In view of the forthcoming revision of the Regulation establishing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the adoption of its Strategic Innovation Agenda for the period 2021 – 2027, EURASHE expresses its support to the EIT’s efforts to integrate the knowledge triangle of higher education, research and innovation and, thus, to reinforce the Union’s innovation capacity and address societal challenges. Although certain progress has been made since the creation of the EIT, much more needs to be done to bring more concrete results and tangible benefits in the future.
In this context, the EURASHE calls for more and better opportunities for involvement of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in the existing and forthcoming Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). This call is motivated by the proven capacity the UAS have to connect with the real economy, in particular the SMEs, and the society. The close cooperation between UAS and companies is not only evident in their applied RTI-profile, but also in the profile of their researchers. Besides their specific scientific competences they also have the necessary practical experience in the respective professional fields, and the ability to adopt the entrepreneurial perspective and to convey this perspective to their students. In many places new business centres and SMEs’ incubators have been established, as well as office facilities and other services for students finding new businesses.
The EIT’s support and attention to the UAS will, therefore, have a multiplier effect on all components of the knowledge triangle. EURASHE is at the disposal of the EIT and the European Commission to facilitate the participation and the engagement of the UAS in the EIT’s activities, which at present are underrepresented.
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