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Universities as Motors of Regional Development Sydney: 00.30am-2am (Wed 4th Nov)
Amsterdam: 2.30-4pm
New York: 8.30-10am
5th November 2020


Universities are increasingly expected to contibute to regional innovation and economic development processes. With the ongoing pandemic and growing challenges, we see how universities have been instrumental in regenerating their regions in the aftermath of the previous crises, moving beyond transferring technologies and towards the co-creation of knowledge and driving strategic development. Universities are an immediate element of a world of innovation in which the coordination and orchestration of knowledge creation are at the centre of a dialogue that stretches from the students all the way to the management of companies of different sizes as well as communities.

Interested in learning new perspectives on the importance of open innovation and trustful collaboration to meet the challenges of society? Join our webinar on Universities as the Motors of Regional Development, and get insights into drivers and barriers as well as successful strategies towards the development of Regional Innovation Ecosystems.

What you will learn


Insights into the roles of universities in driving regional development


Insights into good practice examples of multi-dimensional holistic cooperation for regional development


A deeper understanding of the challenges and potential solutions in facilitating universities’ in regional development

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Interested in joining the webinar and an international network of professionals passionate about regional development?

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Expert Panel

David Brukardt

Associate Vice President Corporate Relations & Economic Engagement at University of Wisconsin System

David A. Brukardt is Associate Vice President of Corporate Relations and Economic Engagement for the University of Wisconsin System. He leads the UW System Office of Economic Development, developed in 2012 to connect UW faculty and staff talent, innovative spirit, and entrepreneurial energy within Wisconsin.

Enrico Jacobs 

CEO at Belgium Campus iTversity

Enrico Jacobs is the CEO of Belgium Campus iTversity in Sounth Africa. Founded by Enrico and Jan Rombouts in 1999, the Campus strives to alleviate the educational and unemployment challenges in South Africa, specifically by aiding candidates in meeting the critical skills needs in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

Joanne Curry 

Vice President, External Relations at Simon Fraser University

Dr Joanne Curry is Simon Fraser University’s Vice President, External Relations. I this position she oversees a wide range of activities and initiatives including university communications and marketing, government relations and community engagement at all three university campuses.

Rune Dahl Fitjar

Pro-rector for Innovation and Society at the University of Stavanger

Rune Dahl Fitjar is the Pro-Rector for Innovation and Society at the University of Stavanger and a Professor of Innovation Studies. He leads an EU-funded Innovative Training Network on the Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development (RUNIN).

Arno Meerman

CEO & Founder of the University Industry Innovation Network

Arno Meerman is the founder and CEO of the University Industry Innovation Network, a leading network that conducts research, provides events and training, and consults government, universities, and industry on university-industry interaction. In his role, Arno has built UIIN to one of the largest networks on university-industry interaction globally.

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