Seville and Malaga sign a collaboration protocol the same day as A-TECH's 5th anniversary

Andalucía TECH Board of Trustees analyses future actions
Thu, 22/10/2015

The International Campus of Excellence (ICE) Andalucía TECH celebrated its fifth anniversary this week. To mark the event, a meeting was held with the Board of Trustees at the University of Seville to take stock of the past five years and set future actions.

The foundation of this ICE saw the start of a successful collaboration between the cities Seville and Malaga. On 21st October, the same day as Andalucía TECH's 5th anniversary, the mayors from both cities, Juan Espada and Francisco de la Torre, signed the Seville-Malaga development plan at the University of Seville.

Both mayors recently agreed to work with Andalucía TECH to transform the ICE into an urban laboratory of projects, which would in turn create the most appealing innovation plan in Europe. The signing of the collaboration protocol between Seville and Malaga represents progress for this field. The Andalusian minister of economics and knowledge, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano, the presidents of Seville and Malaga county councils, Fernando Rodríguez Villalobos and Elías Bendodo, and the vice chancellors of the University of Seville, Miguel Ángel Castro, and the University of Malaga, José Ángel Narváez, also attended the function.

Andalucía TECH was founded with the clear objective of being a long-term initiative. Five years ago, the universities of Seville and Malaga came together to draw up a Strategic Plan that focussed on both of the institutions' strong points, the needs of the region's most innovative companies and the campus's social dimension. The credibility of the model and Strategic Plan was proven today. Furthermore, the changes prompted by Andalucía TECH in the lead universities have invariably transformed them.

This Strategic Plan has meant that Andalucía TECH's surrounds are in tune with the Andalusian RIS3 strategy (research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation). The Andalusian government has labelled the ICE as being "the perfect tool for implementing the action plan that will attract investment, innovation and employment in our region."

Looking ahead, joint-campus consolidation means that the new joint degrees will continue being developed, as demand increases year-on-year. Furthermore, the academic courses on offer in the Postgraduate and Doctorate International Schools will be awarded the Andalucía TECH Seal of Quality, while a job opportunities program for doctors and technologists will also be launched to develop research in the industrial sector.

The knowledge transfer promotion plan and several plans to attract talent, improvements to research and its infrastructures will all continue to undergo development. The actions taken by Andalucía TECH since 2010 have strengthened academia-industry relations in such a way that neither would work without the other. Favourable figures associated with the creation of spin-offs and patent registrations, the high demand for enterprising work spaces and the number of attendees at business idea competitions and hackathons are proof alone of how successful the actions for fomenting entrepreneurship have been.

The ICE's international approach will continue to focus on its internationalisation strategy with Asia and America. The good relations with the University of Berkeley (UCB), the agreement with Harvard University and the Andalucía TECH headquarters at Incheon National University (South Korea) will facilitate the exchange of talent and knowledge, and implement innovation and cooperation projects.

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