RE-ACT

Self-reflection tools for smart universities acting regionally

Funding programme: Erasmus Plus KA3 - Support for policy reform

Project reference: 612903-EPP-1-2019-1-PT-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD

Principal investigator: Alessio Cavicchi

Role UniMC: Partner

Consortium: Porto Business School – University of Porto (Coordinator - Portugal), Corvinius University (Hungary), Technical University of Košice (Slovakia), Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca (Romania), Startup Europe Regions Network (Belgium)

Runtime: from 01.01.2020 to 31.12.2021

Short description: Since the middle of the past century, all over Europe there has been a shift toward a more societal role of universities (Goddard, 2009; Zomer and Benneworth, 2011), which includes special attention to links with business. The concept and fundamentals of the “Third Mission”, or “Third Stream” of universities has been widely discussed and questioned, and still its definition remains unclear. In 2011, the European Commission adopted the Agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education system, inviting the Member States to promote “the systematic involvement of higher education institutions in the development of integrated local and regional development plans, and target regional support towards higher education-business cooperation particularly for the creation of regional hubs of excellence and specialisation” (European Commission, 2011). The European 2020 Growth Strategy gives a significant role to higher education institutions, publishing also the devoted guide “Connecting Universities to Regional Growth” (European Commission, 2011). The Smart Specialization Strategy, also known as RIS3, is a key policies to this aim: in the frame of the European Commission's Cohesion Policy, the efficient management of Structural Funds is connected with the capability of States and Regions to develop Research and Innovation plans. These plans are currently a prerequisite in order to receive funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). To do so, Regions are required to implement a process of Smart Specialisation, which is “a place-based approach characterised by the identification of strategic areas for intervention based both on the analysis of the strengths and potential of the economy and on an Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) with wide stakeholder involvement. It is outward-looking and embraces a broad view of innovation including but certainly not limited to technology-driven approaches, supported by effective monitoring mechanisms” (RIS3 explained, S3 platform).
As key stakeholders involved in the process, higher education institutions are required to bring their own contribution to regional development through effective participation to EDPs processes and the design of regional plans, supporting identification of “niche areas of competitive strength, solving major societal challenges, bringing in a demand-driven dimension, innovation partnerships emphasizing greater co-ordination between different societal stakeholders and aligning resources and strategies between private and public actors of different governance levels” (S3 platform). Higher education institutions need to be aware of their own strengths to be able to contribute to the process of regional development as key players in research and innovation: HEInnovate can support self-reflection of universities about their actual and prospective role at territorial level.

Total cost: € 664.393,00

EU contribution: € 498.294,00

EU contribution to UniMC: € 104.007,21

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