Universities have been stimulating economic growth through industry-relevant research, technology commercialization and talent development for decades. However, recent research has shown that universities work only in a limited extent on supporting the transition from extractive to regenerative economy.
In order to halt climate change and reverse biodiversity loss, Europe needs to boost the efficient use of resources by aiming beyond circularity and moving to a regenerative economy.
The ambition of the re:gen-u is to develop a programme that accelerates the development of regenerative solutions and entrepreneurial projects by involving universities and engaging with business, government and society.
We exist to support the regenerative economy and nature-based solutions, centring ecological, financial, and human resources. We do this through promoting entrepreneurial activities to foster greater collaboration between university, business, government and civil society.
Who does re:gen-u impact?
will gain valuable entrepreneurship skills in sustainability for the green transition which they can utilize in their future careers and concurrently increase their chances of employability.
HEIs and VET
Providers (outside the consortium) can improve their content and curriculum to support their students in a systemic transition to the regenerative green economy and their continuous professional development.
Regional policy makers
will grasp what the transition from the extractive model towards a regenerative model of economy entails and make better informed decisions to support the transition through innovations in education and training systems.
at participating academic’s HEI will get an opportunity to transform their curriculums and integrate regenerative economic solutions by participating in the programme as facilitators and mentors, which in turn can further inform their teaching practice and research, as well as improve their individual university-business collaboration opportunities.
will benefit from regional cooperation with HEIs through better understanding of each other’s capabilities and needs to address the challenges of the transition with better efficiency.