Workshop on University-Business Cooperation – Brussels 2015

brussels_5EURASHE organised a valorisation workshop titled ‘Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Higher Education Institutions‘ in Brussels (Belgium) on 26 February 2015. It is organised by EURASHE and EMCOSU. Underneath are further information on:

(Photograph: CC by-nc-sa by Claudio.Ar)

Following are EURASHE news items related to the event:

  • Presentations and Report of EURASHE-EMCOSU Workshop 20/3/2015 - On 26 February 2015, EURASHE hosted a valorisation workshop of the EMCOSU project titled ‘Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Higher Education Institutions‘. University-business cooperation (UBC) is... Read more
  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Thursday 26 February 2015

    13.00 – Welcome words by Johan Cloet, Secretary General of EURASHE

    13.10 – Evidence-based UBC development: key results from surveys and directions to move forward by Thorsten Kliewe, CEO at University Industry Innovation Network (Netherlands)

    13.45 – Key Findings of the EMCOSU project: considerations for higher education institutions and employers by Samo Pavlin, EMCOSU Coordinator, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    14.30 – Coffee break

    15.00 – Perspectives of chambers of commerce on university-business cooperation by Mieczysław Bąk, Deputy General Secretary at the Polish Chamber of Commerce (Poland)

    15.45 – Policy Implications of University-Business Cooperation in Europe: the TUNING perspective by Robert Wagenaar, General TUNING Coordinator, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

    16.30 – Round table

    17.30 – Networking event

    Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Higher Education Institutions

    brussels_5University-business cooperation (UBC) is currently one of the key strategic challenges facing higher education in Europe. It holds implications for support for graduates’ career success, international mobility, modernisation of curricula and the more practical orientation of higher education in general. In a survey among 700 enterprises and enterprise associations in several EU countries, the EMCOSU consortium sought answers to three interrelated questions:

    Which are the most relevant modes and results of cooperation?

    What determines cooperation?

    Which are the future developmental needs?

    While at the moment many countries are developing UBC policies there is still room for improvement in terms of more efficient communication, legal support and better integration of various stakeholders. Although some economic sectors, such as information and communication technology, already have a long established tradition of cooperation with universities, others are still lagging behind due to national and disciplinary limitations.

    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Robert Wagenaar - Robert Wagenaar is Director of the International Tuning Academy of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Until recently he was director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies at the Faculty of... Read more
  • Samo Pavlin - Dr. Samo Pavlin is researcher in the area of Education and Employment at the University of Ljubljana. He is also Principal of National Research programme “Sociological aspects of sustainable socio-spatial... Read more
  • Thorsten Kliewe - Thorsten Kliewe, MA is Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of the University Industry Innovation Network. At UIIN, he leads the organisation’s activities that aim to connect university and business representatives, either... Read more
  • Mieczysław Bąk - Mieczysław Bak works as CEO at the Institute for Private Enterprise and Democracy (IPED) and as Director of Advocacy Department of the Polish Chamber of Commerce. During last 25 years... Read more
  • Johan Cloet - Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Workshop location

    The workshop will be hosted by EURASHE at Ravensteingalerij 27/3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.



  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • EMCOSU - As stated in the latest Agenda on Modernisation of Europe’s HE systems, enhancing short and long term employability potential of young people has become one of the central developmental priorities... Read more
  • Following are the photographs of the event:

    EURASHE-EMCOSU Workshop on Cooperation