UNICREDS Project Holds Conference in Bulgaria
The European UNICREDS project has taken a further step forward this week with a successful key conference looking at how different models of higher education can benefit regional economic development.
The first UNICREDS conference of 2011 took place in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and brought together representatives from across Europe. The event held on 18-19 January, examined how partnerships between universities and other further and higher education institutions, local learning centres and regional agencies can help improve the economies of isolated, failing or resource-poor regions.
A leading Swedish academic on the topic of educational and business partnerships is Johan Sterte, Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology. He spoke at the event about his first-hand experience of a partnership between a university, the municipalities and the business world in the north part of Sweden. He said:
“It is of great value that regions with similar problems and possibilities work together to identify problems and to find solutions that will promote regional development. We all have a lot to learn from each other. "This conference is an important part of this process. It will give ample opportunities both for sharing experiences and for discussion.”