Aggelos Koutsomichalis, Lina Landinez, Adisa Ejubovic.

The Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU) is the only globally operating quality assurance body with a focus on acknowledging engagement and entrepreneurship in Higher Education. As such, ACEEU strives to lead the way in a new era for higher education through evaluating, supporting and igniting the potential of HEI’s on their road to third mission excellence. Headquartered in Germany, ACEEU offers accreditation for entrepreneurship and (community) engagement on institutional (entire university) and divisional level (faculty, school, department). Our goal is to challenge the status quo in higher education and advocate for putting a stronger emphasis on the so-called third mission of universities (an umbrella term for innovation, university-business cooperation, civic engagement, outreach, technology transfer etc.), next to education and research, to make universities engines for societal and economic development. We believe that entrepreneurship and (community) engagement are the key drivers and vehicles to realise this change. At ACEEU, we contribute to this movement by offering universities an external evaluation of their entrepreneurship and (community) engagement practice, benefitting organisational development and providing international recognition of the institution’s achievements.