1st May 2016 to 30th April 2018  

The project will make operative the alignment of high education institutions (HEI) in regional smart specialisation strategies. It will collect best practices to showcase with example how better do this involvement. EURADA is part of the advisory board of the project.

The Smart specialisation approach combines industrial, educational and innovation policies for countries/regions to identify and select a limited number of priority areas for knowledge-based investments, focusing on their strengths and comparative advantages.
Smart specialisation processes need to be based on a strong partnership between businesses, public entities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), essential for success.

The role of HEIs in smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) is a current challenge that the EC aims to tackle, in order to maximise the impact that HEIs may have in the design and implementation of successful RIS3.

Thinking Smart sets out an innovative objective: support HEIs in contributing to and benefiting from Smart Specialisation strategies.

Coordinator: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

More information: http://thinkingsmart.utad.pt/