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OECD Platform for the Entrepreneurship Education Collaboration and Engagement Network - EECOLE


Entrepreneurship Education Collaboration and Engagement Network


To meet the needs of our societies, the OECD promotes new approaches to teaching, research and collaboration.

Globally, policymakers are increasingly calling on higher education institutions (HEIs) to respond to the most difficult social and economic challenges facing our societies – from digitalisation to social inequality to climate change.


Yet, HEIs are not automatic cure-alls.

To meet the needs of current society and promote innovation in all regions, HEIs need to examine whether traditional approaches to teaching, research and collaboration are effective.


EECOLE’s global network maximises the contributions that HEIs make to local economic, social, and environmental development by bringing together these partners.


>> Join the EECOLE network


Download the flyer for the EECOLE initiative here



1/ Mainstreaming access to higher quality entrepreneurship education.

EECOLE facilitates pedagogies that positively affect entrepreneurial mindsets to empower individuals vis-à-vis the future of work and society. Partners in this project will help develop the definition and the piloting of measuring tools, such as surveys and online digital tools.


2/ Promoting the place-responsiveness of HEIs to fill the gap between research and innovation.

From 2022 to 2024, the OECD will conduct a series of regional reports on the effects HEIs have on their surrounding communities and networks and how purposeful collaboration can improve these linkages.

EECOLE and its partners will develop specific regional analysis and a handbook for policymakers and higher education leaders.


3/ Supporting HEIs becoming champions of SDGs in their cities and regions.

The regional distribution of HEIs in most cities and regions, with many large cities hosting an ecosystem of diverse HEIs, makes them ideal partners for cities and regions that aim to achieve sustainable development.

Partners to this project will contribute to an international exercise to identify and develop innovative practices for HEIs to engage with their regions on the SDGs.

>> Join Measuring the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education project  >> Get involved with the Geography of Higher Education >> Get involved in Sustainability and Higher Education project


Webseries with ERIA: GoHE and COVID-19: the role of HEIs

Evaluation of the Academy for Smart Specialisation

How the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the role of HEIs vis-à-vis their ecosystems and networks

An ecosytem approach to Knowledge exchange and Collaboration their ecosystems and networks 

Expert workshop, 13-14 February 2020, Paris

HeInnovate Reviews

HEInnovate country review: Greece

HEInnovate country review: Slovenia

HEInnovate country review: Sweden HEInnovate country review: Lithuania


  • INAR The Geography of Higher Education Launch Event – February 22 and 23 2022 – Register Here - Agenda
  • INAR Can HEIs support transformational innovation within their ecosystems? - January 27 2022 - Agenda - Watch the inar - Summary Report
  • StatCan/TBS/OECD EECOLE: “How do higher education institutions promote sustainable innovation in their own communities?” - 25 October 2022 – Proceedings
  • Highlights OECD EECOLE, Cornell Tech, and University of Naples Federico II: “Higher Education Institutions and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems” – 20-21 July 2023
  • EECOLE Roundtable page here (Proceedings of Nov 2022 here – Proceedings Nov 2023 here



Ever wondered what we mean by “entrepreneurship education”?




For further information, please contact Raffaele Trapasso [email protected]



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