European Consortium of Innovative Universities

In 1997, eleven European universities came together to establish the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). The consortium is a group of universities dedicated to the development of an innovative culture in their institutions, and to a catalytic role for innovation in industry and society. All have academic strengths in engineering and social science; all are relatively young, entrepreneurial, and progressive; and all have close ties to industry and to the regions in which they are situated. They are committed to developing and implementing new forms of teaching, training, and research; to developing an innovative culture within their walls; to experimenting with new forms of management and administration; and to sustaining and nurturing internationally minded staff.


The ECIU’s mission is:

  • To contribute to the development of a knowledge-based European economy, with inclusion of ECIU overseas members (Associate Partners).
  • To build on existing innovation and to enhance quality in the member institutions, in the areas of: international collaboration; teaching and learning; regional development; technology transfer; and staff and student development.
  • To develop collaborative educational programmes, by building on research and teaching strengths within the member institutions.
  • To act as an ‘agent of change’ by serving as an example of best practice and by influencing debate and policy on the future direction for European higher education.

(see ECIU Website)

Member universities

As of 2016 The ECIU has ten members and two overseas associate partners:

Associate partner universities

Organisation and activities

The ECIU Executive Board, consisting of the rector or vice rector and a local coordinator of each member institution, meets twice a year. The local coordinator is the contact person for information on activities, projects and seminars, and is informs the partner university about ECIU activities.

The activities of the consortium are organised within four core areas:

  • Improved student mobility and the ECIU Graduate School
  • Human resources development
  • Knowledge triangle
  • EU Policy

In addition to the Steering Committees, there are working groups for staff members of the member institutions.

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