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European Network of Innovative Higher Education Institutions (ENIHEI)

This network of higher education institutions develops collective innovative thinking on how higher education can drive innovation. It was first announced at the first European Education and Innovation Summit in June 2022.
A whiteboard poster made at a roundtable meeting on education and innovation

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The above image is a doodle created during the June 2022 roundtable on education and innovation at the first European Education and Innovation Summit. It shows the interlinking of universities, regions and the private sector throughout Europe.

This includes how universities need to link with innovation sectors, how regions form ecosystems of living labs, universities and innovation centres, how students challenge their institutions to make more partnerships and studies, and how the private sector sorts skills and works with universities.

What the ENIHEI does

The 37 members of the European Network of Higher Education Institutions (ENIHEI) make up a forum to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences on how higher education can promote an innovation culture, and enable creativity, entrepreneurship and talent. 

Its role is to

  • support the European higher education system to be up to the challenge of establishing Europe as a global leader in the next wave of innovation
  • develop ideas and offer recommendations on how to advance the innovation relevant actions
    • in the European strategy for universities (living labs, student incubators, sustainable and attractive careers, Erasmus+ traineeships, green villages, Women in STEAM Manifesto and more) 
    • under the "talent" pillar of the New European Innovation Agenda (especially the initiative to foster, attract and retain deep tech talents)
  • produce a recommendations report to be presented at the Education Summit in December 2022, which will serve as a foundation for further work by the European Commission, EU Member States and other parties

Members

The network has currently 37 members:

  • 28 members appointed by Member States
  • 9 higher education institutions nominated by the European Commission
Table listing the 37 members
Country Institution

Austria

The University of Applied Arts Vienna

Belgium

University of Mons

UCLL University of Applied Sciences

Bulgaria

Trakia University of Stara Zagora

Technical University of Gabrovo

Croatia

Zagreb University of Applied Sciences

Cyprus

University of Cyprus

Czechia

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice 

Denmark

University College South Denmark

Technical University of Denmark

Estonia

Tallinn University

Finland

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

Aalto University

France

University of Caen

Germany

RWTH Aachen University

Technical University of Munich

Greece

Democritus University of Thrace

Hungary

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

Ireland

Dublin City University

Trinity College Dublin

Italy

University of Brescia

Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Latvia

Riga Technical University

Lithuania

Vilnius TECH University

Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg

Malta

Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology

Netherlands

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Delft University of Technology

Poland

Warsaw University

Portugal

University of Aveiro

Romania

Transilvania University of Brasov

Technical University Cluj Napoca

Slovakia

Technical University of Kosice

Slovenia

University of Primorska

Spain

University of Granada

University of Salamanca (network secretariat)

Sweden

Malmö University

Why the network was established

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, announced the network at the first European Education and Innovation Summit:

 

We want Europe to possess the necessary talent pool to lead the next wave of deep tech innovation. To achieve this goal, we need to operate at elementary, secondary and university level.

The Network should come together to share ideas and learn from each other, mobilising the higher education sector and being the tip of the spear as we implement the European strategy for universities and the New European Innovation Agenda.

Higher education institutions have a unique position at the crossroads of education, research, innovation. They serve society and the economy, and play a critical role in achieving the European Education Area and the European Research Area, alongside the European Higher Education Area.

Work of the network

Meeting in Salamanca, September 2022

The network met in-person for the first time on 5-6 September 2022 in Salamanca, Spain.

Watch the video recordings of all panel presentations on the network's YouTube channel.

Education Summit, 1 December 2022

ENIHEI Report: Ten recommendations and one note on innovation in European Higher Education