Coimbra Group workshop on the role of universities as driving forces for change in regions and cities, 8 October
01 October 2019
The Coimbra Group has the pleasure to invite you to the High-level Workshop “The role of universities as drivers of change in regions and cities”, to be held on 8 October in Brussels, at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union (rue Caroly 15).
The aim of this workshop is to explore, together with policy makers and other relevant stakeholders, the role of universities in innovation ecosystems by presenting successful examples of university-city partnerships among Coimbra Group universities and their related municipalities. It also aims to launch a dialogue on how to improve synergies to foster the social, cultural and economic wealth of regions and cities. It is geared towards rectors, senior management staff from higher education institutions, mayors and representatives from municipalities, regional and city representations, industry, civil society and EU institutions.
This event, organised within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities, is a direct follow-up to the Poitiers Declaration, launched at the 2016 Coimbra Group annual conference in Poitiers, France. The Declaration reaffirms the central role that Universities play in the development of Cities, with Cities providing a fundamental framework, functioning as a catalyst for the development of Universities. This is especially the case for Coimbra Group Universities, which, being located in small or medium-sized cities, have a symbiotic relationship with their surrounding ecosystem, thus creating dynamics affecting socio-economic development, transfer of knowledge and innovation, urban policy and inclusion.
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