UBC – State of European University-Business Cooperation

EURASHE is a partner in the UBC project on the State of European University-Business Cooperation.

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Background to the study

With Europe being threatened by increased global competition, ongoing economic issues and regions with high levels of unemployment, there is an urgent need to create a more sustainable, adaptable and responsive European market. Through the creation of the Horizon 2020, the European Union’s (EU) growth strategy for this decade and the higher education modernisation agenda, Europe is embracing the need to create a more connected and functioning relationship between government, business and HEIs in order to increase employment, productivity and social cohesion.


Why this study?

  • The understanding of UBC needs to be broadened and promoted,
  • Greater understanding of the national UBC ecosystem is required,
  • There are no review of UBC policies including European and national ones,
  • There are no holistic studies on European UBC incorporating both the business and HEI perspectives,
  • The information about UBC from the HEI perspective is scarce and mostly coming from the 2011 DG EAC study,
  • The information about HEI from the business perspective is very limited,
  • The perspective of European SMEs, non-elite universities and social science and humanities needs more attention,
  • Greater understanding is needed of the existence and use of UBC monitoring and measurement systems.


The aim

To get a more profound, comprehensive and up to date understanding of the state of UBC in Europe, from the perspective of both the HEIs and the business sector – what is the state of play of UBC in the different countries, what are the main drivers and barriers for the different stakeholders and at what levels; understanding the regulatory framework and socioeconomic conditions and what kind of measures/initiatives exist on a regional/national level to support the development of UBC.

Following are EURASHE news items related to the project:

  • EURASHE 2017 work programme 30/11/2016 - In 2017 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2017 work programme comprises: Mission of professional higher education Our 27th Annual Conference organised on 30-31 March in Le Havre (France)... Read more
  • European study into University-Business Cooperation – Opinions sought 3/10/2016 - Due to its potential for positive impact on business innovation and skills as well as higher education engagement and student employability, the European Commission has commissioned a wide-ranging study on... Read more
  • Call for Good Practice Case Studies > State of European University-Business Cooperation 18/3/2016 -   As part of the ‘State of European University-Business Cooperation’ study we are inviting organisations involved with university-business cooperation (UBC)* including businesses, academics, higher education institutions, universities, intermediaries and policy makers to suggest... Read more
  • More to come soon…


    Following are events related to the project:

    Thematic University-Business Forum
    Vis (Croatia), 19 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017, n/a
    UBC Case Study Meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 10 Jun 2016, Marko Grdošić
    UBC kick-off meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 4 Feb 2016,
    Following are the partners of the project:

  • EUROCHAMBRES - Established in 1958 as a direct response to the creation of the European Economic Community, EUROCHAMBRES acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the business community at EU level.... Read more
  • 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
  • INGENIO - INGENIO [CSIC-UPV] is a joint research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). Our activities encompass: Research on science and innovation: the emergence and evolution of technology, the organizational processes... Read more
  • Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre (S2BMRC) - The S2BMRC is an integral part of the Faculty of Business Administration at Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Acting globally, the S2BMRC is a world leading centre dedicated to interactions... Read more
  • Technopolis Group Limited (TECHNO) - Technopolis Group is the pre-eminent provider of policy advice and support to decision making – grounded in evidence and experience – to organisations and people with a mission to address... Read more
  • University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) - The University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) is a vibrant network of academics, practitioners and business professionals passionate about advancing university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. UIIN’s 200+ members from more than 25 countries include Higher... Read more
  • University of Ljubljana - University of Ljubljana is an institution with a very rich tradition. It was established in 1919 on the foundations of a long-established pedagogical tradition. It is a very large university,... Read more

    Following are some of the experts involved in the project:

  • Victoria Galán-Muros - Dr. Victoria Galán-Muros is an active professional with international experience in the areas of university-business cooperation, higher education and innovation from different perspectives. As a senior consultant, currently an associate... Read more