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Ten criteria to maximise the impact of European Universities networks

Europe needs universities that dare to truly and continuously innovate education and maximise their societal impact. European Universities Networks offer an important opportunity to catalyse educational innovations, such as student-centred learning, flexible education and European curricula.

The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), of which Nottingham is a member, supports the development of ambitious European Universities Networks by sharing ten criteria, including five ideas for activities to be funded.

The criteria includes:

Ambition, knowledge triangle, mutual trust, openness to surrounding communities, openness to the world. open governance structure, no number fits all, commitment on different university levels, commitment from the member states and integrated education, research and innovation actvities.

The development of several European Networks of Universities offers an excellent opportunity to realise a strong European Education Area. European Universities Networks can help maximise the impact of Europe’s educational investments and stay internationally competitive in an ever faster developing world.

To enable the acceleration of new educational developments, European Universities Networks need to be ambitious. Safe surroundings where bold ideas are shared and tested in different contexts and cultures will move educational innovations to the centre of practice.

Furthermore, the networks need to be open to the surrounding communities and involve all parties of the knowledge triangle, to maximise their impact on society. European Universities Networks must invest in integrated education, research and innovation activities. To realise this, it is crucial that EU education, research and innovation funding is combined, so that there is one call for all activities.

The ideal number of partners can differ per network and activity. Although it is important that the number of partners in a network is manageable, this cannot be predefined by a specific number. Read the full report.

Posted on Wednesday 9th May 2018

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