European Institute of Innovation and Technology

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The European Institute of Technology (EIT) is a proposal adopted on 22 February 2006 by the European Commission to the European Council intended to be a new flagship research university for excellence in higher education, research and innovation. The initial concept for an European Institute of Technology was based on the example of the Cambridge-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its combination of world class education, research, and deep engagement in effective innovation processes.

In its proposal for an EIT the European Commission put forward a two-level structure which combines both a bottom-up and a top-down approach:

  • A governance structure which is based on a Governing Board (GB).
  • Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

It appears that there is already an institution of this name headquartered in Rimini, Italy and San Marino. [1]

Main candidate city is Wrocław (Poland) supported by Berlin, Prague, Leipzig and Dresden, other candidates: Strasbourg (France), Aachen (Germany) and Budapest (Hungary).

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Reports in The Guardian

Reports in EurActiv