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Further to a first Communication on the European Institute of Technology (EIT) adopted on February 22, 2006, the March 2006 European Council recognised that the European Institute of Technology will be an important step to fill the existing gap between higher education, research and innovation, and invited the Commission to submit by mid June 2006 a proposal on further steps to undertake.
Following the European Council, the Commission has reflected further on the concept launching an extensive consultation with member states and European stake holders. During this consultation process, various stakeholders highlighted the possible confusion of the name of the future institute with current organisations and the need to definitively emphasize its innovative character. The Commission has retained EIT as the name for the moment but will return to this issue in its final proposal. Further, general agreement has emerged on the Commission's background analysis of gaps and needs as well as the need for a concerted effort to harness Europe's capacity in the knowledge triangle of education, research and innovation to improve its competitiveness. The EIT should be seen as one part of an integrated strategy to mobilise education, research and innovation towards the Lisbon goals. In this context the EIT should not be merely a new operator in education, research and innovation, but a reference model, embodying the knowledge triangle at the European level.
The consultation brought into focus a number of specific issues that are addressed in this Communication. These relate to the proposed structure and functioning of the EIT; the nature and the role of the Governing Board; the functioning of the Knowledge Communities; the status of EIT staff and their relationship to home institutions; the incentives for partners to participate in the EIT; the role of the business world; the degrees it might issue; its relation to current and future EU initiatives.

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Record Number: 8105 / Last updated on: 2006-09-08
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