HEInnovate is an online self-assessment tool for entrepreneurial higher education institutions. It is an initiative of the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) and the OECD LEED forum, and is supported by a panel of independent experts (the HEInnovate Facilitator/Steering Group), including a SEECEL representative.
The 5th HEInnovate Facilitator/Steering Group focused on the future of the HEinnovate tool based on the results so far. Until 2016, around 750 higher education institutions have used the HEInnovate tool (from all EU counties, as well as from other continents) and over 4000 self-assessments have been made. Key points in the discussion included:
- Whether the HEInnovate tool should be targeted primarily at proactive institutions that already identify with the entrepreneurship agenda, or whether it should be presented as a tool relevant for the strategic management each and every higher education institution.
- How to encourage institutions to move from the self-assessment phase to the follow-up action phase.
- How to improve communication about / promotion of the HEInnovate tool included via targeted communication activities, social media and through strategic partnerships (such as ministries, European bodies in the field of education, etc.)
The conclusions of the discussions were noted by Technopolis (the organisation in charge of coordinating and administering the HEInnovate tool) and will be built into planning HEInnovate’s next development phase.
SEECEL was represented at the meeting by Mr Thomas Farnell, Entrepreneurial Learning Expert.