Since their foundation, the role of universities in society has changed over time. Their first role was to preserve the culture and knowledge. Over time, the interaction with institutions outside universities has increased considerably. The linkages between universities and industry have changed in the form and in the intensity of the interaction. Nowadays new roles are also expected from universities, besides teaching and research – in terms of relationships and entrepreneurship.
IECE, positioned as an interface between academia and industry, applies the Collaborative-Innovative (CO-IN)© Model in the services and guidance offered to universities:
- Building an innovation eco-system supporting the knowledge triangle through collaboration and strategic partnerships
- Creating platforms for innovation, knowledge exchange and networking
- Increasing the added value from education and research by creating useful knowledge
- Closing the gap between demand and offer in the labour market and bridging the valley of death