NEW STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENTS
We are on the move !
Some exciting new developments for ESMU: Our activities are being merged into EFMD (www.efmd.org). EFMD is the largest International association in the field of management development and has a network of over 800 institutional members. It reaches over 25,000 management development professionals from academia, business, public service and consultancy across 80 countries worldwide. EFMD is a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development.
EFMD is well-known worldwide for its quality improvement and accreditation portfolio which includes EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF (EFMD Deans Across Frontiers) development programmes for business schools and CLIP for corporate universities and training centres. EFMD also offers a wide range of European initiatives, projects, research and events which all promote a dynamic approach to the engagement of higher education institutions in society. Given the global presence and outreach of EFMD, the ESMU senior leadership programmes, networking and services for the higher education sector will be offered to a much wider audience.
This is an exciting new strategic development for both parties that comes at the right moment, with the launch of the new EU Framework Programmes in 2014 opening a whole range of new global opportunities to continue to promote the strategic management of universities. It helps us build further on our strong reputation and extensive expertise with EU policies and programmes in education, research and innovation.
Contact Nadine Burquel at EFMD +32 497 38 10 24
Innovation capacities for European Universities
Regional cooperation between universities, private sector companies and local governments to enhance the innovation capacities of European universities.
The EU-DRIVERS project, funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme for a period of three years (2010-2012), is designed to improve regional cooperation between universities, private sector companies and local governments in order to enhance the innovation capacities of European universities.
Universities are increasingly recognized as being drivers of the economic and social infrastructure in their region. There is growing awareness on how universities can contribute to regional innovation through collaboration with business, local and regional governments and other local actors.The Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, as well as the Modernisation agenda for Universities, has focused attention on the need to strengthen the ‘knowledge triangle’ of research, innovation and education. The EU 2020 Strategy by the European Commission highlights regional development and reinforces the focus on the need for innovation: “Knowledge is the engine for sustainable growth. In a fast-changing world, what makes the difference is education and research, innovation and creativity”.
The EU-DRIVERS project seeks to:
- create a regional innovation virtual community for exchanging good practices among all stakeholders
- find solutions for improved regional cooperation between universities, public authorities (local/regional government) and business or community organizations
- disseminate cutting-edge information on good practices for effective regional partnerships.
EU-DRIVERS is producing:
- A central place for information (references to the literature, case studies, etc.)
- New models for strategic partnerships
- Annual reports on regional innovation issues with case studies and concrete examples of implementation of the knowledge triangle at the discipline level
- Annual conferences for exchange of good practices and networking
This is achieved through:
- A Regional Innovation Virtual Community - A Community of Practice
- Pilot Regional Innovation Partnership Projects – Universities, public authorities (local/regional government) and business or community organizations.
- Leadership workshops
- Annual Reports on the latest knowledge on regional innovation issues, based on desk research, relevant literature review and example of good practices.
THE EU Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) Initiative
MODERN report, University Engagement and Regional Innovation 2011
The Third Annual Conference on Building Capacity for Collaborative Partnerships took place in Brussels on
20 September 2012