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The Knowledge Triangle Shaping the Future of Europe

Final Report Summary - K-TRIANGLE (The Knowledge Triangle Shaping the Future of Europe)

The importance of a well-functioning knowledge triangle in the form of interaction between education, research and innovation has been emphasised by EU leaders since 2006. During its Presidency of the EU, Sweden wanted to contribute to further development of the concept and realisation of the knowledge triangle. The different sides need to be better coordinated and for the impact of education entrepreneurship is a key instrument.

This was the aim of the conference. The format, the speakers and the expected outcome were extensively discussed in different forums during the preparation phase. A multitude of networks, specialists with insights to European and global trends as well as different directorates within the Commission shared their views and gave their advice to the organisation committee. An ambition to involve the younger generation was outspoken. As was the ambition to widen the attendance beyond the usual 'crowd'. By having an open registration process and using as many channels as possible to inform about the event the latter was achieved, attracting some 300 participants. The preparation process and the wide attendance paved way for insightful conference conclusions that later were used by the Swedish Presidency at a political level.

Questions raised during the conference were: What does it take to make us commit the time and energy and, hopefully, the resources and leadership to create a truly knowledge-based society? A society where the vision of a knowledge triangle is the guiding principle for the development of universities, and where the concept of the knowledge triangle includes both industry and society as a whole? What tools and actions do we need?

The conference report (Deliverable 3) provides an detailed and, hopefully, interesting overview of the presentations and discussions that took place in plenary as well as in work-shop settings. The report was sent to all participants, and displayed on the Swedish presidency website http://www.se2009.eu and on the website of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.