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In this “New Space” business arena, comprehensive higher education is critically needed to realize the above-mentioned ambitions. Student-centred and innovative educational approaches are key for transferring research-based innovative knowledge, competences and skills to take the next wave of this revolutionary approach to space exploration and use.

Focusing on Space education, research and innovation in EU will address key societal challenges, nurture job and industrial growth and ensure EU autonomy. This will also contribute to address the growing need for high skilled workers and more labour market relevant skills to ensure productivity growth and competitiveness. Since 2015, opportunities for highly skilled individuals have grown and this will continue at least until 2025. 40% of European employers have expressed difficulty finding people with the right skills. Students are concerned by the mismatch between what they learn and the skills they need for work. The European Commission also calls for developing digital competences and skills. In this context, higher education institutions have a vital role to train highly skilled students to match the current and future needs on the labour market.

Within the Space strategy for Europe and the New skills agenda for Europe, UNIVERSEH will assemble European, knowledge-creating teams of students, learners, academics, researchers, businesses, regional and civil society stakeholders to:

Offer innovative and multi-disciplinary courses to train students for the jobs of today and tomorrow;

Support entrepreneurship and innovation;

Develop digital, open science and transferable skills among students and researchers;

Contribute to match skills of graduates with the requirements of the labour market;

Break the real and perceived barriers between academic and other sectors;

Strengthen the European Union as a global leader in the space domain.