Higher education institutions (HEIs) are more critical than ever to help societies respond to the complex challenges of our times. Recognising that these challenges require HEIs to adopt holistic innovations in teaching, research and collaboration activities, the European Commission (EC) and the OECD have developed the HEInnovate guiding framework. HEInnovate promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education and provides guidance to policy makers and HEIs that want to generate additional societal and eocnomic value. This policy brief "Advancing the Entrepreneurial University" distils the main findings and recommendations of 13 HEInnovate Country Reviews (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden) that have examined higher education system and institution, identifiying factors affecting the delivery of the entrepreneurial and innovation agenda in higher education. Looked at in the round, the country reviews provide HE leaders with peer-learning and best practices, policy makers with tested policy solutions and the European Union and the OECD with a deeper understanding of the state of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education.
The Policy Brief is part of the "SMEs and Entrepreneurship Papers" sereis, which rovides comparative evidence and analysis on SME and entrepreneurship performance and trends and on a broad range of policy areas, including SME financing, innovation, productivity, skills, internationalisation, and others.