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 seven 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


  • This self-assessment will help the institutions to design strategies for becoming more entrepreneurial
    Torild Nilsen Mohn
    Higher Education Coordinator, JA-YE Norway
  • 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

Latest news

Budapest, 29 November 2017: Hungarian Minister of State for Education, EC and OECD launched the new report on “Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in Hungary”

Across Europe and the wider OECD area expectations from government and society are growing that the knowledge generated by higher education institutions will have a purpose with positive impact on the economy and society. Part of this is what is often called the ‘third mission’ of higher education institutions, that is, the aim to apply and transform knowledge for economic, social and cultural value creation within the local economy, the country or on a global scale. Developing an entrepreneurial mindset amongst students and staff has become central. This combination of creativity, initiative...

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