricula.

The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) supports the development of ambitious European Universities Networks by sharing ten criteria, including five ideas for activities to be funded.

The development of several European Networks of Universities offers an excellent opportunity to realise a strong European Education Area. European Universities Networks can help maximise the impact of Europe’s educational investments and stay internationally competitive in an ever faster developing world.

To enable the acceleration of new educational developments, European Universities Networks need to be ambitious. Safe surroundings where bold ideas are shared and tested in different contexts and cultures will move educational innovations to the centre of practice.

Furthermore, the networks need to be open to the surrounding communities and involve all parties of the knowledge triangle, to maximise their impact on society. European Universities Networks must invest in integrated education, research and innovation activities. To realise this, it is crucial that EU education, research and innovation funding is combined, so that there is one call for all activities.

The ideal number of partners can differ per network and activity. Although it is important that the number of partners in a network is manageable, this cannot be predefined by a specific number. The amount of twelve like-minded member universities has worked very well for the ECIU over the last twenty years. Based on the experience of this closely-knit network, ECIU is happy to share its position on European Universities Networks.

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Sist oppdatert av Leiv Gunnar Lie (27.04.2018)

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European Consortium of Innovative Universities

The ECIU is a consortium of research universities established in 1997. Today the foundation has eleven European members and a associate partner in Mexico. The University of Stavanger became a member of the consortium in 2012.

Contact information and steering groups:

Board Member
Marit Boyesen, Rector

Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Dag Husebø, Prorector

Entrepreneurship and Societal Impact of Research
Troels Jacobsen, Director of Innovation and Research

EU policy
Kyrre Aas, Senior Advisor, FIA

Local coordinator
Bjarte Hoem, Head of International Office