ALIA participated last November 15 in the assembly “Universities and Regional Engagement”, organized by the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in the framework of the European program Transform4Europe (T4EU) and the smaller and dependent European project called Transform 4 European Research and Innovation (T4ERI).
The attendance to the event, promoted by the University of Alicante, was aimed to present ALIA to the university community member of the project, as well as to highlight the role of ALIA as a local dynamizing agent and collaborator of the University of Alicante. At the meeting, ALIA highlighted the strengths of Alicante and the services of the agency as the main drivers of investment, entrepreneurship and establishment of new companies.
The T4EU project, is an alliance formed between several related European universities located in: Alicante, Katowice, Kaunas, Saarbrüken, Sofia, Tallinn and Triestre, which started their binding journey in November 2020.
Despite differences in size, objectives and profile, they all share a common vision of higher education as an important factor in shaping the future of Europe. The aim of the project is to create a strategic network of universities and regional social partners under the concept of a sustainable European university, sharing governance and management structures, a common vision of the entire alliance, on Higher Education in the countries of the European Union, and on the role of universities and regional social partners, as actors, in shaping the future of Europe.
ALIA’s attendance to the assembly confirmed the importance of the local dynamizing actors of the T4E ecosystem, and coincided in highlighting local agents as powerful traction engines for the mutual development of innovation and performance capacities, jointly fostering both research excellence and impact, under the common path of achieving smarter, more sustainable and competitive regions.
The T4ERI project, under the umbrella of T4EU, is engaged in designing new strategies to exploit this untapped potential for collaboration. True to the essence of the partnership, T4ERI will systematically collaborate with regional stakeholders from business and industry, culture, politics and civil society at every step of the process.
The Project Manager of the T4EU and T4ERI projects, Elen García, from the University of Alicante, considered it very advantageous for both institutions, ALIA and UA, to strengthen contacts and establish lines of work and actions that go along the same path of growth, modernity and sustainability. In the same way, she emphasized that, with these collaborations, the commitment of the region was deepened, and contributed to shed light on the lines of study and research, adapting the daily sustainable commitments of the universities with their regions.