The Postgraduate Programme in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in engineering is a joint initiative of the faculties of the five Flemish universities that offer programmes in industrial sciences, biosciences, bioengineering and engineering sciences. The programme got its start with the “Innovation Internships” project of the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT), which is aimed at integrating workplace learning into engineering programmes. Recently the pilot programme was extended for four years, with the support of the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO).
There is a clear demand from businesses, organisations and institutes of higher education for a smoother transition from education to the job market. The innovation projects aim to ensure that students are better prepared for the practice of their profession. The postgraduate programme allows students to gain practical experience in their field or as entrepreneurs. Aside from technical engineering skills, the programme mainly focuses on the development of innovation competences and enterprising, innovative and professional skills.