Building partnerships is increasingly important in university missions in research and innovation particularly given the growing application of the “Open Innovation” model in university-business cooperation. The “Open Innovation” model can lead to opportunities for enhanced employability and entrepreneurial skills of university graduates and researchers, greater inter-sectoral mobility of staff and knowledge exchange.
EUA has developed a substantial amount of work in university-business partnerships, specifically through the EUIMA-Collaborative Research project and the Responsible Partnering Initiative. EUA has also worked extensively on collaborative doctoral education, through the FP6 DOC-CAREERS project – “From Innovative Doctoral Training to Enhanced Career Opportunities” – and through the FP7 DOC-CAREERS II project – “Promoting Collaborative Doctoral Education for Enhanced Career Opportunities”.
Drawing on the vast amount of knowledge gathered by EUA over the years, and particularly on excellent cases studies provided by more than 100 universities and businesses in the framework of the DOC-CAREERS and EUIMA projects, EUA developed the U-B Tool (Assessment Tool for University-Business Research Partnerships). The U-B Tool is an innovative online tool, addressed to universities and companies, for the self-assessment of collaborative research partnerships.