EIT RawMaterials, initiated by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and funded by the European Commission, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. EIT RawMaterials, initiated by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and funded by the European Commission, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is a European Union where raw materials are a major strength. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and guided entrepreneurship.
EIT RawMaterials unites more than 100 partners – academic and research institutions as well as businesses – from more than 20 EU countries. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure the supplies and improve the raw materials sector all along its value chain – from extraction to processing, from recycling to reuse.
There are six regional hubs in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Sweden, called Co-location centers that represent different regional ecosystems bridging between business, research and education.
EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation in the raw materials sector by sharing of knowledge, information and expertise. EIT RawMaterials will generate a significant impact on European competitiveness and employment by driving and fostering innovation and empowering students, entrepreneurs and education partners driving toward the circular economy. This will result in the introduction of innovative and sustainable products, processes and services, as well as talented people that will deliver increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to European society.
EIT RawMaterials strives to educate the raw materials game-changers of the future, ensuring Europe cultivates a society of learners contributing to a strong and resilient EU raw materials base.
Four domains of learning and education are addressed by EIT RawMaterials, namely
- PhD Education
- Master Education
- Lifelong Learning
- Wider Society Learning
Most EIT RawMaterials learning & education activities are carried out through innovative education projects launched via open Calls for Proposals with funded projects managed and implemented by the EIT RawMaterials partners.
Activities across the entire ecosystem of learners – PhD students, Master students, industrial partners, professionals within the raw materials sector – foster new pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching through the application of the Knowledge Triangle, linking critical knowledge and stakeholders in academia, industry and research. Resulting from this model is a de-siloing of raw materials disciplines and knowledge whereby learners obtain a holistic overview of the raw materials value chain complemented by robust innovation & entrepreneurial education.
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