The European Academic Network for Open Innovation (OI-Net) has been designed to promote cooperation between European higher education institutes jointly with European practitioner associations, companies, research and innovation centres for the benefit of the European economy. It aims to tune open innovation education in higher education systems and to raise standards in innovation education across Europe to ensure companies benefit from the education outcomes. This ambitious networking initiative was the largest European project on open innovation education to date and involved 51 institutions and organizations from 35 European countries. It had at least one higher educational institution per European country involved in the project (with only one exception, Luxembourg, represented by a research partner) as well as 10 other partners including public bodies, enterprises and associations, all active in the innovation management field either by teaching, researching or practicing, consulting, training.
TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS’ ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Identification of industrial needs for Open Innovation education in Europe (collecting, processing and categorizing industry needs and providing recommendations for higher education institutions for Open Innovation education development based on the European market). Comparing and developing curricula and education on Open Innovation (to raise the awareness among the European universities about the importance of Open Innovation as a subject to be integrated into the curriculum in all study programmes, at different levels).