27. Are there templates for KIC PhD programmes? How will a KIC grant a PhD programme?


There is no specific template, the EIT model is based on a high level of flexibility and autonomy. The EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities and their education partners are rather flexible in how they develop and design their own educational programmes to address the need for excellent entrepreneurial education with a strong focus on innovation skills. A KIC does not grant any programme as such, but Masters as well as doctoral programmes are developed by consortia of the KIC’s academic (and non-academic) partners. In these programmes, specialist knowledge is combined with skills that foster innovation and entrepreneurship through education and training. The programmes are based on partnerships between different higher education institutions, companies, research centres and public bodies who collaborate closely to offer a unique learning experience. Alignment with the EIT model is ensured through the EIT Label which sets concrete requirements that these programmes should follow.