To remain a world-wide leader in innovation, Europe needs to make the most of information and communication technology (ICT) and to build its talent pool of ICT professionals and of managers who are both IT and business savvy (i.e., managers who are e-competent). Upon request by the European Commission, INSEAD’s eLab has conducted research (e.g., surveys and interviews of CIOs and universities) and developed a set of actions ("guidelines") for enhancing European curricula for building e-competences and strengthening the role of European universities in supplying ICT practitioners and e-competent managers in Europe.
Several projects commissioned by the EU are under way to improve and develop e-skills to close the gap between education and practice. INSEAD’s project is based on its experience as a leader in academia and through a strong network of key stakeholders in business, governments and other areas of the academic community in order to gather, assess and analyze their views on the issues to be addressed and recommendations to be made.
Recommendations and best practices of e-business skills education were presented on 13 and 14 January 2010 during an exclusive event titled "Building e-Competences to Strengthen Innovation in Europe: The Roles of Industry, Academia, and Government".