University Collaboration in Regional Development Spaces

There are no forthcoming events involving all the UNICREDS partners, but the project partners continue to share the key findings and policy recommendations from UNICREDS in their own regions and in Brussels. 

Please check with the project partners in the UK, Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Czech Republic and Bulgaria for more information about forthcoming events within regions and in Brussels.

Visit our events page to read about our previous events.

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How Higher Education Can Help Build Regional Knowledge Based Economies in Europe

Thursday 25th October 2012, 9.00am - 4.00pm
Heartlands, Pool, Cornwall, UK TR15 3QY


The project partners warmly invite you to the final event of the pioneering UNICREDS project. For three years, UNICREDS has brought together partners from seven regions of Europe to investigate the role of university - government - industry partnerships (the triple helix) in reshaping the economy of peripheral regions. The final event will gather together representatives from regions in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, and from Scotland and Cornwall in the UK.

Join us as we celebrate the work of UNICREDS, sharing a number of the valuable learning and outcomes of the project based on the combined experience of the partners in using higher education for regional development. We will also be showcasing a number of the good practices identified by partners and illustrating how these are already proving to be successful in bringing transformation to their own regions, and showing the impact of UNICREDS in the regions involved as we put the results into practice. Key players in developing meaningful and sustainable economic change, alongside the creation of excellence in further education, will be available throughout the day for discussion and information sharing.

We're delighted to welcome Change Management expert Luc Galoppin to round off the conference by inspiring us to keep taking action to build UNICREDS' exemplary good practices into our regions and to continue the momentum and work that UNICREDS has started.


If you are in any way responsible for the development of either further education or the regional economy in your area, then this should be an unmissable event for you, or for members of your team.

The event will take place at Heartlands, Cornwall's new cultural playground and part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, and will be followed by dinner at Trebah Garden, a sub-tropical paradise on the south coast of Cornwall.

Registration has now closed; if you would still like to attend, please contact Lizzie Pridmore, tel. +44 (0)1209 721071, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Wednesday 10th October – 5.30pm to 7pm

South West Partnership Office, Rue du Luxembourg 3, B-1000 Brussels

The UNICREDS project partners warmly invite you to join us for a reception on Wednesday 10th October from 5.30 – 7.00pm, after the EU Open Days workshops. The reception will be an exciting opportunity to hear about and discuss the findings from UNICREDS.

  • Peripheral regions with underperforming economies need cooperation between all their sectors to enable them to be competitive
  • How can triple helix partnerships foster a culture of innovation that reaches across organisational boundaries?
  • What role do universities play in regional development?

We would like to share some of the reflections and recommendations from our experiences over the three year project, including:

  1. The application of Smart Specialisation strategies to peripheral regions and those with underperforming economies
  2. The flexibility to make integrated Higher Education capacity investments in regions from the Community Support Framework programme
  3. Linking research excellence with capacity development, to enable research in less developed regions to be networked with mainstream Horizon 2020 projects to bridge from capacity development into excellence.

The programme details are still to be confirmed - watch this space for further details!

To attend, please register using the link below.


For more information, contact Lizzie Pridmore, UNICREDS Project Officer, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , tel. +44 1209 721071.

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  • Event Location Brussels
  • Event Date Wednesday 10th October 2012

11th – 13th June 2012, Seinäjoki, Finland

Venue: Frami B – Seinäjoki Center for Technology and Innovation, Kampusranta 9 B, Seinäjoki

Frami Ltd

The University Consortium of Seinäjoki, City of Seinäjoki and Frami Ltd are delighted to host the next UNICREDS conference in Seinäjoki, Finland on 11 – 13 June 2012.

SeinäjokiThe conference, organised by the University Consortium of Seinäjoki as part of the UNICREDS project, will bring together partners from seven regions of Europe to discuss the theme of building regional research and innovation capacity to secure long-term, sustainable economic growth.

The keynote speaker will be Mr Marc Botman, Head of Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional Policy. He will be speaking alongside representatives from the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, the University of Tampere School of Management, South Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce, Frami Ltd and the University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute.

Registration for delegates from outside Finland closed on 18 May 2012. Local attendees may still register using the link below.


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  • Event Location Seinäjoki, Finland
  • Event Date Tuesday 12 June 2012

Tuesday 17 January 2012 9.30am - 13.30pm

South Bohemian Regional Offices, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

South Bohemian Regional OfficesThe University of South Bohemia and the South Bohemian Region are delighted to host the next UNICREDS conference in České Budějovice on Tuesday 17 January 2012.

The conference, organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands as part of the UNICREDS project, will bring together partners from seven regions of Europe to discuss the theme of nurturing an innovative business culture and reaching isolated groups.

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  • Event Location České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Event Date 17 January 2012
IsleofSkyesmallTuesday 7 June 2.30pm-6.30pm, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye.
The theme for the conference is: "Can Universities benefit rural communities? Harnessing the opportunity for Universities to drive smart specialisation in regional development". The conference will discuss good practice and share knowledge with delegates from six European countries on embedding the benefits of Universities within the local economy and communities. The results of the conference will be used to inform regional, national and European policy.

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  • Event Location Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK
  • Event Date 7 June 2011

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, SofiaThe Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" are pleased to announce the UNICREDS Conference on Partnership Development. We look forward to welcoming you to Sofia!

VENUE: Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", 15 "Tzar Osvoboditel" Blvd., Faculty of Geology and Geography

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  • Event Location Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Event Date 18 January 2011

Conference theme: Design of a higher education model that fits with the specific geographical and social characteristics of the region

The first UNICREDS conference is an exciting opportunity to see the results of our work on the first aspect of the ‘triple helix’ collaboration for economic regeneration, looking at the ways that the physical characteristics and social demographics of a particular area can influence the design of an appropriate model for higher education.

Alongside the case studies from UNICREDS partners, there will be an opportunity to tour Campus Skellefteå and see how they have put their ideas into practice in their own model for higher education.

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  • Event Location Campus Skellefteå, Sweden
  • Event Date 23 June 2010

The official launch of the UNICREDS project took place on 27 April 2010 at New County Hall, Truro, Cornwall.

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  • Event Location Truro, Cornwall
  • Event Date 27 April 2010

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