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Cooperation with business

Erasmus+ helps universities and enterprises to work together through various activities, including teaching, training, traineeships and joint projects.

What does it involve?

With the European economy reliant on the creation and application of knowledge, strong links between the business sector and higher education are essential. Enterprises have become increasingly involved in European education and training programmes, with positive results for both sides, leading to long-lasting partnerships.

The relevant Erasmus+ activities for cooperation with business are:

What are Knowledge Alliances?

The contribution of higher education to jobs and growth, and its international attractiveness, can be enhanced through links between education, research and innovation.

These constitute the three sides of the “knowledge triangle”, stimulating the development of entrepreneurial, creative and innovative skills in all disciplines, and promoting innovation in higher education through more interactive learning environments and increased knowledge-exchange.

What are the goals of the Knowledge Alliances?

The purpose of Knowledge Alliances is to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity by fostering innovation in higher education via balanced, two-way knowledge exchange with enterprises and across the broader socio-economic environment. They implement a coherent and comprehensive set of interconnected activities through transnational structured partnerships, involving a minimum of six organisations from at least three Programme Countries, of which there must be a minimum of two higher education institutions and a minimum of two enterprises.

Knowledge Alliances will:

  • Develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning;
  • Stimulate entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial skills of students, academics and company staff;
  • Facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.
Who can benefit?

Participating organisations can be any public or private organisation, established in a Programme Country. Organisations from Partner Countries can take part in the project as partners (though not as the coordinating applicant), so long as their involvement brings a clear added value to the project.

Higher education institutions established in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating higher education institutions in Partner Countries, but they have to accept the principles of the ECHE.

What is the duration?

Projects should last for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 years.

Video contribution

Video testimonial by Wendy Broers, Senior Lecturer of ZUYD University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands on Knowledge Alliances between enterprises and higher education to foster innovation

How to apply?

Applicants should apply by responding to the yearly call for proposals. Applications should be submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).


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