EURASHE Community discussed Smart Specialisation Strategies in Portugal

This week EURASHE together with partners ‘Friends of Smart Specialisation’ have organised the first webinar in the series of events under the name ‘Smart UAS in Smart Regions’. The first online event was devoted to the Smart Specialisation Strategy (hereafter –S3) of Portugal.

The event was kicked off by Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE who presented activities in regional engagement field, including ongoing project UASiMAP. Alexandre Almeida from the National Innovation Agency in Portugal gave an in-depth national overview of S3 in Portugal. According to him,

there is a need of regional agents who can incorporate the national of S3 and build the bridges between the actors. Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter-UAS) are territorially bound and have a strong presence and relevance within their territory. They have the acknowledgement of the other stakeholders and could take upon this role and build the bridges between the actors. The event continued with the presentations of three Portuguese Polytechnics covering Norte, Centro and Alentejo regions who shared their institutional experience in developing and monitoring of the regional strategies.

John Edwards, Senior Adviser at the Experimentation and Evaluation Platform (PEEP) opened a panel discussion with a provocative question about why the majority of Structural funds go to traditional universities and how this situation could be balanced in the future.

The discussion was wrapped by one of the co-founders of Friends of Smarts Specialisation Dimitri Corpakis. He summarized the discussion highlighting the importance of the regional UAS who act like local brokers building bridges between business and authorities and have a strong value in the regions.

The recording of the event can be accessed here.

The next event discussion S3 in the Basque Country, Spain will take place on the 2nd of December 2020 15:00-16:30 CET on Zoom. You can register here.