Policy Workshop | University-Business Cooperation

Whilst, universities and industry working in close cooperation are engines of innovation, it is PEOPLE who are the most crucial factor in transferring knowledge and innovation across institutions, mobilising resources, triggering organisational change, and making a difference in their regions. More than ever, there is a need to “span boundaries” between these institutions, which is why the Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance project “Spanning Boundaries Development Programme” was created. We aim to empower and enable university and business professionals to make a stronger contribution to regional economic and social development by providing knowledge, support and a closer engagement with each other and their environment.

In the framework of the Spanning Boundaries project, EURASHE is organising an in-person policy workshop in Brussels and online on 25 November. The workshop will look at the importance of the Spanning Boundaries profile for regional, national and European innovation ecosystems. HEIs & HEIs associations representatives, policymakers, intermediaries and other relevant stakeholders will gather to discuss the Spanning Boundaries’ skills development needs.


Nov 2022

Brussels (Belgium)

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Ravensteingalerij 27/3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (EURASHE Office)


9:30 Welcome coffee
10:00 Opening session by John Edwards, EURASHE Secretary General 
10:10 Spanning Boundaries project: what has been achieved by Balzhan Orazbayeva, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at UIIN (project coordinator)

Sustainability of the project results: interactive session on their use at a higher European level

Moderated by Marta Rodrigues, Project and Policy Officer, EURASHE

11:30 Coffee break

Panel discussion on university-business cooperation in the regional, national, and European innovation ecosystems

Moderated by John Edwards, EURASHE Secretary General

– Merel Leppens, Policy Officer at DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission

– Tomislav Pinter, Policy Analyst at DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

– Peter Czaga, Policy Officer at DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

– Iris Kimizoglu, Executive Committee Member, ESU

13:15 Networking lunch