How innovative is your higher education institution?

Is your Higher Education Institution prepared for future challenges?

Is your Higher Education Institution promoting the development of an entrepreneurial culture?

Being an entrepreneurial higher education institution depends upon individuals, and innovative ways of doing things.

HEInnovate is a self-assessment tool for Higher Education Institutions who wish to explore their innovative potential. It guides you through a process of identification, prioritisation and action planning in eight key areas. HEInnovate also diagnoses areas of strengths and weaknesses, opens up discussion and debate on the entrepreneurial / innovative nature of your institution and it allows you to compare and contrast evolution over time. You can have instant access to your results, learning materials and a pool of experts.

The European Commission and the OECD have joined forces in the development of HEInnovate. It is free, confidential and open to anyone to use. HEInnovate can be used by all types of higher education institutions. This website offers more than just an interactive tool; it also contains case studies, user stories and supporting material to help you to design solutions tailored to your needs. Read more

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Members of the expert team


  • I found this could be a very interesting tool to use when making a systematic approach to the challenging topic
    Troels Jacobsen
    Director of Research, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • 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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