On 7 June in Scotland took place already the third conference UNICREDS (University Collaboration Spaces in Regional Development – University Development Cooperation with the region). The host this time was the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
** It is composed of several university colleges, which are located on the islands of Scotland. The conference was held at the university ‚Sabhal Mor Ostaig UHI‘ on the Isle of Skye. It was attended by representatives of University of South Bohemia in the Czech Budejovice (doc. Ing. Cudlínová Eva, MD.) And South Region (Ing. Michal dug up), who joined participants from across Europe. The conference in Skye was attended by representatives from six countries .**
The conference is part of a project aimed at creating a model for future development of education, which will be usable within the framework of regional development. The resulting model will be submitted for adoption to the European Commission. The conference focused on the question: ** How can regional universities with appropriate specialist help to strengthen the local economy in the regional development .**
Doc. Eva Cudlínová the University of South Bohemia in discussing various issues stated that the cooperation agreement between the South Bohemian Region and the University provides a framework for existing and future contacts and cooperation. Michael dug up the South region, adding that support innovative programs and innovative business from the budget of the South Bohemian Region over the next four years is limited: „Although innovations in contracts and programs of support, lack of sufficient financial resources to implement them.“
Norman Sharp, and former Director of the Agency QAA Scotland (Quality Assurance Agency Scotland) to ensure quality of higher education, gave a keynote speech, which, inter alia, said: „This conference is a valuable opportunity for experts from across Europe to consider důležitou role of universities in the development of rural regions . I direct and indirect ways in which universities can encourage the development of rural communities and economies. “
During the conference the next major speeches and presentations of case studies of best practices was also a panel discussion in which also involved representatives of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council (Highland Council) and Director of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and its vice- Chancellor James Fraser.
Nicolas Wallet, project manager of the project described UNICREDS importance of the conference: „This conference is a milestone indicating the half-year project UNICREDS. With every event we collect more practical experience that can help shape recommendations for regional policy, and thus help other regions facing similar problems. “
All regions cooperating in the project UNICREDS have similar characteristics such as distance from major cities, population, the decline of traditional industries. Partners UNICREDS transmit to a specific experience and knowledge of how to overcome problems associated with inefficient economy and to transform neglected or marginal regions of the major centers of research and innovation. Partners who participate in the project are in various stages of solving the aforementioned problems.
The findings and case studies presented at the third conference of UNICREDS will be reflected in policy recommendations that will be submitted to the European Commission. Each project is different conferences focused, but their common overarching theme is to increase the level of experience and knowledge economy of marginal areas through partnerships between universities, business and administrative sectors.
UNICREDS The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under INTERREG IV. The project budget is approximately UNICREDS 2 million and is financed by each of its 15 partners from Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.unicreds.eu.
** The project partners UNICREDS ** 1st Cornwall Council, Charles www.cornwall.gov.uk 2nd Combined Universities in Cornwall, Charles www.cuc.ac.uk 3rd Municipality of Skellefteå, Sweden www.skelleftea.se 4th Regional Council of Västerbotten, Sweden www.regionvasterbotten.se 5th Akademi Norra, Sweden www.akademinorr.se 6th City of Seinäjoki, Finland www.seinajoki.fi 7th University Consortium of Seinäjoki / Tampere, Finland www.ucs.fi 8th Seinäjoki Technology Centre Ltd., Finland www.stoy.fi / en 9th University of South Bohemia in the Czech Budejovice, Czech Republic www.jcu.cz 10th South Bohemia, Czech Republic www.kraj-jihocesky.cz 11th Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria www.mrrb.government.bg 12th Sofia University, Bulgaria www.uni-sofia.bg 13th University of Debrecen, Hungary www.envm.unideb.hu 14th Hajdú-Bihar County Council, Hungary www.hbmo.hu 15th University of the Highlands and Islands www.uhi.ac.uk
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