Education and Skills for S3

Education and Skills for S3

Since its initial conceptualisation, Smart Specialisation has assumed a strong place-based dimension, in recognition that innovation is locally and regionally driven and that different places need different investments. The EC proposal for Cohesion funds for 2021-2027 will strengthen regions’ capacities to implement Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3), through stronger concentration of investments under the Smarter Europe and Greener Europe objectives.

The new Policy Objective 1 "A smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation" under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) includes a specific objective for investment in “developing skills for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship”.

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Higher Education and Smart Specialisation in Lithuania - Final Event

This workshop was organised as part of the project Higher Education and Smart Specialisation (HESS): Lithuania case study carried out by the Joint Research Centre of European Commission in collaboration with the Government Strategic Analysis (STRATA).


Regional Innovation Impact of Universities in Europe
The event will bring together national and regional policymakers, higher education institutions and international experts interested in exploring how universities can increase their regional engagement and impact using the Regional Innovation Assessment Framework. Connection link


Higher Education for Smart Specialisation, A Handbook

The Higher Education in Smart Specialisation (HESS) project has been developed in collaboration with DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC) since 2016 and seeks to engage stakeholders from Higher Education in regional development processes and regional innovation ecosystems to ensure places...

Woolford, J and Boden, M (2021) (eds)
Support services for Centres of Vocational Excellence

In 2018 the European Commission launched a flagship initiative for Vocational Education and Training (VET), a policy area in which the European Union (EU) has intervened since the Treaty of Rome. Labelled Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs), the objective is to support pioneers of high...

Edwards, J.H., Redford, D. and Paiva, T.