ACEEU (Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities) is an international quality assurance body dedicated to advancing higher education by supporting universities in their transformation process towards greater innovation, entrepreneurship and engagement. Aiming to promote the creation of greater social, economic and cultural impact through higher education institutions, ACEEU accredits universities around the world in its two main accreditation programs: Entrepreneurial University Accreditation and Engaged University Accreditation. Having successfully accredited institutions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia, with more than 20 additional institutions in the process, the Council is currently designing departmental accreditation and program-level accreditation on 21st Century Skills. Aiming to create a pathway towards recognised excellence in entrepreneurship and engagement for universities, ACEEU’s activities are clustered around three main steps:
- evaluating, and
- celebrating excellence.
– Promoting excellence (e.g. workshops and webinars; ACEEU Toolbox development with 100+ tools and Good Practice database
with 300+ cases; studies to generate data serving for university development)
– Evaluating excellence (our accreditation programmes)
– Celebrating excellence (e.g. hosting the ACEEU’s Triple E Awards on Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence in Higher Education; operating The Global League of Entrepreneurial Universities platform showcasing leading universities; disseminating information on entrepreneurial and engagement development in higher education).
Founded in 2016 as part of the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ACEEU spun out of UIIN in 2019 to form an independent organization, and moved its headquarters to Muenster in Germany.
ACEEU has 6 staff members and is backed by a 35+ person strong Council comprised of international experts.
Role of ACEEU in the Project:
In MOOW CODE project, ACEEU will be the leader for Quality Assurance and Impact, and the leader for the development of a MOOW Online Platform (PR2). Besides, it will support other partners in the development of a MOOW Framework, University Staff Training Pack and other tasks. Through the accreditation procedures, ACEEU generates a deep understanding of the internal quality assurance practices (methods and techniques) in higher education institutions. ACEEU will bring this unique knowledge as well as its wide-ranging network into the project to ensure that latest quality assurance methods and techniques are covered. ACEEU is more than just an accreditation agency. Rather, it is a reference point for entrepreneurship and engaged universities and a facilitator of innovative practices in higher education. ACEEU key staff has experience working in a number of Erasmus+ projects, mainly as quality assurance or output development experts. As a network of educators, experts and practitioners, ACEEU is regularly invited to give seminars and workshops on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, engagement and third mission in universities and at higher education conferences throughout the world. ACEEU has also developed practical tools (Online Self-assessment, Entrepreneurship Canvas, Entrepreneurship Cards) which universities can use in staff training and in internal decision making. At the moment, ACEEU is working on an online platform which will showcase best practices of entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education accompanied by specific step-by-step recommendations for implementation and improvement. ACEEU is also working on the 21-century skills and SDG agendas as part of its broader mission of advancing innovation, entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education, as well as a digital accelerator for university leaders and managers. Key persons involved in the project:
PROFESSOR THORSTEN KLIEWE Prof. Dr. Thorsten Kliewe is founder and chair of ACEEU. Dr. Kliewe is Full Professor for Innovation Management and Business Development at Münster University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) in Germany. He also serves as Managing Director of the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre (S2BMRC), a 25-person strong centre dedicated to generating and disseminating knowledge and tools on how to foster university-business and university-society relationships. Additionally, he is a co-founder and past chair and managing partner of the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN). Since its foundation in 2012, UIIN has advanced to become one of the world’s leading networks for university-industry interaction, with more than 300 members across the globe. Dr Kliewe undertook vocational training in IT before he completed his business studies at MUAS (Diploma and Master) and a PhD in Innovation at Coventry University, UK (in cooperation with MUAS).
DR. LINA LANDINEZ Dr Lina Landinez is Executive Director of ACEEU. In her role, she provides leadership in the running of the Council. In addition, she drives the development of new member services, accreditation types, and special initiatives such as ACEEU’s Triple E Awards or the development of tools and methods for institutional development. Dr Landinez is also a Junior Professor in Innovation and Technology Management at Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Next to her academic and quality assurance profile, she has an extensive experience in government and industry. Holding a bachelor degree in Agronomic Engineering from the National University of Colombia, a graduate diploma in Biotechnology Enterprises from Javeriana Pontificial University (Colombia), an MSc in Economics Science and Innovation from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Spain) and a PhD in Innovation from The University of Adelaide (Australia), Dr.Landines’s knowledge, expertise and experience spans various disciplines, including biology, engineering and business.
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