Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in The Netherlands

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The higher education sector in The Netherlands offers excellent examples of what it means to be innovative and entrepreneurial, and promote entrepreneurial mind sets, entrepreneurship and knowledge exchange. Creating value from academic knowledge through innovative services, products, processes and business models that meet economic, social and environmental needs lies at the core of this strategy. The current challenge is to strenghten the anchoring of value-creation processes in education and research. This can be achieved through increased interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurial mindset development across all subject areas, incentives for effective wider world engagement of researchers and students, and growth-oriented support for startups. This report presents an in-depth analysis of the policy framework and institutional practices and provides useful guidance for policy makers and university leaders across the world. HEInnovate is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the OECD to promote the innovative and entrepreneurial higher education institution.



Enhancing the organisational capacity of higher education institutions in the Netherlands

This chapter expands on the findings of related to organisational capacity, funding, people and incentives. It provides a more in-depth discussion of the challenges faced with regard to the need to sustain valorisation and entrepreneurship through public funding, and a framework that shows how valorisation feeds into education and research, and how valorisation creates impact. It explores how regional networks can be strengthened and how to engage staff in contributing to this, and valorisation in general. The chapter presents various learning models and good practice examples.


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