The ECIU consortium

The University of Stavanger is a proud member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

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ECIU is the leading international consortium of research intensive universities with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy. 

The ECIU University, part of European Commission's prestigious European Universities initiative, is now the main focus for the consortium. Read more about it here.


The ECIU’s mission is «Challenging conventional thinking». Our two main focus areas are: 

The members share a commitment to developing high quality educational practices, which promote innovation and the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning.

All partners value a strong nexus between research and teaching in order to fulfil such a vision. We strive to provide a modern, engaging and research-intensive learning environment, which builds on the diversity and collective strength of our respective institutional cultures, our approaches to teaching, and our students.

Visit the ECIU website

Creative teaching

Like UiS, the ECIU has a specific interest in seeking out creative, learning-centred and future-focused teaching approaches that foster social entrepreneurship and smart use of technology. 

In the steering committee Entrepreneurship and societal impact of research the members share best practices for entrepreneurship and interaction with the surroundings and establishing collaboration platforms for innovation and entrepreneurial activities. This steering committee is chaired by our own research director, Troels Jacobsen. 

History and mission

Founded in 1997, the ECIU is a Consortium of universities set up to share information and knowledge about good practices and the challenges that each member faces with regard to university governance and cooperation with society.

In seeks especially to share values and harmonize positions, so that it can present itself to European instances and other universities and university networks as an entity capable of accompanying and influencing the European agenda in higher education cooperation policy and regional research and development.

The activities in Brussels are coordinated by the ECIU Brussels’ Office and the Steering Committee EU Policy and Research.

Flagship projects

Important flagship programmmes within ECIU, are

Member universities (links to ECIU website):

Aalborg University
Dublin City University
Hamburg University of Technology
Kaunas University of Technology
Linköping University
Tampere University
Tecnológico de Monterrey
The University of Nottingham
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
University of Aveiro
University of Stavanger
University of Trento
University of Twente