Established in 2008, the University-Business Forum provides a unique platform for stakeholders from academia and the business sector in Europe. Serving as a common space for exchange and debate, its aim is to bridge what is almost a cultural gap between these two sectors and to highlight the advantages and shared value of sustained, closer cooperation.
This format has proved a great success in generating new ideas and pinpointing those areas for development in University-Business Cooperation at a European level. Various policy initiatives have resulted from past events including the Knowledge Alliances launched in 2011 –strategic partnerships between universities and business with an emphasis on innovation and knowledge exchange, now part of Erasmus+ –and HEInnovate; an online self-assessment tool developed in cooperation with the OCED for entrepreneurial higher education institutions looking to bring about change and improvement.
This event provides an opportunity to focus on partnerships for jobs and growth - how partnerships between universities, business and other key stakeholders, can influence a range of outcomes for the university, students, business and society as a whole. Some of the issues that will be addressed include the changing nature of the higher education institution, trends and issues in entrepreneurship education, recruitment policies and training, innovative pedagogies and the rise of social entrepreneurship and innovation in the higher education sector among others.