University Collaboration in Regional Development Spaces

About Us

The overall aim of the UNICREDS project is to transform regions with underperforming economies through the creation of a new model for economic development. At the heart of the model is the interaction between universities, government organisations and the private sector.

Sharing experience in collaboration

  • UNICREDS partnerships involve university and local government in each region. The private sector is represented in one region as a UNICREDS partner and in the other regions through the collaborative networks already in existence with university and local government partners.

  • Experiences will be shared through a series of case studies, arranged into five work packages which will each look at a different challenge.

  • All the partners bring their own experience so that we can learn from each other and identify good practice.

  • Some partners already have experience in developing multi-university campuses and in delivering higher education in innovative ways which decrease reliance on the classical model of university education provided at a single location.

  • Some partners already have experience in collaborating with local businesses, to varying degrees, to focus education and training to meet the needs of local industries and to improve job prospects for graduates.

Developing good practices into a transferable model for regional economic development

  • From the experiences shared in the work packages and the good practices identified during the case studies, we will develop a model which can be used by the partner regions to improve their regional economies.

  • The model will be transferable so that it can be used as a jumping-off point for other regions facing similar problems to develop their own economies through the ‘triple helix’ collaboration.

Integrating the model into regional, national and European policy

  • We want the model to be taken up by policy makers at both regional and national levels and integrated into their policies and strategies, so that as many people as possible can benefit.

  • Ultimately, we would like the model to be integrated into Europe-wide policy as a key facilitator for economic development.

About the INTERREG IVC programme

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.


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