On Tuesday 10 May, EURASHE’s Vice-President and upcoming Secretary-General, Michal Karpíšek, met with prof. Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.
One of the topics of the meeting was the upcoming conference on regional development and cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises in the region. The role of higher education institutions in the region, innovation, research and the application of acquired knowledge to real life issues are of concern both to Slovakia and throughout Europe; it will be one of the priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting 1 July 2016.
“The theme is very interesting. Research activities of higher education institutions and their translation into innovative activities of enterprises represent a mutually beneficial collaboration for both parties”, the Slovak Minister said when expressing his support to the event to be co-organised by EURASHE and the Slovak Ministry within the second half of 2016.
The conference will aim to provide more information on, among others, how higher education institutions have supported regional business development, but also what businesses can expect from higher education institutions. Organising an international conference under the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union would significantly contribute to the enhancement of this mutually beneficial cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprise.
[adapted from Slovak on the ministry’s website here]