Spanning Boundaries

EURASHE is a partner in the Spanning Boundaries project.

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Why Spanning Boundaries?

After the launch of the Europe 2020 strategy and the EU Growth Agenda, Europe has taken the path to create a more connected relationship between society, government, business and higher education institutions (HEIs) in order to increase employment, productivity and social cohesion. However, despite the strong policy support, cooperation among the key actors in Europe is still in the early stages of development, and their interaction remains insufficient. In that, the recent reports by EU Smart Specialisation Platform and JRC particularly emphasize the need for “boundary spanners” in the innovation ecosystem, individuals who have deep understanding of both business and academia. This capacity is increasingly deemed crucial among the university staff in the entrepreneurial discovery and smart specialisation processes of the HEIs, to support transfer and exchange of knowledge. The nature of the barriers that hinder regional engagement include “lack of ‘boundary spanning skills in the university” and “lack of leadership to drive change”.

How can Spanning Boundaries project bridge the gap between policy and practice?

  1. Identifying the qualities, and knowledge & skills set that describes HEI staff, faculty, and leadership as boundary spanners,
  2. Designing and pilot testing an experiential learning programme on the concept in collaboration with partner business representative organisations,
  3. Extending the reach of the programme to staff from the businesses, and
  4. Generating and disseminating replicable tools for HEIs and SMEs across Europe. This will be achieved with the experience and collaboration of a diverse group of 10 partners, made up of 4 HEIs, 3 SMEs, a chamber of commerce, a regional development agency, and a European wide network from 8 European countries.
Following are the partners/associate partners of the project:

  • Chamber of Commerce of Spain - The figure of the Chamber of Commerce was created by the Royal Decree of 9 April 1886, with the recognition of the existing associations of merchants, industrialists and shipbuilders. In 1993,... Read more
  • Crazy Town - Crazy Town builds entrepreneurial coworking communities that collaborate with universities. We have four locations in Finland with total of 200 company and organizational members. We bring together solopreneurs, micro-sized companies,... Read more
  • Institut Mines-Télécom Business School (IMTBS) - Institut Mines-Télécom Business School (IMTBS) is one of 13 graduate schools in the Institut Mines-Telecom, one of France’s major educational and research establishments. In addition to IMTBS, the Institute groups... Read more
  • Istanbul Technical University (ITU) - Founded in 1773, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) is a prominent and pioneering university of engineering and architecture with many innovative studies in science, technology, research and development. ITU, as a... Read more
  • Meath County Council (MCC) - Meath County Council (MCC) is a statutory body, tasked with delivering quality services to the communities of County Meath.  With a budget of over €50m and over 500 staff, MCC... Read more
  • Momentum - Momentum is one of Ireland’s leading innovation and entrepreneurship specialists, recognised as thought-leading strategists and educators in transformation through innovation.  Our work with HEIs, Government bodies and Regional Development Agencies,... Read more
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences - Münster University of Applied Sciences was founded on 1 August 1971 after the merger of public and private schools of construction and engineering and vocational training institutions. Back then, the... 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 Malaga (UMA) - The University of Malaga (UMA) is one of Spain’s premiere institutions of higher learning. Since its foundation back in 1972, UMA has rapidly expanded its international presence and prestige. Currently,... Read more