ii. Cross-border agreements

As part of the preparatory actions for the cross-border campus, the University of Gerona and the University of the Balearic Islands lead a joint proposal that will certainly provide strategic value and be particularly relevant for the International Campus of Excellence projects at our universities.

On 22 March 2010, a framework collaboration agreement was signed in Girona between these Spanish universities and two French universities, the University of Perpignan Via- Domitia (UPVD) and the Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI (UPMC) University, the latter through its Banyuls-Sur-Mer Oceanological Observatory. This agreement was signed with the aim of systematising, consolidating and strengthening an already existing cooperation between the universities, through the creation of a Pyrenees-Mediterranean Cross-Border Research and Higher Education Group in Spain and a cross-border Pôle de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur in France, in compliance with current legislation and regulations in both countries and possible agreements between the respective ministries. This framework agreement has become a reality by its by-laws and a strategic plan being drawn up, partially financed with funds from the Reinforcement 2010 programme and has obtained more financing in the 2011 call.

Sharing a territory between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean and having the same approach for research and higher education has led to these universities, so geographically and culturally close to each other, developing collaborations and partnerships in the fields of education, research and culture for many years. This cooperation has been integrated into the European Higher Education Area, the European Research Area and the Euro Mediterranean and Cross-Border Cooperation area.

This e-MTA Campus was created with the aim of becoming a driving force in the PRES-PM. The project is supported by wide-ranging institutional and bilateral cooperation, already existing on both sides of the border. The INTERREG programmes (on languages, law, economics, heritage, health, the environment, education), of which we can highlight, with relation to the specialisation fields, the ETFERFASO, TRANSVERSALIS, EICT, CULTUR-PRO and RES’PIR1 projects, represent one of the main instruments for this interregional, cross-border and transnational cooperation as part of the main objectives of European cohesion policies (2007-13).

This perspective enlarges the scale of responsibilities of the four universities and leads them to intensifying their collaboration within the framework of a coordinated policy. A cross-border and associative CEI will enable students to be offered a wide range of training itineraries of excellence, both disciplinary and multidisciplinary, and it will allow researchers to join forces and share knowledge in order to plan and carry out joint and multidisciplinary research projects. Accentuating the specific European, Mediterranean and cross-border nature will favour spreading knowledge and international appeal.

Promoting the PRES-PM will also favour a strong and visible higher education and research group being set up, with more than 50,000 students and 4,000 teachers and researchers. In summary, it is an international training and research network that is clearly identified in this cross-border and Euro-Mediterranean area.

Once the PRES-PM had been created in 2010 by the 4 promoting universities, the plan was to widen its geographical scope and encourage associated institutions to join it. This involves other universities and public and private higher education and research institutions and institutions or bodies with strategic objectives to develop higher education.

With regard to the other centres in the group, the Scientific and Technological Park of Gerona belongs to the Catalan and the Spanish park networks, in addition to the Tech Park Alliance network, with technological groups in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Holland and the United Kingdom. We can also highlight the BIOBAL cluster located in the ParcBit in Palma, which is part of the Biocluster of Southern Europe. With regard to ICRA, although it has only been recently set up, it has already achieved international prestige, on the one hand, thanks to its scientific advisory committee and, on the other hand, due to the prestige of the senior researchers who supervise the research lines.


1 EEFERFASO: Health and social research, TRANSVERSALIS: University and employment, EICT (collaboration of research groups), CULTUR-PRO (teaching of French and Catalan), RES’PIR: Training tourism professionals

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