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12 septembre 2015

Investing in Research, Innovation and Education really pays off !

Gross Value Added and Jobs created by Research Universities in Europe
In 2014, upon the proposal of the LERU Enterprise and Innovation Community, the Rectors of the LERU universities decided to embark on a new and challenging project: to quantify the combined economic value of the LERU members and, by extrapolating its results, to present an estimation of the economic contribution of research  universities in Europe. LERU commissioned the independent consultancy BiGGAR Economics to undertake a study, leading to 9 months of data gathering, individual site visits to LERU universities and data analysis. It resulted in the now publicly available report “The Economic Contribution of LERU Universities”.  The report offers telling figures about and an insightful analysis of the economic contribution of LERU universities, and research universities in general, to the European economy. Although it focuses on the economic impact, the report also acknowledges the diverse ways in which universities contribute to society and how their activities bring about wider benefits.
Through this report, LERU aims to contribute to a much needed understanding and recognition of the multidimensional and far-reaching impact of research universities. Such an acknowledgement should be accompanied by practical, European and national measures to enable the development of research universities´ activities, such as providing the appropriate framework conditions and adequate funding. More...

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