Blog for the third mission

There are several commonly accepted ranking systems for the First and Second Missions, which provide indicators to measure excellence in Higher Education Institutions around the world. Rankings improve quality assurance by allowing the institutions to understand their own performance, develop best practices, and provide effective and efficient value to society. They also provide quality indicators to governments, society and industry. However, there are no commonly agreed indicators or methodologies to assess quality in Third Mission activities.

This project will develop such indicators, promoting excellence in Third Mission activities, and encouraging Higher Education Institutions to share best practices across Europe.

Monday, 22 February 2010

EU-Drivers Call for expression

The EU-DRIVERS is a three year EU-funded Structural Network project (2010-2012) under the Lifelong Learning Programme (ERASMUS) seeking to:
  • create a regional innovation virtual community for exchanging good practices among all stakeholders
  • find solutions for improved regional cooperation between universities, private-sector companies and regional governments
  • disseminate cutting-edge information on good practices for effective regional partnerships.
 EU-DRIVERS will produce:
  • A central place for information (literature, examples, etc.)
  • New models for strategic partnerships
  • Annual reports on regional innovation issues with case studies and concrete examples of implementation of the knowledge triangle at the discipline level
  • Annual conferences for exchange of good practices and networking
 This will be achieved through:
- A Regional Innovation Virtual Community - A Community of Practice
- Ten Pilot Regional Innovation Partnership Projects – Universities, private companies and regional governments.
- Four Two-day leadership workshops
- Three Annual Reports on the latest knowledge on regional innovation issues, based on desk research, relevant literature review and example of good practices.
- Three Conferences on Regional innovation
The call for expression for the pilots is already online on
Deadline is the 31 of March 2010!!

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