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Universities are increasingly expected to provide contributions 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.

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 the 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


Gain insights into the roles of universities in driving regional development


Learn from good practise examples of multi-dimensional holistic cooperation for regional development


Insights into the challenges and potential solutions in facilitating universities’ in regional innovation ecosystems

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Expert Panel

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. He has been a Professor in Innovation Studies at the UiS Business School since 2013. Fitjar received his PhD in Government from the London School of Economics in 2007. He was the project leader for the EU-funded network on The Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development (RUNIN).

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.

David Brukardt 

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

David Brukardt is Associate Vice President of Corporate Relations and Economic Engagement at the University of Wisconsin System. In this position, he serves as the UW System’s lead economic development official, working to strengthen relationships between the UW System and businesses and to connect researchers among the various campuses to drive economic growth.

Enrico Jacobs 

CEO of 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.

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