26. What is an EIT education programme? What is the role of universities in these programmes?


One of the main added values of the EIT's unique innovation model 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 an entrepreneurial culture and attitude. Under a framework provided by the EIT, the Knowledge and Innovation Communities develop their own education programmes that have a very strong focus on the delivery of entrepreneurship and innovation skills and are tailored to the needs of the European innovation system. 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 different forms of applied innovation and entrepreneurship education depending on the needs of the sectors linked to the societal challenge.

To set these programmes apart, the EIT has introduced the EIT Label as a certificate of quality that is awarded only to excellent educational programmes. Programmes, modules and courses that have the EIT Label build on five groups of quality criteria: EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs); robust entrepreneurship education; highly integrated, innovative ‘learning-by-doing’ curricula; mobility, the European dimension and openness to the world; outreach strategy and access policy.