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UIIN regularly engages in large-scale projects focussed towards developing entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration in higher education. Through these projects we intend to shape the future and change the status-quo of university-industry interaction in Europe and beyond. UIIN is also regularly involved as partner to disseminate knowledge and work towards a sustainable model to allow for exploitation of the project results. Below you can find a selected overview of our current and past projects.

Spanning Boundaries

With university-industry interaction being an engine of regional development and innovation, the focus on individuals is ever more critical as it is the front line staff who not only facilitates, but also activates cooperation between business and universities. More than ever, there is a need for spanning boundaries between and within organisations.

With the Spanning Boundaries project, co-funded by Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance programme, we aim to create a new generation of spanning boundaries champions who break down internal and external organisational boundaries in their engagement for collaborative innovation. Led by UIIN, the project consortium does so by designing a learning framework and educational materials as well as delivering innovative training for university and business stakeholders.

The State of University-Business Cooperation in Europe

The project The State of University-Business Cooperation in Europe,  conducted for the DG Education and Culture, European Commission, is the largest international study on university-business collaboration yet completed. We aimed to get a more profound, comprehensive and up to date understanding of the state of university-business cooperation (UBC) in Europe, from the perspective of both universities and business.

The main components of the project include a series of expert interviews with 23 recognised UBC experts, 52 good practice case studies, a major policy and indicator review as well as a major quantitative survey of stakeholders within both universities and business, with a final sample population of 17,410 representatives from within universities (14,318 responses including 2,285 HEI managers, 10,836 academics and 1,197 knowledge transfer professionals) and business (3,113 responses).


With the University-City Action Lab (UCITYLAB) project, we aim to promote the engagement of universities with their immediate environment and strengthen their potential to act as key actors in fostering dialogue among regional stakeholders to initiate and sustain joint actions towards creation of smart and sustainable cities.

To provide universities with resources and tools, we have produced the report on the status quo of University-City Collaboration, a collection of 25 Good Practices in University-City collaboration across Europe, as well as a practical UCITYLAB Network Roadmap to help guide the process of establishing fruitful local collaborations. Additionally, the project consortium realises its aims through hands-on challenge-based learning activities fueled by the city challenges in European cities including Paris, Barcelona, Porto and Ljubljana.

Further projects

The RESTART+ Communities project helps re-activate local communities in need by connecting leadership of voluntary and community sector as well as local public authorities with universities and vocational education institutions for expertise and knowledge exchange and mutual learning.

The Partnership for Initial Entrepreneurship Teacher Education | PIETE project contributes to a new generation of entrepreneurial teachers in Europe, by developing regional tandem constellations of experts from initial teacher education institutions and entrepreneurship education professionals.

In the Integrating Work-Based learning and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education | WEXHE project, enterprises, associations and universities work together to optimize and innovate the provision of work experience and entrepreneurship in higher education in Europe.

The Creativity Through Game-Based Learning at Higher Education | UNLOCK project aims to equip higher education stakeholders to design, set and facilitate game-based learning methodologies, and specifically escape room games, to foster students’ creative, entrepreneurial and transversal skills.

The DataSET project contributes to the development of the data-literate society for a more sustainable economic growth and stronger entrepreneurship in Europe, equipping vocational education providers, business advisors and entrepreneurship educators with relevant data skills.

The ARDENT Project aims at improving the lifelong learning opportunities for adult learners in rural communities to inspire their transition from job seekers to job creators by helping people in those areas to develop entrepreneurial skills.
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