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 RawMaterials

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 - 2017) Number of enrolled EIT-labelled Master students Number of enrolled EIT-labelled PhD students
EIT Climate-KIC 392 342 22
EIT Digital  610 637 115
EIT Health* 0 107 0
EIT InnoEnergy 735 486 150
EIT RawMaterials* 0 198 27
EIT Food As EIT Food was selected in December 2017, the education activities are under development and the revelant figures will be added at a later stage.
1 737
1 770
    Total number of EIT-labelled students enrolled in 2018-2019
2 084

*EIT Health and EIT RawMaterials were designated in December 2014. Their education activities are under development. Their first programmes were successfully awarded an EIT label in fall 2016. The first graduates from these programmes are expected in 2018.

In the context of a proposed total budget of almost EUR 2.4 billion for the EIT from 2014 to 2020, more funding will be available for EIT education activities. Therefore the EIT, through its Innovation Communities, is expected to train 5 000 Master’s students and PhD candidates in new curricula combining excellent scientific and technical content with a strong entrepreneurship component during this period.

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