EC Thematic Forum "Universities, Businesses & Co.: Together we can; Strategic inter-sectoral partnerships for economic and social change and growth", Rome, 2-3 October 2014


The European Commission in cooperation with the Italian Rectors' Conference organise an international forum on: “Universities, Businesses and Co: Together We Can. Strategic Inter-sectorial Partnerships for Economic and Social Change and Growth” which will take place in Rome on 2 and 3 October 2014, and is included in the official agenda of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The forum will bring together scholars and researchers representing the field of entrepreneurial education and higher education institutions; representatives of business associations and CEOs of large and small-medium companies; and relevant Italian and European institutions to discuss the need for closer and most diversified cooperation and exchange
between the academia and the business worlds.
The forum will be structured around the following themes:
  • Rethinking and opening up education: New and innovative approaches for delivering education more suitable to prepare graduates for the job market and to continuing education, upgrading and requalification of employees.  Business creation and employability: Quality education and entrepreneurial skills boost growth and competitiveness. Which transversal skills can be taught in cooperation with enterprises to strength employability, creativity and new professional paths?  
  • Strategic alliances and the creation of ecosystems: The role of the public sector, of enterprises and universities in the implementation of local smart specialization strategies for a greater impact on regional development.

In addition, the forum will host two high-level panel discussions. The first will investigate the most marketable skills of the perfect graduate able to compete in the global market and on how universities can provide the right mindset, knowledge, skills and motivation to engage in entrepreneurial activities. The second will focus on the development of a corporate culture within HE institutions and how they can engage and improve their cooperation with external stakeholders for a stronger impact on innovation and growth.

Short presentations will be given on practices of University-Business cooperation such as the Knowledge Alliances (the European Erasmus+ programme scheme that supports UB cooperation) and examples of innovative teaching delivery and programmes (industrial doctorates) and digital technologies (like MOOCs). HEInnovate, the new online self-assessment tool developed at the initiative of the EC and the OECD for HEIs looking for advice on how to become more entrepreneurial, will be also presented.

PROGRAMME AND INFORMATION For the programme, practical information and registration please visit the forum webpage at: