EURASHE RDI Working group met to discuss the role of PHE institutions in Smart Specialisation and the strategic planning of Horizon Europe

EURASHE Working Group on Research, Development and Innovation hold a last meeting before the summer break on 14 of June 2019. For the first time, it was attended also by representatives of the industry and SMEs, following the decision of the Board to open EURASHE’s working groups to the businesses and its representatives.

Mrs Eskarne Arregui-Pabollet (Joint Research Centre, European Commission) discussed with the group members the role of the Professional Higher Education institutions in the design and implementation of Smart Specialisation strategies and new opportunities in developing skills and enhancing growth and competitiveness at regional level under the next the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

The presentation was followed by the group discussion on its contribution to the strategic planning process for Horizon Europe, the next European framework programme for Research and Innovation. Furthermore, it has been decided to create a virtual platform for exchange of information related to research, innovation and regional development which will also include information about research groups, experts and peer-reviewers and encourage more efficient exchange of information about the sector’s developments.



Mr Iskren Kirilov
Policy Advisor, EURASHE

EURASHE publishes a statement on the future of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

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.

Read the full statement here.

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