Agreement of Cooperation


Professor Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., University of Rijeka Rector, and Mr. Zlatko Komadina, Head of the Primorje-Gorski kotar County, signed the Agreement of Cooperation in the Field of Smart Specialization on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at the Aula Magna Hall at the University of Rijeka Rectorate. The Agreement will create an institutional framework for implementation of activities within the recommended model of the European Union. Also present at the signing were the heads of County departments, heads of County institutions, members of the UNIRI Senate, Madam Rector's assistants and counselors, as well as the heads of the UNIRI centers.

In accordance with the European Union's cohesion policy, the University of Rijeka, as the primary high education and scientific institution in the region, and the Primorje-Gorski kotar County, as a regional self-governing body, are to establish a strong mutual cooperation in the creation of a regional scientific-research and innovation-development ecosystem through a joint Smart Specialization Strategy (3S).

The Agreement was signed in order to create an inter-institutional framework in the field of smart specialization as a common platform for regional development, and future action and cooperation in the areas of public health and quality of life through meeting the criteria of innovation to strengthen the openness of society and greater inclusiveness of citizens. This collaboration also includes opportunities for cooperation in the field of culture, areas of bio, nano and information technology, energy and transport, with respect for the norms and standards that guarantee sustainable development and relying on natural and traditional resources, and tourism.

Madam Rector touched upon the weak position of the Republic of Croatia on the European Regional Competitiveness Index and expressed her satisfaction with the fact that the University of Rijeka and the Primorje-Gorski kotar were the first to recognize the need for such institutional cooperation with a common goal of transforming the economy and increasing competitiveness.

Mr. Komadina mentioned the former cooperation between the University and the County and pointed out the importance of synergy between these two institutions, particularly in the context of applying science and research in practice. Joint action will enable the development of the region's economy, which is a prerequisite for ensuring the quality of life for all citizens.

Professor Alen Ružić, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Rector for Science, emphasized that the key for the smart specialization platform lies in the fact that the European Commission does not want to finance non-productive development and that by 2020 it will be necessary for every applicant for European projects to demonstrate the priorities of the region in which the funds are invested.




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