Title: Universities and Smart Specialisation
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC85508
ISBN: 978-92-79-69701-2 (print)
978-92-79-34717-7 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 26343 EN
OP LF-NA-26343-EN-C (print)
OP LF-NA-26343-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC85508
DOI: 10.2791/730715
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Universities have a potentially pivotal role to play in the social and economic development of their regions. They are a critical ‘asset’ of the region; even more so in less favoured regions where the private sector may be weak or relatively small, and has low levels of research and development activity. Evidence shows that the successful mobilisation of the resources of a university can have a disproportionately positive effect on regional economies and achievement of comprehensive regional strategies. Universities can therefore play a key role by contributing to the design and implementation of S3 in a local learning and capacity building process. However there are some key underpinning principles that make smart specialisation distinctive from previous iterations of regional innovation strategy development, and it will be necessary to understand the implications of these for the actors in the process, including universities.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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