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Presentation by Francesc Xavier Grau i Vidal, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain, on the occasion of the EESC workshop on Universities for Europe (Brussels, 13 June 2014)

Presentation by Francesc Xavier Grau i Vidal, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain, on the occasion of the EESC workshop on Universities for Europe (Brussels, 13 June 2014)

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  • 1. Universities for Europe – Identifying, enhancing and promoting their role in city and regional development Francesc Xavier Grau Universitat Rovira i Virgili Brussels, 20 June 2014
  • 2. University Mission  To improve regional organisation and widen participation in higher education.  To encourage critical thought, freedom and pluralism.  To provide life-long quality education and training.  To generate growth.  To promote responsible and sustainable human development in southern Catalonia, through independent research and the transmission and application of knowledge.  To emphasise the universality of knowledge and internationalisation. To constitute an international pole of knowledge that, from its strategic position at the meeting of the Mediterranean arch and the Ebro valley and its specialisation in a set of scientific fields, contributes decisively to the involvement of Catalonia and Spain in the cultural, social and economical development of the world . Vision “to place knowledge at the service of society so as to contribute to the social and economic development of our environment”
  • 3. The role of engagement with civil society globally and locally within the mission KEY ELEMENTS • Internal evaluation of research groups, based on outputs (stress on WoS pub) + External evaluation of individual research performance, requirement for PI’s, supervision of thesis, etc.  base financing of research in departments • The research and academic staff commitment agreement • Measurement and Monitoring AREA 1 CULTURAL OUTREACH AREA 2 SOCIAL, VOLUNTARY WORK, COOPERATION AND SERVICE LEARNING AREA 5 KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AREA 4 SOCIO ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND GOVERNANCE AREA 3 REGIONAL INTERNATIO- NALISATION SOCIETY AND REGION TRANSVERSAL AREA ORGANISATION AND RESOURCES UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE THIRD MISSION OF THE URV Economic Territorial 2009 3,657 12.00 3.60 0.90 2010 3,994 14.00 4.40 0.80 2011 3,886 15.00 4.50 0.90 2012 3,950 15.00 3.90 0.80 €/M€GDP %municipalitiesinvolved %Population>25involved StudentsLLL%pop(25-65) Social IMPACTof3MACTIVITIES TOTAL Area1 Area2 Area3 Area4 Area5 Trans.Area 53.1% 77% 52% 59% 37% 49% 25% 62.4% 79% 60% 74% 54% 57% 25% 62.3% 61% 60% 77% 58% 60% 25% 69.0% 73% 58% 89% 67% 69% 45% 3MSTRATEGICPLANACHIEVEMENT
  • 4. The internal structure and organisation to support civic engagement Social Programes • Extended campus: • 17 knowledge antennas and 22 Open Classrooms for Elderly, in > 20 municipalities: • URV Citizenship: specific program for people over 55 years of age • Service-Learning Program • Extra-mural activities: • University Choir • URV Choral and Orchestra • URV Hiking • Theatre, Art, Cinema Groups Transfer of Knowledge • Center for Transfer of Knowledge & Center for Continuous Education (URV Foundation); • 4 Technological Centers (URV Priority areas: Nutrition&Health, Chemistry, Tourism, Oenology), supported by URV-F • 12 University-Industry Chairs (Sustainable Development, Entrepreneurship, Industrial Innovation, Data Privacy, Local and Regional Economy, Local Legal Studies, Environmental Law, Social Inclusion…) • Tarragona Region of Knowledge Office (Support to industries to raise funds for research) All activities are included, and valued, in the Academic Staff Commitment Agreement
  • 5. The internal and external barriers to civic engagement Internal Barriers/Difficulties • Governance: Approval procedures for allocation of resources in a system that is economically stressed (by definition) and exceptionally “democratic” • Academic Staff priorities on research and, especially now, raising funds for research • Adequate balance of resources and efforts (assure teaching and research quality; high pressure with funding cuts of 30% 2010-2014) External Barriers/Difficulties • Promotion of Academic Staff driven by criteria external to URV, homogeneous to all Spanish universities • Salaries established also by law, common to all Spanish universities •  Difficulties in establishing incentives and recognition schemes (Overcomed by the ASCA) • Complexity of the region governance (Twin cities, no supra-municipal structure) • Diversity of economical sectors that compete for resources (land, water, air… Chemistry, Tourism, Viticulture..)
  • 6. How EU policies can help deliver the civic mission • 280 NUTS2 regions (from pop. 10 M to 10 k, mean 1 M) following RIS3 : Exigency of engagement of a Civic Research University to apply for structural funds oriented to innovation and economic development • Horizon 2020: Introduce the value of regional impact assessment as additional criteria: synergies with Structural funds • Synergies between FP7, the CIP and the Cohesion Policy Funds. Final report of the Expert group (SEG): Future national/regional Operational Programs related to RTDI, especially in convergence regions, should have a clear orientation on: – Promoting local-global connectedness; – Enhancing cooperation between academia and industry focused on the support of clusters; – Improving and developing capabilities and skills for research, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as giving high priority to the advancement of vocational training, – Promoting the modernization of universities and research and technology organizations, including professionalization of human resource development for research, upgrading and renewing advanced research equipment; – Including Research Infrastructures and Regional Partner Facilities in the regional development strategies.
  • 7. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION Francesc Xavier Grau i Vidal Universitat Rovira i Virgili francescxavier.grau@urv.cat www.urv.cat