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294 Institutions Join EIT Higher Education Initiative to Strengthen Innovation Potential of Higher Education Institutions in EU

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) announced on June 30, that with 30 participants the 26 winning consortia were selected to participate in the second round of the EIT HEI Initiative.

In a statement issued on the same day, the European Commission stressed that 294 organizations from 38 countries would receive up to €31.2 million in total as a part of the initiative, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to the EU Commission, they will join a network of over 270 organizations dedicated to strengthening their innovative and entrepreneurial capacity.

 Joining a network of over 270 organizations, the selected partners will be the second group to participate in the EIT HEI Initiative, which is designed to support educational institutions with expertise, funding, and access to the EIT innovation ecosystem.

Since 2021, the EIT flagship program has helped HEIs develop and implement action plans to improve their entrepreneurial and innovative capacity at all institutional levels.

“Over the past year, the EIT HEI Initiative has built great momentum to make higher education institutions more innovative and entrepreneurial by linking them with businesses and research centres. 294 other organizations will benefit from the expertise, coaching, and knowledge exchange. This support will help them build local innovation ecosystems and achieve real institutional change,” European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth Mariya Gabriel pointed out.

As for the second call under the HEI EIT Initiative, which closed in March 2022, it attracted 56 applications involving over 680 organizations from all over Europe. In addition, 26 projects were selected, with 147 HEIs and 147 non-academic organizations (companies, research centres, public authorities, and associations).

The composition of the winning consortia has the potential to deliver on the important goal of creating strong collaborations between industry and HEIs to boost innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe,” the statement reads.

The HEI EIT initiative aims to reach 550 higher education institutions by 2027 to promote innovation in the higher education sector and support the twin transition towards a more sustainable, digital, and competitive Europe.

In this regard, the Chair of the EIT Governing Board, Gioia Ghezzi, noted that Higher Education institutions house and nurture many talents, skills, and potential. According to her, it is high time that more of their research and ideas are transformed into innovations.

She also emphasized that IET is ready to support HEIs with the tools needed to rethink old ways of working and create new opportunities. Ghezzi also welcomed the new projects and partners, adding that he is looking forward to seeing how the boundaries of what is possible can be pushed.

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