The European Bioeconomy University will be Europe’s leading intellectual institution in tackling the enormous environmental, economic and societal challenges of the 21stcentury. It will act not only as a think tank for knowledge generation, but also as a creative hub for knowledge transfer to transform diversity into creativity, support the European approach of democratic, transparent and participative processes and foster actual change in an innovative and sustainable way. As a new form of inter- and transnational university, it will build a bridge across disciplines, bringing students and researchers together in their efforts to create a knowledge-based bioeconomy in Europe. This will spur European integration and boost Europe’s role as a model region in the world. It will contribute to the revitalization and stabilization of rural, coastal and marginal lands, as well as decommissioned industrial areas by restoring natural resources and generating new income opportunities, and support Europe in meeting the sustainable development goals (SDG). It will offer the heterogeneous European regions a multitude of attractive opportunities by creating competitive, knowledge-intensive sectors with future-oriented jobs, especially for its youth, thus strengthening the social cohesion of the European Union.
The European Bioeconomy University has the power to drive Europe’s transformation towards a knowledge-based bioeconomy by uniting expertise in the fields of the production of biological resources, their conversion of into high-quality food, biobased products and services, as well as the economic and sustainability assessment of these processes. Our global intellectual leadership is our strongest asset in meeting the expectations and legitimate claims of future generations. In order to prevent the climate being overburdened and planetary boundaries being further overstepped, non-renewable raw materials will need to be replaced by bio-based and/or biodegradable ones. The EBU will support the European Union’s endeavours to develop a creative, future-oriented, forward-thinking,socially fair, ecologically balanced and internationally competitive society through innovative, comprehensive yet regionally specific solutions in education, research and innovation, capacity building and communication.
Based on these shared convictions and our longstanding cooperation, our mission is to take university collaboration to a higher level of joint strategy development and to a new governance model. Our integrated strategy for bioeconomy education, research, knowledge transfer and innovation contributes to the development of a sustainable and competitive knowledge-based bioeconomy in Europe. The European Bioeconomy University provides an internationally unique and competitive model for a theme-based, system- and future-oriented university that focuses on inter- and transdisciplinary as well as sectoral and European collaboration. The EBU partners are best equipped for this task as, together, they cover the entire spectrum of bioeconomy dimensions:
- production of renewable biological resources, from land and sea
- value-adding conversion into feed and bio-based products
- economic and social implications of a widespread diffusion of the knowledge-based bioeconomy, including stakeholder engagement and communication
The European Bioeconomy University will thus produce a new generation of truly European graduates. Stimulated by state-of-the-art research, our innovative European curriculum will equip our graduates with sought-after skills for an ever-growing labour market. Continuous international exchange at an early career stage will provide first-hand personal experience of the heterogeneous European regions, each with its distinct characteristics. Our graduates will be trained to collaborate with researchers, professionals and decision-makers from different cultural, social and disciplinary backgrounds in order to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit and find innovative solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.