University-Business Forum

University-Business Cooperation - A Partnership for Modernisation and Growth

22-23 February 2018; National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Presidency summary of University-Business Forum Sofia is available here!

The University-Business Forum is part of the European Commission initiative to support closer and better cooperation between higher education and business in the EU. Established in 2008, the University Business Forum provides a unique platform for stakeholders from academia and the business sector for sharing experience and good practices, for mutual learning and inspiration. The UB Forum events have generated many new ideas, some of which have resulted in European policy initiatives, as the Knowledge Alliances under Erasmus+ and HEInnovate, a self-assessment tool developed in cooperation with the OCED for higher education institutions to assess and develop their innovative and entrepreneurial potential.

The Thematic University-Business Forum 'University - Business Cooperation – A Partnership for Modernisation and Growth' was held on 22-23 February in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event was organised in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and the Bulgarian Industrial Association as part of the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It looked at the specificities and priorities of the country and the region.

Celebrating Forum's 10th anniversary, the day and a half event brought together representatives from higher education and business as well as local, regional and public authorities. The participants discussed how modernisation and growth could be supported through more effective links and relationships between higher education institutions and business.

The Forum was structured around plenary keynote presentations, panel discussions, and three parallel breakout sessions focusing on Leadership, Management and Governance, Driving Regional Innovation and Development and Entrepreneurship Education and Development.

The input paper on the Thematic University Business Forum Sofia is now out! You can find it on our Resources page!

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