European University/Business Forum 22-23 March 2011
Europe 2020, Europe's strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth sets the direction to go for the next ten years. The seven flagship initiatives are the operational arms of the strategy; they should help to make concrete progress towards the implementation of the strategy. The cooperation between higher education and the world of work has a key role to play and contributes to several of the flagship initiatives, in particular to three of them: Youth on the Move; Innovation Union; Agenda for new Skills and Jobs. University-Business Cooperation is also a major factor for regional development as underlined in the “Smart Specialisation Agenda for Regions”.
This forum should help to demonstrate the value and potential of University-Business Cooperation towards the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. The discussions and debates should lead to concrete proposals for the next generation of EU programmes and provide valuable input to the upcoming Communication on the Modernisation of Higher Education.