The EIT was established in 2008 to increase the EU’s ability to innovate and contribute to sustainable economic growth and competitiveness. It has pioneered the integration of education, research and innovation, and business creation (the ‘Knowledge Triangle’), with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurial talent and innovation skills.
The EIT operates through its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). As referred to in Horizon Europe, KICs are large-scale European partnerships between education, research and business organisations. There are currently eight EIT KICs that operate in the following areas: climate change, digital transformation, energy, food, health, raw materials, urban mobility and manufacturing.
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 delivers a unique brand of educational programmes at Masterand PhD levels that foster students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs.
To set these programmes apart, the EIT has introduced the EIT Label as a certificate of quality that is awarded to excellent educational programmes focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and leadership and are based on the knowledge triangle paradigm - the integration of business, education and research.
The main objective of the EIT Label Handbook is to present the key principles of the EIT Label model, as provided in the EIT Label Framework and to ensure their implementation at degree education. In this regard, this Handbook outlines the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement system (EIT-QALE) that aims to guarantee, and enhance, the quality and excellence of the EIT-labelled degree programmes.
This Handbook offers guidance and hands-on working tools for the design, development and review of the EIT-labelled degree programmes at master's and doctoral level. It is therefore an essential tool for the education coordinators, instructors and external reviewers of both. master's and doctoral degree programmes.
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