Marta Comellas Aragones, prof. Isabelle Reymen
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After winning the Dutch Higher Education Award last year, TU/e innovation Space today ended first in the European contest ‘Innovation and Collaboration Space of the Year’. In the finale, during the ACEEU (Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities) Stakeholders Forum in Florence, TU/e innovation Space pitched their innovative practice with four other European nominees. 

“We are very proud to have been selected as the winner in the Triple E Awards for the Innovation and Collaboration Space of the year category,” said the scientific director of TU/e innovation Space, prof. Isabelle Reymen in Florence. “We are looking forward to using all the learnings acquired during the conference to make innovation Space and TU/e together with our great team even more engaged!”

“It is great to see other universities also innovating education, setting up new entrepreneurship activities, and linking students to societal and business issues. We learned about many community engagement initiatives with students, being new ways to act upon the third mission of the university. We met many innovative and inspiring people!”

TU/e innovation Space is Eindhoven University of Technology’s learning hub for educational innovation, the center of expertise for Challenge-Based Learning and student entrepreneurship, and an open community where students, researchers, industry, and societal organizations collaborate on real-world challenges, in the fields of sustainable energy, healthcare, agri-food, and tech and many others. 

The Triple E Awards are a global recognition of efforts toward the quest for entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education. It is the first award to focus specifically on the different dimensions of the mission of universities, aiming to promote change and highlight the role of these institutions in the community. Implemented regionally, the Triple E Awards aim to foster change in universities and emphasize their role in their communities and ecosystems.

This is the 2nd edition of these awards, promoted by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities, with the first one having been held in 2020. There are 12 categories in the competition, with only five universities reaching the final in each of these categories. 

Last year, 2021, TU/e innovation Space also won the Dutch Higher Education Award.