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The section will contain a set of good practices supporting a swift and efficient management of smart specialization strategy development in Higher Education Institutions. Universities that would like to share their good practices are kindly requested to contact us through the email: info@thinkingsmart.utad.pt

 

PoliHub Duration: Ongoing

PoliHub is the Startup District&Incubator of Politecnico di Milano. It is conceived as “The ideal place in which you can get the most out of your ideas and turn them into an entrepreneurial project” (Source: Polihub website). It offers support not only to start up but also to existing hi-tech companies, with the objective of “Sharing of expertise, and providing access to the network of one of the best European technical universities in order to relaunch the new entrepreneurship”.

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Campus Sostenibile Duration: Ongoing

Campus Sostenibile is the original name of an initiative started by Politecnico di Milano in 2010 and originally focused on the historical university urban campus and aiming at achieving a sustainable university campus. It was launched by the Rectorate and it spent its first year in developing new approaches (and practices) to energy consumption inside the campus (promoting rules and procedure to reduce energy consumption). After a first phase, the project was opened to the university community, in order to involve its capacity to design and implement innovative solutions.

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The smart specialisation priorities adopted by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) were preceded by an analytical report that was completed in December 2013. The team that produced this report was led by Newcastle Science City - an economic development partnership vehicle between Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council. It also involved researchers from two parts of the University - the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies and the Business School - and a consultancy firm (Innovation Bubble).

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A distinctive feature of the RIS3 for Värmland is that Gender Mainstreaming within the labour market is written into the strategy; not just as an add-on to the prioritisation of smart specialisation domains, but as an integral thread throughout the whole document. The strategy claims that Värmland is the first region in Europe to have incorporated such an analysis and policy focus into their RIS3 (Region Värmland, 2015). This direction was decided upon as part of a review of the region’s planned RIS3 with the European Commission Smart Specialisation Platform based in Seville.

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The Smart Specialisation Academy is the latest manifestation of the formal collaboration between Region Värmland and Karlstad University, and is funded by the partners for the period 2016 to 2020. It can be seen as an extension of the earlier 10 Professors Programme, but it is guided by a clearer strategy and expectations around collaboration between university and regional actors.

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