Both higher education institutions and businesses benefit from working together; cooperation encourages the transfer and sharing of knowledge, helps to create long-term partnerships and opportunities whilst boosting students' future employment prospects.
If Europe wants to lead by example in the fields of innovation and enterprise it must improve the dialogue between the Education sector and the market-place. The key to this is cooperation between Higher Education and business in order to shape the curricula and skills required for success.
There are many examples of successful co-operation between academia and industry throughout Europe. However, the level of co-operation varies considerably between different countries, universities and academic disciplines.
A new project to develop cross-European partnerships and create new multi-disciplinary curricula to promote entrepreneurship within education as well as developing other transferrable skills that will meet the needs of the job market and develop Europe's greatest resource; its human capital.
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Since 2008, the annual University-Business Forum brings higher education institutions, companies, business associations, intermediaries and public authorities together; providing them with a space in which to interact, exchange information on good practice, discuss common problems and build closer working relationships in an effort to modernise higher education with a view to meeting the real-world needs of the European job-market.
For any comments or questions on the platform's work, please contact University-Business-Cooperation@ec.europa.eu.