education logo Co-operation between higher education and business is now widely recognised to have benefits for both sides. It stimulates knowledge transfer in both directions, leads to long-term partnerships that can open opportunities and improve returns and helps prepare students for future employment. Examples of successful co-operation between the two sides exist throughout Europe. However, the level of co-operation remains very unequal across countries, universities and academic disciplines and the extent to which it has influenced governance and organisational cultures in both business and higher education is so far limited.
EU Forum for University-Business Dialogue
As part of its activities to support the Member States in their efforts to modernise their higher education systems the European Commission on 2 April 2009 presented a set of measures to develop and strengthen co-operation between universities and businesses. The Commission proposes to establish the University-Business Forum, which already convened in 2008 and 2009, as a European platform for dialogue. This platform involves higher education institutions, companies, business associations, intermediaries and public authorities. It enables and stimulates them to exchange good practice, discuss common problems and work together on possible solutions.
Commission Communication "A new partnership for the modernisation of universities: the EU Forum for University Business Dialogue", COM(2009) 158 final, 2 April 2009 Français.
Citizen's Summary: The Commission's proposal in a nutshell Français.
Commission staff working document accompanying the Communication, SEC(2009) 425, 2 April 2009-04-02.
Impact Assessment, SEC(2009) 423 - Summary Français.
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