Sharing knowledge in Finland

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The Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) will be joining six other European regions in Finland next week for the final working conference of the Cornwall led UNICREDS (University Collaboration in Regional Development Spaces) project.

Sandra Rothwell

The findings from the conference, and the rest of the three year programme, will be presented at a closing event in Cornwall on October 25.

The conference, taking place in the city of Seinäjoki on Tuesday (June 12), will focus on how to achieve excellence in regional research and innovation, in order to drive long-term economic growth.

As well as presentations from the various Finnish hosts regarding their experiences, there will also be a keynote speech from Marc Botman, head of unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional Policy.

Sandra Rothwell, head of economic development at Cornwall Council, said: “The UNICREDS project has allowed us to share Cornwall’s experience, as well as given us a chance to learn invaluable lessons from the other European partners.

“Partnerships between universities, business and the public sector are crucial if we want to build a prosperous regional economy. The forthcoming event’s focus on excellence and innovation in research is of particular relevance, as it’s an area which we believe is key to Cornwall’s future success.”