Centres of knowledge have a long history in the promotion of a new innovation and entrepreneurship agenda, both of which will be important new enablers of competitiveness in Europe. Each are essential to mobilise Europe’s universities, companies, and other actors in helping to challenge competitiveness. The experience of the centres of knowledge will also become more consolidated and, in a time of crisis, lead to the very real possibility of having new results that will in turn lead to concrete results.

When put into collaboration with education, centres of knowledge, along with innovation and entrepreneurship, offer new solutions to different problems. Their experience is critical to both the present and future of Europe as Europe must be the world’s platform for a truly entrepreneurial society that is centred on new areas of knowledge and new sectors of value. This the reason why the example of these hubs, with their focus on high-added value clusters like information and communications technology and fashion, among others, involve building strong partnerships with multinationals, start-ups, and the local authorities – all of which act as a demonstration that this sort of new strategic partnership is key to shaping Europe’s future. 

Centres of knowledge promote new sets of studies that are oriented on the real added value of companies operating on the global market and supported by the sort of strategic knowledge and experience of managers and PhD holders from top universities. The focus on innovation and knowledge as drivers for creating added value with an international dissemination is the main challenge for these centres of knowledge. Some hubs have been developing strong strategic networks of knowledge in different areas of the world, including Asia and South America. The experience of centres of knowledge must be a point of departure for the future. The quality of their effectiveness must be the new competitive advantage for Europe’s most highly-rated universities, all of which are pushed by the global concepts of modernity, added value, and excellence. This is a very clear concept that suits the main challenge that our society faces and which requires new answers for different questions. The act of global participation in such a demanding society is an exercise of commitment between individual creativity and collective cooperation.

A practical collaboration between relevant firms and universities/hubs of innovation is exemplified by their common experiences and commitment to innovation, quality, and creativity. The message emanating from alliance will be an umbrella for a different kind of individual and collective integration of ideas and solutions. The centres of knowledge will then play a committed role when it comes to global ambition and their experience is a great test for our economies and societies. Having centres of knowledge is an important contribution to a society that must be able to understand that this new era is the time to effectively address the different stakeholders of the system. The contribution of centres of knowledge will be more important and critical at this stage because this message is deeply understood by the main players that are involved in the process.