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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2019
Answer given by Mr Navracsics
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003216/2019

The European Commission helps accelerate the transformation of higher education institutions to ensure their quality, inclusiveness and international competitiveness.

The new European Universities initiative under the European Education Area supported by the Erasmus+ programme aims, among other things, to provide learners with skills and competences that respond to labour market needs, including digital skills and transversal skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and teamwork(1).

European Universities will be instrumental in driving innovation ecosystems, including through engaging more deeply and systemically with businesses to co-create knowledge and to tackle the biggest challenges of our time. Students will cooperate with their peers from different countries and different disciplines to work on inquiry-based and challenge-based projects together with academics, researchers, companies of all sizes and other socioeconomic actors.

This will offer more opportunities to firms of all sizes to access to research facilities and advanced information services where available.

The Commission will also strengthen the role of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in developing entrepreneurial and innovation capacity in higher education.

The Commission proposal for a future Strategic Innovation Agenda of the EIT 2021-2027 foresees a new education action supporting higher education institutions to be more innovative and entrepreneurial in education, research and engagement with businesses in order to bridge the gap between ideas and business opportunity.

(1) COM(2017) 673 final.
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