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Conclusions

CONCLUSIONS ON  THE TOURISM AND WATER EURO-MEDITERRANEAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS OF EXCELLENCE STRATEGIC PLAN, AS A TERRITORIAL DRIVING FORCE

  1. The European Commission emphasises that “despite having a pretty good academic quality, European universities fail in their attempt to release their potential to stimulate economic growth, social cohesion and improving the quality and quantity of employment.”
  2. In order to achieve this goal, the Spanish Government developed the International Excellence Campus (CEI) Programme, as a key strategy for universities modernization. It involves the development of projects as an aggregation of public and private stakeholders, focusing on the knowledge triangle, and acting within a certain environment (the “campus”) and over previously prioritized and productive sectorial areas.
  3. In this context, the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), the University of Girona (Girona), the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) and the “Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas” (CSIC), by means of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Blanes (CEAB), the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) and the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC), constituted the Euro-Mediterranean Tourism and Water (E-MTA) Campus with the objective of becoming an international referent in the field of innovation in sustainable tourism and water management.
  4. The economic and financial crisis was the cause that the funding needed to carry out the development of the Strategic Plan actions foreseen in the CEI program didn’t reach the same intensity as for instance in Germany or France.
  5. “La Caixa” Foundation detected the need to promote regional and sectorial strategies to establish the basis for the economic and employment recovery. Therefore, in the summer of 2012 ”La Caixa” Foundation completed the University Campus and Economic Growth Program, with the objective to rethink the role of CEIs and the value of knowledge and innovation in the regional economic development. In this year Call, the Campus e-MTA was one of four selected campuses.
  6. This objective implies something new, for what we have little experience on, and it is to ask ourselves as universities and research institutions and the business sectors and sector representatives, all together, what
    the involvement of the research institutions shall be to boost the territory. To achieve this goal the Campus e-MTA has planned, with different format, more than a hundred meetings and sessions, with wide variety of local stakeholders.
  7. This work identified a number of transformations that are taking place in the areas of Tourism and Water. These transformations are different in each of the two areas (Tourism and Water), but they share a common characteristic: they yield the need for advanced services, where research and innovation play a major role. We also acknowledged that part of the adaptation and transformation processes can be done together and that there is room and real determination for collaborate.
  8. As a result of the efforts displayed to the moment, we can highlight the following specific results: a) the agreement between the Mallorca Hotel Business Federation (FEHM) and the e-MTA Campus to develop a portfolio of projects to apply for the innovation-tourism program; b) the assignment of developing a study on the water footprint in Catalonia by the Agency Catalan Water; or c) the e-MTA Campus has joined the most relevant tourism and water National and European platforms.
  9. This interaction process has also led the Campus to rethink the cooperation actions between the two universities in the next three specific areas:
    • International PhD School, with a coordination of both universities doctoral schools. In this context, there is an already approved doctoral program in tourism between the two universities; moreover the Campus has taken the lead of the Government of Catalonia’s Industrial PhD program in the fields of water and tourism.
    • Funding for Technology Transfer, with the incorporation of two business development managers as a strategy to support research group in the organization of technology-transfer services, market surveillance, project proposal preparation, etc.
    • International Bridge, specifically in the Spanish-France border area  It is important to explain that the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Cross-Border Research and Higher Education Pole (PRES-PM) is in a process of conversion to a European Group for Territorial Cooperation and University Cooperation – PM.
  10. The results achieved so far can be considered as promising, both in terms of the development of a strategy, and due to the tangible outcomes already achieved, that are expected to increase as the Campus develops the actions and projects specified in the Strategic Plan.

Proyecto financiado por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte en el marco del Programa Campus de Excelencia Internacional

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