How innovative is your higher education institution?

Being an entrepreneurial higher education institution depends upon individuals, and innovative ways of doing things. There is no ‘unique’ approach, but a variety of ways in which HEIs behave entrepreneurially, for example, in how they manage resources and build organisational capacity, involve external stakeholders into their leadership and governance, create and nurture synergies between teaching, research and their societal engagement, as well as knowledge exchange. This also includes recognising and building on what already exists.

Now in its third year, HEInnovate has been used by 100s of institutions across Europe to assess their entrepreneurial and innovative potential.

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About HEInnovate

The European Commission and the OECD have joined forces to support higher education institutions with the creation of the self-assessment tool HEInnovate. HEInnovate facilitates the assessment of an HEI in a systematic way, opening up discussion and debate on the entrepreneurial and innovative nature of higher education institutions.

It is free, confidential and open to anyone to use. HEInnovate can be used by all types of higher education institutions. Rather than defining a single way forward, it offers self-assessment, guidance and good practice materials to take action.

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  • HEInnovate function as a very useful framework
    Flemming Bridal Rasmussen
    Director, VIA People & Strategy, VIA University College, Denmark
  • The HEInnovate questionnaire was used as basis to develop a strategy for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Business
    Professor Gideon Maas
    Director Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, Plymouth University, UK

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Thematic seminars on entrepreneurship and innovation

The Fondazione di Venezia, in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Commission, invited nine universities from Bolzano, Trento, Verona, Padova, Venice, Udine, and Trieste to participate in a series of thematic seminars on entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education. The kick-off meeting was held on 14 June 2016. Bárbara Coelho Gabriel from the University of Aveiro and member of the HEInnovate facilitators group presented the experience of using HEInnovate Tool in the University of Aveiro.

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