Cluster of university centres in the Basque Country to maximise the impact of research, training and transfer in the business fabric in light of the challenges of Industry 4.0.



The Basque Cluster for University Training in Engineering, Science and Technology, 4GUNE, began its work in July 2017 with the objective of helping strengthen university-business cooperation in the Basque Country as part of the new global stage, under the Industry 4.0 paradigm.

Led by the Basque Government’s Department of Education and with the participation of 11 university centres in the Basque Country, the 4GUNE Cluster is characterised by promoting cooperation and collaboration within and amongst universities aligned with the University-Business Strategy 2022 of the Basque Government's Department of Education, which ultimately has the purpose of:

  • Identifying business needs and university capacities to develop graduate and post-graduate training offers as well as lifelong learning, to effectively address the challenges of Industry 4.0.
  • Strengthening strategic alliances between universities and companies. Forging stable alliances between Universities, Research and Development Agents, Companies and Clusters in the sector that ensure the flow of information, collaboration and knowledge transfer between each other.
  • Increasing education’s impact on professional development and stimulating coordination between universities in the Basque Country.
  • Supporting the development of the Basque science, technology and innovation system and promoting the internationalisation of Basque university training in Europe.

Players Involved

  • 11 university centres of the 4 universities in the Basque Country.
    • University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU:
      • Bilbao Engineering School
      • Gipuzkoa Engineering School
      • Vitoria-Gasteiz Engineering School
      • Faculty of Science and Technology
      • Faculty of Pharmacy
      • Faculty of Computer Sciences
      • Faculty of Chemistry
    • University of Deusto:
      • Faculty of Engineering
    • Mondragon University:
      • Higher Polytechnic School
    • IMH, Advanced Manufacturing Centre
    • Tecnun, Navarra University
  • AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center
  • Confebask, Basque Business Confederation
  • Innobasque, Basque Innovation Agency
  • SPRI, Basque Business Development Agency

Role of Euskampus

Euskampus Fundazioa was commissioned by the Basque Government’s Department of Education for the design and implementation of the objectives and lines of action of the 4Gune Cluster. Among other activities, Euskampus is responsible for:

  • Promoting relations between university centres that belong to the Cluster, the Basque Government, the rest of the participating agents and society at large.
  • Boosting and structuring the functioning of the Cluster bearing in mind its general and specific objectives.
  • Aligning the Cluster with the Basque Country's Smart Specialisation general framework.
  • Promoting internationalisation, with particular emphasis on the Aquitaine-Basque Country-Navarre Euroregion.

Main milestones/actions undertaken

  • Main milestones developed:
  • Milestones under development:
    • Scaling of the business-university connection through challenges programme.
    • Deployment of a Technological Intelligence Cross-border Laboratory along with Bordeaux University.
    • Coordination with the Basque Vocational Training System.