The Commission of the European Communities, Task Force Human Resources, Education, Training and Youth, has published the text of a Commission Communication to the Council and European Parliament entitled "European Higher Education/Industry Cooperation: Advanced Training for competitive advantage". This COMETT publication makes available in permanent form a Commission discussion paper complementing three memoranda issued during 1991. These were: A memorandum on Higher Education in the European Community (COM(91) 349 of 5.11.1991); A memorandum on Open and Distance Learning (COM(91) 388 of 12.11.1991); and a third Commission document entitled "Vocational Training in the European Communities in the 1990s". The communication puts the spotlight on the partnership between higher education and economic life, and aims to advance the debate in this field by examining lessons learned from many years of experience. Its objective is to bring forward suggestions on good practice in order to contribute to the debate on the role of university/industry cooperation in helping meet European training and skill requirements. Experience of higher education-industry cooperation at national level is drawn on extensively, and a synthesis of national experiences is featured. Work undertaken by the COMETT programme in transnational cooperation, involving higher education and industry in the field of advanced technology, is also central. The text, reissued by COMETT under a dureable cover, contains photographs as well as the full text of the original document.
Policy making and guidelines
9 June 1993