One of the main added values of the EIT is to integrate the education dimension into the innovation web, as it has often been absent from the more traditional research-business partnerships.

The EIT supports the creation of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and promotes a real change of mindset towards an entrepreneurial culture and attitude. By investing in the EIT, Europe invests in the talent of tomorrow who will not only create new start-ups but also contribute to innovation in existing companies, thus becoming a source for growth.

With this perspective, the  Innovation Communities have developed their own education programmes that have a very strong focus on the delivery of entrepreneurship and innovation skills, and that are more tailored to the needs of the European innovation system.

Innovation Communities’ higher education partners focus on developing innovative curricula that provide students, entrepreneurs and business innovators with the knowledge and skills necessary for a knowledge and entrepreneurial society. These innovative programmes are based on partnerships between different universities, companies and research centres that collaborate closely and offer double degrees, international and cross-sectorial mobility experiences, as well as applied innovation and entrepreneurship education.

  Number of EIT-labelled graduates  Number of enrolled EIT-labelled Master students Number of enrolled EIT-labelled PhD students
EIT Climate-KIC 205 288 165
EIT Digital  220 512 107
EIT InnoEnergy 351 766 136
EIT Raw Materials
As EIT Health and EIT Raw Materials were designated in December 2014, the education activities are under development and the relevant figures will be added at  a later stage
EIT Health
1 566
    Total number of EIT-labelled enrolled students
1 974

In the context of a proposed total budget of almost EUR 2.4 billion for the EIT from 2014 to 2020, more funding will be available for EIT education activities. Therefore the EIT, through its Innovation Communities, is expected to train 10 000 Master’s students and 10 000 PhD candidates in new curricula combining excellent scientific and technical content with a strong entrepreneurship component during this period.

Education for Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

education image 2The hallmark of EIT educational programmes is to not only educate students to know, but also to know what to do and how to solve real life problems, all framed within an entrepreneurial mindset.

EIT-labelled educational programmes at Master and PhD levels foster students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs. This is why EIT-specific quality criteria and EIT overarching learning outcomes are applied.


EIT-specific quality criteria for EIT-labelled degree programmes:

  • Robust entrepreneurship education
  • Highly integrated, innovative learning-by-doing curricula
  • International and cross-organisational mobility, the European Dimension and openness to the world
  • Access policy and joint outreach strategy

EIT-labelled programmes ensure that students demonstrate skills and competences in all the following areas:

  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research
  • Leadership




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