Commissioner Navracsics to open University Business Forum in Brussels

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, will open the European University Business Forum in Brussels tomorrow. The theme of this 8th edition of the Forum is ‘University-Business Cooperation – Innovation and Sustainable Development’. Discussions will focus on tackling skills mismatches, the role of higher education in regional development and its importance for both innovation and tackling challenges such as sustainable development and artificial intelligence. Commissioner Navracsics said: “We must work together to find solutions to the challenges facing Europe’s society and economy. Cooperation between universities and businesses is crucial in harnessing the most precious resource we have: our people, their talents, knowledge and creativity. This approach is relevant for any kind of societal challenges – climate change, artificial intelligence, automation or skills mismatches. The European Education Area we are building is already starting to foster new kinds of cooperation, opening up new opportunities for universities and students alike.” Since 2008, the now bi-annual European University Business Forum has been bringing together representatives of academia and business as well as policy-makers from across the EU and beyond. It serves as a platform for discussion on a number of topics pertinent to higher education and the world of work with a view to improving cooperation, promoting innovation and fostering employability and economic growth in Europe.