What is it?
Building closer links between business and academia can:
- encourage the exchange and sharing of knowledge;
- create long-term partnerships and opportunities;
- drive innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity.
Closer cooperation with business helps higher education institutions (HEIs) develop curricula and approaches to teaching and learning that meet the needs of both students and society.
This helps graduates to develop the right skills and mind-sets for the job market as well as for their personal life.
There are many examples of successful cooperation between academia and industry in Europe. However, the form and extent of co-operation varies considerably between different countries, HEIs and disciplines. More information is available in ‘The state of university-business cooperation in Europe’ study.
The University-Business Forum takes place in Brussels every two years since 2008 and offers a platform for networking and exchange of ideas and good practices by bringing together:
- higher education institutions
- companies (public and private)
- business associations
- public authorities
- policy makers
At the forum participants examine the current state of university-business cooperation and explore the policy initiatives and programmes needed to support it.
Thematic Forums are held on a regular basis in cooperation with Member States and address key topics at the national and regional level.