Thematic University Business Forum – Driving Competitiveness, Employability and Prosperity

When: 20th – 21st of November, 2014

Where: Berlin, Germany

Application Deadline: First come, first serve basis.


Cooperation between higher education and business is at the core of the modernization Agenda of Higher Education, and crucial to making higher education more responsive to the needs of society. Effective cooperation strengthens the exchange and sharing of knowledge between business and academia and stimulates innovation in both environments. This type of cooperation has resulted in a range of policies and activities designed to encourage higher education institutions to build stronger links with the business sector. Companies should be (more) involved in the design and delivery of curricula, at both undergraduate and graduate level. Higher education institutions and business partners should work together more closely to promote entrepreneurship, mobility (between business and academia) and Lifelong Learning.

This University-Business Forum, organised by the European Commission in partnership with the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), provides a unique opportunity to present and discuss common issues, to share examples of good practice and to explore the advantages and the value of sustained cooperation. This is an ideal opportunity to learn from each other, to develop understanding and the capabilities for future cooperation.