16 - 17 January 2020 | Amsterdam

The Boundary Spanners Development Programme aims to break down the engagement barriers between the universities and their regional/ national/ international business stakeholders by enabling the boundary spanning skills of the higher education faculty, staff, and leadership. The consortium is convinced that people are the most crucial factor in the transferring of knowledge and innovation across institutions, mobilising resources, triggering organisational change, and making an economic and societal impact in their regions.

The purpose of the Boundary Spanners Development Programme is to empower university faculty and leadership in enhancing the contribution of the HEIs in the regional economic and social development. The programme will be inspired by the University-Business Cooperation Ecosystem, a model founded in years of research for the European Commission and published on extensively.

The project is expected to help describe the 'boundary spanning' capacity that is deemed as a desired quality for regional innovation, and help instilling it among HE professionals as well as among SME staff, for them to be able to identify and leverage organisational networks for greater institutional and regional impact.

Ten partners from 9 different countries built a consortium, led by UIIN Amsterdam, to create and implement the project:

  • UIIN University Industry Innovation Network, The Netherlands (Lead)
  • Institut Mines Telecom Business School, France
  • Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre, FH Münster, Germany
  • Universidad de Malaga, Spain
  • Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Turkey
  • EURASHE European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, Belgium
  • Crazy Town OY, Finland
  • Momentum Marketing Services Limited, UK
  • Meath County Council, Ireland
  • Camara de Comercio E Industria Italiana Para Espana, Spain

The consortium is looking forward to span the boundaries in the field and strive for new horizons.

Balzhan Orazbayeva from UIIN and S2BMRC presenting to the consortium

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