Project Portfolio and Roadmap

"IUET - International University of Entrepreneurship and Technology Association"

IUET builds on long experience of carrying out various pioneering programmes in education, training, research and also strategy work and analysis, at policy as well as management level. Whereas IUET specializes in research, education and training, it will stay relevant and keep a close connection to key strategy issues and decision processes.

The various activities that IUET draws upon include policy analysis, collaborative research programmes and work on training government officials as well as senior officials in public administration, as in China and Malaysia. Both these countries have initialized a series of gatherings and workshops with specialist lecturers to promote new perspectives and skills in moving towards the implementation of a knowledge based society. The organisation provides support to bottom-up initiatives in green innovation, such as those run by the World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSCSD).

Further, through engagement and partnerships with the International Academy of Entrepreneurship (www.intentac.org), and the Innovation Value Institute (www.ivi.ir), IUET brings hands-on experience of engaging leading captains of industry as well as academics in experimental kinds of lecturing, mentoring or coaching in shaping new companies that become genuinely entrepreneurial from the outset.

Examples of on-going projects:

“SET – Swedish University of Entrepreneurship and Technology”, Pakistan

IUET, together with the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, and the Punjab Government, has been deeply engaged in the process of establishing the Swedish University for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SET) in Punjab, Pakistan. SET was initiated several years ago, and with first-rate land put aside for the venture. However, political complications have delayed the project implementation. IUET assumes a long-term perspective to the venture.

"Collaboration with China on Smart City Solutions", China

Collaboration with China on Smart City Solutions
Since 2014, IUET has been among the European partners establishing active collaboration with China's National Smart City Joint Labs, under the Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS) and the Ministry of Housing & Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), linking with the leading network of smart cities in China (see map). This collaboration serves as a platform for exchanging experience between China and Europe in the development and diffusion of new technology-based but people-centric smart solutions addressing issues of mobility, environmental degradation, and social exclusion.

”Executive Opinion Survey, Sweden”

Since 2011, IUET serves as the Swedish Partner Institute of the Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance of the World Economic Forum. In close collaboration with Deloitte, IUET is responsible for the organisation and diffusion of each year's annual Executive Opinion Survey for Sweden. The task includes arranging with a statistically representative sample and staying in contact with business executives to ensure that the correct information is made available and that the questionnaire will result in an appropriate and reliable response by Swedish industry. The results of the questionnaire feed into the world Competitiveness Report, released annually at press events around the World, generally in the first days of September.

The results of the latest Global Competitiveness Report, as regards Sweden, were presented by IUET and Deloitte at press meetings in Stockholm on September 27, 2017.

While continuously among the most competitive countries worldwide, Sweden had lost some ground over the last five years, slipping to a position as the 10th most competitive country in the world in 2014. Since then, however, Sweden’s position has strengthened, with the country attaining the 6th position in the 2016 report and place 7 in 2017. Switzerland, The United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany and Hong Kong are presently the only economies ranked ahead. The United Kingdom upholds the position just behind Sweden, although the report anticipates Brexit to hurt UK competitiveness in the years ahead.

Among the central conclusions for Sweden, its macroeconomic stability and highly internationalised business sector enable the country to muddle through today’s challenging economic, social and political landscape better than most. In addition, its innovation and business sophistication performances have strengthened as well. Still, Sweden continues to struggle with its education system, distorting taxes and the functioning of its labour markets. In 2017, a further deterioration was recorded for the state of institutions. As all countries, the challenge for Sweden is to keep building on its strengths, and address its weaknesses.

On the global report 2017/18, see here

On IUET and Deloitte reporting, see:

  • Press release PDF >> here

"Engagement in Vocational Training"

Vocational Training represents a major weakness in most educational systems, and particularly in emerging and developing economies. Generally, higher education assumes an elitist niche which become unattainable for large numbers of youth, possibly due a combination of background, motivational factors and other conditions for eligibility that may not reflect talent or development capacity. Meanwhile, while many of those fail to meet with alternative avenues to underpin their employability and to build up-to-date skills that are in great demand, companies and households are unable to locate and access needed expertise in a range of areas, often requiring a combination of theoretical and practical skills.

IUET engages actively in promoting the development and diffusion of effective methods for upgrading vocational training and training in the work place. As Swedish Partner Institute of the World Economic Forum, IUET has advanced pioneering Swedish initiatives in these areas as candidates for international best policy practice. It is also promoting and facilitating active collaboration and direct engagement by high quality colleges and vocational training providers in developed countries with counterparts in emerging economies.

"IUET promotes student recruitment"

Utilizing its broad international networks, IUET is collaborating with local institutions in several countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa to review practices for identifying and recruiting suitable students to foreign university institutions and programs. This initiative is under development following a number of observations that current practices for recruiting international students build on weakly developed mechanisms for matchmaking. In particular, a gap arises from a lack of orderly structuring and provision of information devised to broker between diverse student flows on the one hand and institutional offers on the other. The purpose is for this initiative to lead to closer collaboration with key countries, student networks and university partners to promote innovation and sharing of experience in this area.