Representatives of the Combined Universities in Cornwall and the University of the Highlands and Islands recently visited Brussels to host an event at the EU Open Days. Entitled “Universities and Smart Specialisation: Driving Growth in Lagging Regions”, the CUC Brussels Reception on 11 October was attended by around 50 guests including MEPS, European Commission officials, education and regional stakeholders and presented the Cornish and Scottish experience of using Higher Education to drive the knowledge economy. Oversubscribed and full to capacity, the evening reception included a contribution from former EU Commissioner Danuta Hubner MEP and a lively debate about how universities can contribute to regional growth and what other European regions can learn from Cornwall and Scotland’s experience. Representatives from the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health and the CUC Partnership Office were joined by colleagues from the University of the Highlands and Islands in their visit to the Brussels Open Days to host the CUC Reception and while in Brussels took the opportunity to hold meetings to discuss and better understand how Cornwall’s Higher Education institutions can make a contribution to future EU policy and programmes.
Picture: Chris Pomfret (Chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP), Dr Sue Brownlow (Director of CUC) and reception speakers Marion Dewar (Cabinet Member of EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation) and Mikel Landabaso (Head of Unit for Thematic coordination and innovation, DG Regional Policy)
The next UNICREDS conference will look at the theme of nurturing an innovative business culture and reaching isolated groups. Hosted by the South Bohemian Regional Authority and the University of South Bohemia, the conference will take place in České Budějovice, Czech Republic on Tuesday 17 January. Read more and register at http://www.unicreds.eu/events/item/53-unicreds-conference-nurturing-innovation.html.
The Setting Sails conference is now taking place in Finland (5 - 6 October), bringing together officials of European, national, regional and local administrations, experts from universities and research centres, and representatives of the private and third sectors, for a visionary look towards an innovative and smart growth driven Europe 2020.
During the first day of the conference yesterday, UNICREDS hosted the workshop “Distinctive marks of success - Triple helix”, along with the University Consortium of Seinäjoki and Best Practises in the Baltic Sea area project, Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo.
As a result of the two day collaboration over the course of the conference, the participants will create new ways to implement multilevel governance in the context of EU 2020 and the Baltic Sea Region Strategy.