An initiative of Ruhr-Univesity Bochum, Germany, presented by Prof. Wilkens. A Regional Knowledge Eco-System for Enhancing Sustainable Regional Development. New integrative and overarchingapproach in higher education: bringing together students‘ projects, knowledge transfer activities and companies involvement for innovative solutions. Definition of work-based learning settings across hierarchies and educational levels (apprenticeship, undergraduate education, graduate education, continuing education) in a creative and achivement-driven learning organization. Mutual infrastructure, support and supervision by representatives from universities and companies, primarely SMEs.