Towards the implementation of the third generation research university model

Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Representatives of the InnoChange project they could also discuss in person the process of increasing the entrepreneurial and innovative capacity of the partners, their steps towards a third-generation research university model, and their deeper integration into the European Higher Education Area.

The joint work of the InnoChange consortium, led by the Faculty of Informatics of Eötvös Loránd University, started in July 2021, aims to develop higher education institutions towards a third-generation research university model by increasing their innovation capacity. This is to be achieved, inter alia, by strengthening the innovation ecosystems around Central European universities and by developing the entrepreneurial skills of university students and staff. For the second time this school year, an online course bringing together the international student community of the five universities will be organized, focusing on creativity and social responsibility. In the spirit of in-depth innovation, higher education institutions have embarked on structural changes aimed at innovation management practices: university research teams have been assisted from the outset by an innovation consultant to exploit the results in business.

Dr. Balázs Hankó, The Deputy State Secretary for Higher Education of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology welcomed the partners’ efforts to develop the innovation skills of universities, emphasizing the importance of Eötvös Loránd University’s commitment to regional sharing of its previous experience in European cooperation. He pointed out that thanks to the developments of recent years, Hungarian universities have made significant progress in the world’s higher education rankings, with 11 Hungarian universities, including Eötvös Loránd University, now among the 28,000 higher education institutions in the world. The aim of the government is to further expand and strengthen this institutional circle, which is the engine of higher education. In addition to the 30 percent salary increase provided to lecturers, researchers and teachers, the largest HUF 2.7 trillion development program ever seen in higher education has been launched. This is unique in the history of Hungarian education, the deputy secretary of state emphasized.

Martin Kern, the Director of the EIT emphasized that the new EIT Higher Education Initiative aims to support the development of innovation capacity in universities so that they can contribute even more effectively to finding solutions to our global challenges. As the largest innovation ecosystem in Europe, the EIT, 8 Innovation and Knowledge Community building on its experience over the past 12 years, it is helping the Initiative’s projects to develop entrepreneurship education programs and increase their effectiveness through pan-European collaborations.

Dr. László Borhy, the Rector of Eötvös Loránd University emphasized the increased need for academic-industrial collaborations in the education-research-innovation knowledge triangle, which, in his opinion, has a long tradition at Eötvös Loránd University. He added that he considered the biggest achievement was that the university’s innovation strategy, supported by the EIT, had put the IT Faculty on a path that was already recognized as a European example.

Dr. Zoltán Horváththe professional head of the InnoChange program and the dean of the Faculty of Informatics at Eötvös Loránd University, said that the project is the key to the faculty’s vision for deep innovation, the CEEPUS network since 1998 and relies on the Heriot-Watt University Innovation Management Model to develop the innovation service system of partner universities.


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