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For more information on the S3 Platform's work with Universities, please contact John Edwards.

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Universities can play a key role in the design and implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3). They are among the few institutions that act as 'boundary spanners', bridging all three elements of the 'Knowledge Triangle' (Research, Education and Innovation). 

The S3 Platform Policy Brief on Universities and Smart Specialisation shows how HEIs can contribute to four types of regional capabilities:

  • Generation of knowledge and priority setting through an entrepreneurial discovery process
  • Absorption of knowledge and assessment of demand for S3 priorities
  • Collaboration between innovation actors
  • Leasdership

In order to take on the role of boundary spanners, HEIs first need to analyse how they can be more innovative as institutions. A great tool to support this process is HEInnovate, an initiative of DG Education and Culture and the OECD's Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED).

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Seminar on Higher Education and Smart Specialisation

A workshop to disseminate findings from the SmartSpec FP7 funded research consortium and develop concepts for the HESS project.

University-Business Forum: Developing Talent for innovation-based economies

The thematic University-Business Forum took place in Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania. It brought together around 200 high-level representatives from higher...

Sixth University-Business Forum

The Forum brought together 300 high-level representatives from; higher education institutions; large companies; SME's, relevant European organisations and...

Open Days University 2014

The S3 Platform organised this workshop with the Regional Studies Association and the SmartSpec FP7 project on Implenting the Entrepreneurial Process of...

Mobilising Universities for Smart Specialisation

How universities can be part of smart specialisation was the question discussed by participants at this major Commission conference. The President of the...
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Publications Publications

Universities and RIS3: the case of Catalonia and the RIS3CAT Communities

18/2016 Elisabetta Marinelli, Susana Elena-Perez, Josep Alias
This report contributes to the debate on the role of Higher Education Institutions in RIS3 by exploring the case of Catalonia. It first assesses the role...

Universities and Smart Specialisation

03/2013 Louise Kempton, John Goddard, John Edwards, Fatime Barbara Hegyi and Susana Elena-PĂ©rez
This Policy Brief analyses the potential role of universities in the development and implementation of RIS3. Universities are often crucial institutions...

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Universities and RIS3: the case of Catalonia and the RIS3CAT Communities

18/2016 Elisabetta Marinelli, Susana Elena-Perez, Josep Alias
This report contributes to the debate on the role of Higher Education Institutions in RIS3 by exploring the case of Catalonia. It first assesses the role...

Universities and Smart Specialisation: challenges, tensions and opportunities for the innovation strategies of european regions

John Goddard, Louise Kempton, Paul Vallance
A paper written by leading researchers on universities and regional development, published in the Basque Economic Review.