The EIT is a unique European innovation body with an educational mission to educate a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe with an entrepreneurial mindset.
These entrepreneurs and innovators will become role models for European higher education. They become role models because the EIT delivers a unique brand of excellent and relevant educational programmes that are responsive to both business and societal demands. These programmes are focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and leadership and are based on the integration of business, education and research, the so-called 'knowledge triangle'.
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:
- The 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.
EIT Label programmes
The EIT Innovation Communities and their partners have developed their own educational programmes to address the need for excellent entrepreneurial education with a strong focus on innovation skills, keeping in mind that it is necessary to educate students to have knowledge of how to solve real-life problems. 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.
The EIT Label is awarded for a limited duration and can be renewed for educational programmes at the master and doctoral levels, with the requirement that students achieve a set of EIT OLOs in addition to the learning outcomes of their educational programmes. The EIT OLOs may be incorporated in relevant educational programmes in different ways, provided that the outcomes they lead to are comparable in terms of both quality and workload (at least 30 ETCS credits).
EIT Label Certificate
The EIT Label is awarded to an educational programme and not to individual students. Students who have successfully passed an EIT-labelled educational programme will be awarded an EIT Label Certificate, provided that the EIT OLOs are embedded in the programme. Using the modular method means that only students who have achieved the EIT OLOs obtain an EIT Label Certificate. The EIT label guarantees that students are trained in excellent programmes and improve their innovative and entrepreneurial skills.
EIT Label Handbook
To ensure and drive the quality and excellence of EIT-labelled programmes and modules, the EIT applies the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement model (EIT QALE) described in the The EIT Label Handbook.
The EIT Handbook offers guidelines and practical tools, including templates, to education coordinators, teachers and reviewers to support the planning, developing and reviewing of these programmes. Hence, although the Handbook primarily addresses reviewers in the templates, the templates can also be used as a helpful tool when starting to plan the programmes.
The EIT Label Handbook is divided into three main sections:
- The first section describes the basis for the EIT Label and the EIT QALE model, its components, logic and the two processes: awarding the EIT Label to new programmes and the follow-up reviews of ongoing programmes for the renewal (or not) of the EIT Label.
- The second section of the Handbook defines quality in higher education in the EIT context and presents and defines some important terms and concepts connected to this and to teaching for quality in the Knowledge Triangle. This second section is useful to teachers who are involved when planning a new programme and for reviewers when carrying out both labelling and follow-up reviews.
- The third section consist of templates that should be used for both labelling and reviews. References to other sections of the Handbook can be found in the templates, making it possible to start working with them without further reading.