Higher Education for Smart Specialisation: Training

  • 02 Dec 2020 to 03 Dec 2020
  • Online event


Training workshop series is organised as part of the activities under of the Higher Education and Smart Specialisation (HESS) project, managed by the Joint Research Centre and the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of European Commission.

The HESS Handbook 1.0 and Case studies have identified the challenges of higher education to develop their third mission and engage with other ¨quadruple helix¨ stakeholders, partly due to the lack of clear measurable indicators and incentives. The HESS partnerships between higher education institutions and public authorities in the context of Smart Specialisation are contributing to understand the particular challenges faced the strategic integration of education and skills in regional innovation agendas, and how the use of European Regional Development Funds can support this process.

Higher Education Institutions have a crucial role in designing and developing Smart Specialisation Strategies and contributing to the development of their regions. In the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework, the Cohesion Policy will provide a new context in which Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can support their regions in reaching the objectives of the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund, developing their leadership and innovation capabilities to boost regional growth and green and digital transitions.

According to the ¨State of the University-Business cooperation in Europe report (2018)¨, businesses are starting to realise the benefits of partnering or working with HEIs as a source of future-oriented innovation as well as talent development that can build a competitive advantage. Moreover, since the last study in 2010-11, there is evidence that HEIs are being increasingly seen as a source of talent, entrepreneurship and a lead player in regional development.

The workshop aims to stimulate University – Industry – Government cooperation in the context of Smart Specialisation, by increasing awareness on its benefits, trends, barriers, drivers, motivators, facilitators and support mechanisms, while also providing concrete examples of cases and tools for collaboration from an international perspective.
The workshop will also give the opportunity to discuss about funding instruments under ERDF to boost University- Industry collaborations, and how they could complement with the ones existing at EU level.

The workshop will bring together public authorities working in university-industry cooperation, higher education institutions, business, intermediaries and other innovation experts contributing to the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).

Practical Information

02 Dec 2020 to 03 Dec 2020

Online event


Eskarne Arregui Pabollet