International Bodensee University supporting eRegion Development in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland

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Presentation at the Danube eRegion Conference - DeRC, Ljubljana, 20. Sept. 2011

Presentation at the Danube eRegion Conference - DeRC, Ljubljana, 20. Sept. 2011

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  • 1. International Bodensee Universitysupporting eRegion Development inAustria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland Danube eRegion Conference - DeRC Ljubljana, 20. September 2011 Hans-Dieter Zimmermann FHS St. Gallen, University of Applied Sciences, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2. AgendaBuilding an eRegion:Experiences from the Bodensee (Lake Constance) RegionInternationale Bodensee Hochschule IBHConclusions 2
  • 3. DeRC – Yesterday‘s Facebook Discussion“The New Club of Paris is the agenda developerfor the Knowledge Economy. The Club’s mainobjective is to create awareness on what theknowledge society is and will be, and alsosupport nations, regions, cities, communitiesorganizations and companies in their into the Knowledge Economy.” 3
  • 4. „eRegion Emergence and Impact“ Electronic Markets - Vol 17 (4) (2007) „As a concept, eRegion denotes Information Technology (IT)- supported initiatives that transcend traditional borders and boundaries.“ [Joze Gricar, Yao-Hua Tan, Doug Vogel, Rolf T. Wigand: 2007 (] 4
  • 5. The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region 5
  • 6. The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region 6
  • 7. The Electronic Mall Bodensee (EMB) – ExperiencesBottom Up development of an electronic marketplace… understood as an open agora… with a strong regional focus… covering parts three countries (Austria, Germany, and Switzerland)... by regional initiatives. First electronicmarketplace in Europewith a strong regional focusFirst Online June 1995 7
  • 8. EMB - the PioneerStart of project: January 1995Online: June 1995Initiated by Regional politics University of St. Gallen, SwitzerlandSupported by Federal and local governments in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland Business Development Agencies Businesses UniversitiesIdea of an Open Agora: Platform for businesses, citizens and households,government, non-profit organizationsSupported by the EU (Interreg II)Developed in cooperation with research, government, and industry 8
  • 9. EMB - ImpactEmergence of a new media – friendly environmentEmergence of new media companies as University Spin Offs(e.g., Namics, Crealogix)Settlement of new media companies through regional economicdevelopment agencyeGoverment projects initiated by the regional governmentFoundation of the Institute for Media and Communications Management atthe University of St. Gallen, supported by Bertelsmann (1998) EMB initiative as a driving force of the Internet development within the region 9
  • 10. EMB - ImpactBut: Platform as such did not succeedsReasons? Too early People Technology Different strategies, perspectives, and motivations within the different involved regions Bound to national political agendas Different pace Different priorities Different funding options No common agenda or strategy 10
  • 11. eSociety Bodensee 2020 - Project ProposalMain goal:Preparation of a strategy for open societal innovationwithin the Bodensee regionSubmitted to IBH – Internationale Bodensee HochschuleMain partners: Zeppelin University, Germany University of Liechtenstein FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland 11
  • 13. A network of 29 universities and colleges Cooperating across borders in the region of Lake Constance • 10 states/ cantons in 4 countries D-A-CH-FL • About 3.9 Mio. inhabitants
  • 14. History 2000 the foundation rectors established the Regional Rector Conference 2002 the Regional Rector Conference was extended to become the guiding body of the IBH. It became the so- called "Cooperation Council" with a chairman and deputies. 2010 10 years anniversaryIBH | PPT_Templates | 20.09.2011 | Seite 14
  • 15. IBH Facts & FiguresTill now 60 transnational projects have been stimulatedover 400 Students are subscribed to IBH-Masters annuallyover 500 alumni profit directly from the offers of the IBHnetworkannually Budget is 645.000 € (IBK sponsored) plus max.500.000 € via INTERREG IV 2009 - 2013
  • 16. International Region of Lake Constance + 10 states/cantons in 4 countries D-A-CH-FL + About 3.9 Mio. inhabitants + Drinking water reservoir for about 5 Mio. people + Tourism destination for 10 Mio. people p.a. + Average population density 300-700 p/km²IBH | PPT_Templates | 20.09.2011 | Seite 16
  • 17. International Lake Constance ConferenceInternationale Bodensee Konferenz (IBK) First Lake Constance Conference in 1972 + Enhancements in 1993 (AR, AI) and 1998 (ZH, FL) IBK-Statutes + budget with fixed distribution key + Annual rotation of precidency + Coordination Office for administration and public relations Aims: Promoting and preserving the quality of living, the natural surroundings, cultural diversity and economical potential of the Lake Constance region.IBH | PPT_Templates | 20.09.2011 | Seite 17
  • 18. International Lake Constance ConferenceIBH | PPT_Templates | 20.09.2011 | Seite 18
  • 19. Objectives: IBH a network to enhance+ Transnational mobility (students, researchers …)+ Joint projects across various school types+ Regional and transregional visibility+ Knowledge and technology transfer between schools and between schools and the region (SME)+ Projects with a high relevance for the regional development
  • 20. ExampleKnowledge and technology transfer
  • 21. Creation or enhancement of new networks + To stimulate research + Enhancing synergies + Promote/create new multidisciplinary networks/ projects + Encouraging sharing knowledge and expertise over boundaries
  • 22. Cooperation in projects+ More than 60 projects since 1999 + Accumulation of structure + Research and development + Transfer of knowledge and technology + Cooperative study courses+ Example: Master in „School Development“ + Cooperation of 5 universities of education from 3 countries + Shapes the high demand of qualification in the area of formation + Sustainable financing with funds of the IBH + fully booked coursesIBH | PPT_Templates | 20.09.2011 | Seite 22
  • 23. ConclusionsRegional initiatives require broad support of main players: Government, businesses, research, …Universities or University-networks might play a major rolein creating eRegions … but governmental support is crucial !ICT as ONE means in the sense of necessary infrastructure … supporting the defined strategy goalsRegional initiatives need to meet a demand of societies 23
  • 24. ContactHans-Dieter ZimmermannFHS St. Gallen University of Applied SciencesInstitute for Information and Process Management IPM-FHSTeufener Strasse 2, 9000 St. Gallen, SchwitzerlandTel. +41 71 228 ,,, @hdzimmermann