University-business cooperation involves two communities with marked differences in culture, values and missions. Within this line, the University-Business Forum was launched by the Commission as a European platform for dialogue between the two worlds in February 2008.
The purpose of the present Communication is:
- To take stock of what has been learned from the first year of the Forum and other relevant activities at European level about the challenges and barriers to university-business cooperation, the issues to be addressed and good practices and approaches which could be more widely used. A Commission Staff Working Document (SWD) develops this aspect of the work at greater length.
- To make proposals for the next steps in the Forum's work.
- To outline concrete follow-up actions to strengthen university-business cooperation
Reference: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - A new partnership for the modernisation of universities: the EU Forum for University Business Dialogue . COM(2009) 158 final, 2.4.2009