ECIU updates 14.12.2017

ECIU and the University of Twente will take part in an European research project on improving community engagement of higher education. The project will receive funding (€ 500,000) from the Erasmus+ programme, an EU funding scheme supporting education, training, youth and sport.

The consortium for the collaborative project ‘Towards a European framework for community engagement of higher education’ (TEFCE) consists of 13 partners from across Europe, and is coordinated by the Technical University of Dresden.

In line with the vision of the ECIU, the TEFCE project aims to contribute to social innovation by improving the level of community engagement undertaken by higher educational institutions. The project strives to promote social innovation through a knowledge triangle comprised of education, research and innovation.

The project will be part of the ECIU Steering Committee Entrepreneurship and Societal Impact of Research (ESIR) and benefit from the experience of the institutional experts of that committee.

The University of Twente (UT) will act as a project partner and a pilot institution. A researcher from the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), a worldwide leading education policy research institute at the UT, will participate in the project’s Expert Team. Professor Paul Benneworth, senior researcher at CHEPS, will work on developing a proposal for an innovative toolbox on community engagement by merging existing research, policy and practice.

For further questions please contact Dr. Paul Benneworth (

Sist oppdatert av Shizuka Kamata Sydnes (14.12.2017)

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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