“Challenging conventional thinking”

The European Consortium of Innovative Universities
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ECIU is the leading international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy.

History and Membership

When our consortium was founded in 1997, our universities were the “new kids on the block”. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is in our DNA.
The name European Consortium of Innovative Universities underlines the European dimension of a selected group of entrepreneurial universities dedicated to the development of an innovative culture in their institutions, and to a catalytic role for innovation in industry and society at large.
Whilst many consortia today are innovation based, ECIU member institutions were pioneers in pursuing an innovation agenda.
In the last 17 years, ECIU has grown into a consortium with mutual trust and networking and collaboration across academic and administrative areas in all member institutions. ECIU has gained a collective wealth of experience and expertise in innovative education, research, knowledge exchange and administrative structures and practices. It offers a pool of resources e.g. in the field teaching entrepreneurship; in promoting entrepreneurship amongst students and staff and in treading new roads in the collaboration with business, industry and the public sector which provides a sound basis for the ECIU’s various activities. ECIU membership is a vehicle for maintaining a competitive edge, allowing members to learn from each other and to take forward activities that individual institutions could not pursue on their own.  Externally, the ECIU provides a collective, more powerful voice with greater impact than individual institutions engaging in European public debate on their own.

Our shared profile

The European Consortium of Innovative Universities is a network of universities who are united by a common profile, by shared beliefs and interests and mutual trust.
  • All ECIU universities have strengths in engineering and social sciences.
  • All are relatively young, either in age or spirit, and strongly committed to the encouragement of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • All have very close ties to industry and to their regions.
  • All are committed to developing unconventional forms of teaching and learning.
  • All are research intensive.
  • All wish to sustain and nurture internationally-minded staff.
  • All are determined to offer their students high quality education with international focus.
  • All experiment with new forms of management and administration.
  • All wish to play a significant role in European policy making by contributing to the Europe’s agenda for Higher Education.

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‘To keep it together takes commitment and perseverance’ 20 years ECIU

ECIU Network
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December 1, 2017
Representatives and alumni of all the twelve member universities gathered in hotel Leopold, next to the European Parliament, to raise their glasses to twenty years of international university partnerships – December 1, 2017

ECIU and UT partners in an EU project on community engagement by universities

ECIU Network
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December 1, 2017
The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and the University of Twente will take part in an European research project on improving community engagement of higher education.

ECIU Award ‘Innovation in Teaching and Learning' for University of Twente

ECIU Network
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November 30, 2017
The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) awards the University of Twente (UT) module ‘Smart ways to make smart cities smarter’ with the ECIU Team Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. – Brussels, 30 November 2017

Head of ECIU’s Brussels office visits TUT

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December 4, 2017
The ECIU Office in Brussels is headed by Olga Wessels, who promotes the interests of ECIU and its member universities at the EU level.

ECIU congrats it member DCU for hosting the 28th ICDE World Conference in November 2019.

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November 4, 2019
Dublin City University has been selected by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) to host the 2019 World Conference on Online Learning.

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‘To keep it together takes commitment and perseverance’ 20 years ECIU

ECIU Network
EVENT
December 1, 2017
Representatives and alumni of all the twelve member universities gathered in hotel Leopold, next to the European Parliament, to raise their glasses to twenty years of international university partnerships – December 1, 2017

ECIU and UT partners in an EU project on community engagement by universities

ECIU Network
EVENT
December 1, 2017
The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and the University of Twente will take part in an European research project on improving community engagement of higher education.

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Excellent Results for ECIU
in THE Ranking 2015
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Congrats to our young universities DCU, UAB, Aveiro, Linkoeping and Aalborg for the excellent results in the THE 100 Under 50 Ranking 2015! Special congrats to DCU (up 20 places on last year) and Aveiro (up 10 places on last year)
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Meet ECIU
at the EAIE Conference in Glasgow
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The University of Strathclyde would like to introduce ECIU. You are welcome at their networking event at: Technology and Innovation Centre at University of Strathclyde
September 15 | 6-8pm
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The latest Academic Positions

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Excellent Results for ECIU
in THE Ranking 2015
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Congrats to our young universities DCU, UAB, Aveiro, Linkoeping and Aalborg for the excellent results in the THE 100 Under 50 Ranking 2015! Special congrats to DCU (up 20 places on last year) and Aveiro (up 10 places on last year)
Read more
Meet ECIU
at the EAIE Conference in Glasgow
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The University of Strathclyde would like to introduce ECIU. You are welcome at their networking event at: Technology and Innovation Centre at University of Strathclyde
September 15 | 6-8pm
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Our Mission
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We have a track record in

  • being pioneers in pursuing an innovation agenda
    Read more in our Position Paper Innovation Policy
  • regional innovation systems (finding new creative ways of interacting with the region-see examples)
  • innovative teaching and learning (giving evidence to teaching development, making strong use of problem-based learning, industry learning, technology enhanced learning, design thinking concept)
    Read more in our Position Paper
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