Minding the gap – higher education, research and innovation in international cooperation


Together with ACA (Academic Cooperation Association), Diku (Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education) and Vluhr (Vlaamse Universiteiten en Hogescholen Raad), DAAD Brussels organised an online event on increasing synergies within and between higher education, research and innovation on 16 June 2020.

Increasing synergies within and between higher education, research and innovation is of particular relevance for higher education institutions, which deal with all three policy areas on a daily basis. On national, as well as European level, new “food for thought” is required on how to jointly approach and integrate these policy areas in the existing and forthcoming international funding programmes.

This virtual event provided a platform for discussing concrete ways for raising not only complementarity, but also deepening interrelatedness between the policies and programmes on higher education, research and innovation at institutional, national and European level. The programme highlighted national level examples where deeper integration is put into practice, as well as examples of higher education institutions and specific initiatives successfully and innovatively integrating the three dimensions of the knowledge triangle, in an international cooperation context.

For the DAAD, the head of unit “Research and Studies”, Christian Schäfer, presented the DAAD’s RISE programme and debated the question of how to bring research to students and students to research?

Building on the discussions at the online event and a close consultation process with its members, ACA published a reflection paper advocating for the role of international higher education cooperation in strengthening synergies between education, research and innovation. To the publication

ACA Event Page

Please visit the ACA event page for further information and the programme.

  • The recording is available here.
  • The presentations are available here.


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