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University Business Cooperation

Closer cooperation with business helps higher education institutions (HEIs) to develop curricula and approaches to teaching and learning that meet the needs of both students and society.

Why have closer cooperation between universities and business?

Building closer links between business and academia can:

  • encourage the exchange and sharing of knowledge

  • create long-term partnerships and opportunities

  • drive innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity

Closer cooperation between universities and business can also help graduates to acquire the right skills and mindsets required on the job market, as well as for their own personal development. 

There are many examples of successful cooperation between academia and industry in Europe. However, the form and extent of this cooperation varies considerably between different countries, higher education institutions and academic disciplines. More information is available in the Commission study the state of university-business cooperation in Europe.

University-Business Forum

The University-Business Forum has taken place in Brussels every two years since 2008 and offers a platform for networking, the exchange of ideas and good practices by bringing together:

  • higher education institutions

  • companies

  • business associations

  • public authorities

  • policymakers

At the forum, participants examine the current state of university-business cooperation and explore the policy initiatives and programmes required to support it. 

In cooperation with EU Member States, thematic forums are held on a regular basis and address key topics at the national and regional level.


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