EIT Entrepreneurial Education

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 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 and scale existing ventures but also contribute to innovation in existing companies, thus becoming a source for growth and jobs in Europe.

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

For more details on the education portfolio of our Innovation Communities, visit them directly:

EIT Climate-KIC     EIT Digital    EIT Food    EIT Health    

EIT InnoEnergy    EIT Manufacturing    EIT RawMaterials    EIT Urban Mobility   

Education for Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

The 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

EIT 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.

Current number of  graduated and enrolled Master and PhD students

  Number of EIT-labelled graduates (2010-2018) Number of EIT labelled grauduates 2019 (est). Number of enrolled EIT-labelled Master Students Number of entrolled EIT-labelled PhD students
EIT Climate-KIC 498 53 313 6
EIT Digital 867 260 1 018 130
EIT Health 35 52 147 20
EIT InnoEnergy 956 205 581 134
EIT RawMaterials 23 36 347 25
TOTAL 2 379 606 2 406 315

Total number of graduates by 2019 (est):

3 033


Total number of EIT-labelled studensts entrolled in academic year 2019-2020:

2 721

As EIT Food was selected in December 2017, and EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility were selected in December 2018, their education activities are under development and the relevant figures will be added at a later stage.

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