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Since 2012, UIIN is committed to enhancing employability and driving innovation through university-industry engagement. We are a knowledge leader on university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and are dedicated to the future of higher education institutions and their impact on society. We conduct research, organize events and provide training and consultancy services to our community of 100+ organizational and 500+ individual members.

Through our research projects for national and international governments we actively advance the field of university-industry interaction. This in depth understanding from the field is the foundation of our consultancy projects for university, industry and government to concrete actions and recommendations. Similarly our training for academics, industry and higher education professionals and leadership to enables them to enhance their university-industry engagement and change their organisations. Finally, at our events and our online platform we facilitate sharing knowledge, networking with peers and enable stakeholders across the globe to form new relationships.


We envision a world where higher education institutions will be the anchor institutions of our knowledge society and play a central role in knowledge generation, contribution and distribution. Universities will be at the forefront of innovation and teaching.


Enabling higher education and industry to be more engaged in terms of education and research to enhance innovation and societal and commercial growth, and improve the employability of students, upgrade skills of current employees and support entrepreneurs.

Meet the UIIN Team

Our team is passionate about exploring the future of higher education, the role of universities going forward and ensuring their education and research activities are tailored to driving innovation.

Arno Meerman
CEO & Founder

Dr. Balzhan Orazbayeva
Manager Strategic Initiatives

Alexandra Zinovyeva
Manager EU Projects

Elif Celik
Business Developer

Elena Galan Muros
Graphic Designer

Vanity Wilson
Organizational Superhero

Jose Villagran Polo
Junior Project Officer

Hacer Tercanli

Meet our Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Thomas Baaken
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Jochen Barth
Organisational Change

A/Prof. Dr. Todd Davey
New Ventures

Dr. Cameron McCoy
US Affairs

Dr. Victoria Galan Muros
LATAM Affairs

Prof. Dr. Carolin Plewa
Australian Affairs

Dr. Sanae Okamoto
Asian Affairs

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