The state of university-business cooperation in Europe
Final report - Study
This report presents the findings of the project ‘The State of University-Business Cooperation in Europe’. The project has been conducted during 2016 and 2017 by a consortium led by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre, Germany for the DG Education and Culture, European Commission. The aim of the project was to get a more profound, comprehensive and up to date understanding of the state of University- Business Cooperation (UBC) in Europe, from the perspective of both the higher education institutions (HEIs) and the business sector. The project explored the state of play of UBC in... different countries, examining the form and extent of main drivers and barriers for the different stakeholders, regulatory frameworks and the type and extent of existing measures supporting UBC at a national level. The main components of the project were a series of expert interviews with 23 recognised UBC experts, 52 good practise case studies, a major policy and indicator review as well as a major quantitative survey of stakeholders within both HEIs and business. The survey was translated into 25 languages and sent to all registered European HEIs (numbering over 3,000), and over 22,000 contacts (CEOs, managers responsible for UBC, innovation, recruitment and HR) in over 16,000 businesses in 33 countries during October-November 2016. Through this, a final sample population of 17,410 representatives from within HEIs (14,318 responses including 2,285 HEI Managers, 10,836 Academics and 1,197 Knowledge Transfer Professionals) and business (3,113 responses) was achieved making it the largest international study into cooperation between HEIs and business yet completed.