About CONNECT University
Established in 2015, CONNECT University represents the flagship of the EU Commission’s Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) that aims to:
Develop a new digital mind-set, with digital issues systematically hardwired into Commission's policies, legislation and communication
Spread knowledge about the latest digital trends
Ensure that the ongoing digital revolution retains a human element
- Ensure that digital issues become a systematic component of any policy, legislation or communication emerging from the Commission. This concerns both DG CONNECT staff but likewise staff from other DGs and European Institutions
The digital transformation helps us to redesign our economy, make our industry more competitive and find new solutions to societal challenges. The role of Digital has increased significantly, becoming part of the core priorities, and developing into not only an internal EU priority, but also one of the main vectors of the Union in its foreign relations. In the broader perspective of the European Union, Digital's valences equate with future Union competitiveness, growth and jobs, security, diplomacy and the development of a more equitable, prosperous and peaceful world. By its nature, Digital is crosscutting, as witnessed by the numerous projects DG CONNECT developed with many other DGs and Institutions.
The fast progress in technology is increasingly reshaping the future of our European society. This high speed of development requires access to reliable information in order to understand how present policy actions will ultimately have a positive impact in the longer run. CONNECT University is where disruptors from the world of technology come to discuss the Future of Digital. CONNECT University became a trademark for debates and policy advice, bringing together EU Institutions and Bodies, industry, academia, researchers to reflect on the future of digital and on the upcoming opportunities and challenges. CONNECT University's structure is flexible, aiming to accommodate the needs and agendas of its stakeholders.
With an increasing focus of the Commission on bringing the Union closer to the citizen, better communicating with citizens and other stakeholders, mainstreaming Digital in all aspects of European society, and with an increased awareness of the growth and labour changes impacting societies in Europe and around the world, CONNECT University shall endeavour to serve the expanded needs of EU Institutions pertaining to Digital, in moving from Digital-as-a-service to Digital-as-society. The future orientation of CONNECT University, in line with updated EU policies, shall place society at the centre of its interests, warping the technological universe around it.