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22 Dec 2015

EUA provides documents on role of universities in regional innovation

The European University Association (EUA) has provided documentation on a workshop on the first workshop on “Universities Promoting Regional Innovation across Europe”, which took place in Madrid on 24-25 November 2015. The workshop was held back-to-back with the first meeting of EUA’s Expert Group on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

The workshop was convened jointly by EUA and the national rectors’ conferences, with the aim of supporting institutions in the implementation and follow-up of RIS3, and to coordinate policy input to the European institutions. More than 100 participants from 12 European countries discussed universities’ roles in regional policy and in RIS3, as well as the challenges and opportunities related to the important strategic role of universities in the implementation of RIS3.

Professor Peter Haring-Bolivar, Chair of the Expert Group on RIS3, highlighted that “Universities are a key partner in regional development and innovation. They have the critical role of linking education and research and the human talent they produce is a source of innovation.” However, challenges persist at the institutional and regional levels and assessing the role of universities in RIS3 still faces many methodological and practical shortcomings.

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