Centres of excellence have a strong experience in the promotion of a new agenda for innovation and entrepreneurship, both of which will be the new enablers of competitiveness in Europe and essential to mobilise universities, companies, and other European actors rise to the challenge of competitiveness. These centres of knowledge are increasingly becoming consolidated and, in a time of crisis, presenting new results that have are having a concrete impact on the world.

The centres of excellence put into collaboration education, innovation, and entrepreneurship and they offer new solutions to different problems. This experience is very important for Europe and European society must be able to act as a platform for a more entrepreneurial society that is centred on new areas of knowledge and new sectors of value. It is for this reason that these innovative hubs, with their focus on high-added value clusters – like IT and Fashion – involve strong partnerships with multinationals and start-ups, as well as local authorities who have a clear plan for a new strategic partnership for the future. 

In order to promote a new set of studies that are oriented towards real added value in the market and supported by strategic knowledge and experience, a focus on innovation and knowledge as drivers of creating added value with international dissemination is the main challenge for the centres of excellence. Some of these hubs have already developed strong strategic networks of knowledge in different areas of the world such as parts of Asia and South America.

The experience of the centres of excellence must be a point of departure for the future.  The quality of the effective education must be the new competitive advantage of these intelligent universities as they must be pushed by a global idea of modernity, added value, and excellence. This is a very clear idea that suits the major challenges that our society faces and which require new answers for different questions. The act of global participation in such a demanding society is an exercise of commitment between an individual’s creativity and collective cooperation.

Practical collaboration between firms and universities, as well as hubs of innovation, is exemplified by a commitment to quality and creativity as the focus to different individual and collective ideas and solutions for integrations.

Centres of excellence can and will be an important contribution to society that must be able to understand this new era that we live in. Their contribution will be more important and critical as this message is better understood by the main stakeholders involved in the process.