Engagement Readiness Monitor Project (ERM)

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can enhance their contribution to their cities, regions, and nations through calling upon the society, government and businesses to work together. Whether it is in developing future talent to power our economies, supporting employees' career development and lifelong learning, offering important discoveries to the local community, or fuelling the societal and entrepreneurial development of a region to name a few. Yet, this potential remains partially unfulfilled by the key 'knowledge creators' for the lack of a holistic overarching approach towards integrating engagement in research and educational missions of universities with the efforts being scattered across technology transfer and external engagement offices.

In order to enhance and synergise the approaches towards university-business engagement on the institutional level, we need to develop understanding of the various modes of engagement and the factor that enable engaging externally. Undoubtedly, measurement of university engagement occurs; however, it invariably focusses on quantitative outcome metrics such as patents, licenses, spin-outs and research contracts, ignoring other valid forms of engagement and the mechanisms that need to be in place for it to occur. It is high time that we stop focussing on the narrowly-defined quantitative indicators and ask ourselves the question 'What is the real extent to which universities are ready to engage and how can we enhance their readiness for these engagements to be more successful?'

The Erasmus+ funded project 'Engagement Readiness Monitor' is on the mission to answer the aforementioned question and advance the engagement between universities and businesses by developing tools to measure and scale their socially impactful cooperation. Led by University Industry Innovation Network, with international partnership comprising universities, businesses and intermediaries from The Netherlands, France, Finland, Czech Republic and Italy will investigate and enhance the factors which make HEIs more likely to engage with companies by developing an Engagement Readiness Investigation Report, a Self-Assessment Framework and a Toolkit over the course of 2 years.

For more information please contact Rositsa Röntynen, rositsa.rontynen[a]jamk.fi

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