Experts in smart specialisation met in Donostia-San Sebastián to analyse the role of the university in regional development strategies

2013/07/30 07:06:00 GMT+2


On 18 and 19 July, the Miramar Palace in Donostia-San Sebastián hosted the  “Smart Specialisation Strategy: the University as a Cornerstone in Regional Development Strategy” RIS3 meeting, organised by Euskampus Fundazioa as part of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) Summer Schools.

The event attracted experts and specialists in different areas related to regional development and smart specialisation from different sectors and countries to address the role of the university and educational centres in different strategies.

The participants discussed issues covering research, innovation, interregional cooperation between the universities of the Basque Country and Aquitaine, the steps involved to develop  smart specialisation, along with the work being carried out in the Basque Country in that area.

Furthermore, the delegates learnt about the initiatives being implemented in the field of smart governance with the input at the meeting of the international project management of Brainport Development, the Dutch development agency.

Jordi Campás, on behalf of the Euskampus Foundation, outlined the UPV/EHU’s commitment to smart specialisation by means of knowledge hubs – open spaces to transdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration – aimed at responding to the global and social challenges from science, technology and innovation.

The Euskampus General Manager, Igor Campillo, and the UPV/EHU Vice-Chancellor for Outreach and Transfer, Amaia Maseda, analysed the leadership role that the university and educational centres play in the regional development strategy both in the preparation and design phase and in the implementation and deployment of the strategies.

The Basque Government's Deputy Minister for Universities and Research, Itziar Alkorta, and the Chancellor of the UPV/EHU, Iñaki Goirizelaia, also attended the event.

Main contributions of the speakers who took part in the symposium

  • “Smart Specialisation Strategy: a Contribution of the Regions”

Manuel Palazuelos
European Comission. Joint Research Center. Institute for prospective studies. S3 platform

Six steps to develop a smart specialisation strategy

1. Analysis of the regional context and its innovative potential

2. Governance

3. Shared forward-looking vision

4. Selecting priorities

5. Policy mix: policies and support measures

6. Monitoring and assessment

  • “Regional Development Strategy of the Basque Country”

Leire Bilbao

Strategy and Technology Director of the Basque Government’s Ministry for Economic Development and Competitiveness

Vertical priorities:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Bio, nano y micro convergence
  • Energy

Balance between diversification and specialisation.

  • “The University: Cornerstone in the Regional Development Strategy”

Igor Campillo

Euskampus Fundazioa Director

Complex relations systems between stakeholders where the University is a lynchpin.

  • “Reflections on RIS3: Application to European Regions and Opportunity for Universities”

Miquel Barceló

Politécnica de Catalunya Foundation and Expert for RIS3 at Expert Union DG Regio

Innovative regions and developed regions and with strong innovation system are able to attract and retain talent. Landing pads for this talent are necessary:

Excellent universities, research centres, innovative companies and attractive regional conditions.

RIS3 has set the universities a fourth mission: to be drivers for the territory that embraces the leadership of this transformation.

  • "Brainport: Smart Governance in Practice”

AnneVerhaag / Wim De Kinderen

Intl Project Manager. Brainport Development. Eindhoven

The Brainport region is an example of two things: cooperation between multiple stakeholders in the form of open innovation and it is also an example of a region that has embraced this model as a driver for regional development.

  • “Coordinated Endeavours among Regional Science and Innovation Stakeholders to Drive Smart Specialisation of the Basque Country"

Begoña Sánchez

Tecnalia Innovation Policies and Systems Manager

The Basque Country is noted for high cooperation and collaboration between the private and public sectors.

This learning and discovery process reveals that a country or region is better in the sphere of science, technology and innovation, and discover the innovation and research areas where a region can achieve excellence and stand out.

  • "Knowlees and innovation keeping (KIC): sustainable partnership on education research entrepreneurship"

Endika Bengoetxea

Senior officer. European Institute of Technology (EIT)

  • “Knowledge Hubs: Commitment of the UPV-EHU to Smart Specialisation”
  • Jordi Campàs Velasco

    Euskampus Fundazioa

    Triple A:

    Apuesta [Commitment]



    Open spaces for transdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration.

    To respond to global and social challenges

    Approach based on Science, Technology and Innovation

    • “Inter-regional Cooperation Strategies”

    Hélène Jacquet

    Strategy & Operations Development, Head of Excellence Campus Program, UBx

    The IdEX is based on

    • Challenge-based programmes
    • Research
    • Innovation and development
    • Education and training
    • Transfer

    Strategy based on constructing respective strengths and projects, diversifying development opportunities for staff, students and partners.

    Developing a knowledge-based Euro-regional identity.

    • “Cooperation between Euro-region Universities”

    Marc Moulin / Eric Guilloteau

    Director of the Basque Country-Aquitaine Euro-region / Lecturer at  IUT of Bayonne, regional councillor of Aquitaine and member of the Assembly of the Basque Country-Aquitaine Euro-region

    The collaboration between Aquitaine and the Basque Country dates back for over 20 years.

    The goal is to facilitate cross-border cooperation and foster exchanges among its members.

    Common GDP > 152 million euros

    Euro-region 2014-2020  with 3 priorities: sustainable mobility, adopting smart and inclusive sustainable growth strategy, reinforcing the Euro-regional identity.



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