The most recent round of nationwide events presenting the Territorial Innovation Platforms organised by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office and supported by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology were organised at the University of Pécs (PTE with Hungarian abbreviation).
At this event the PTE Territorial Innovation Platform was established based on university knowledge bases providing access to direct information on innovation policy and an opportunity to forge cooperation between the actors of the local innovation ecosystem and lay down new professional foundations at the same time.
István Szabó, Vice-President of NRDI Office responsible for Innovation and General Affairs, talking to journalists prior to the event said that it was of outstanding importance for universities and local small- and medium-sized enterprises to intensify their relationship.
In his welcome address delivered at the event, he emphasised that PTE was the region’s decisive knowledge basis and at the same time, the biggest employer. All conditions are met for the university to play an outstanding role in organising the renewed innovation ecosystem in the region.
Attila Miseta, Rector of PTE in his speech said that the institution was determined to strengthen innovation, therefore it needed to strengthen the relationship with market actors, to attract and retain young talents. This process, he added, may lead to an improved performance in the area of science, applied science and innovation.
Zoltán Jenei, Chancellor of PTE, emphasised that universities were fundamental elements in the process of development and they had a key role to play in increasing competitiveness.
Krisztián Jáksó, senior clinical doctor of PTE Institute of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, in his response to the question raised by MTI said that PTE had taken several steps in the past few years in order to motivate the innovation players of the region to cooperate. One of the tangible results of this cooperation is the joint initiative taken by the institution and Philips to develop solutions digitising and automating data recording, which will reduce the administrative burden on health care services.
By signing the agreement of cooperation earlier, local universities have joined the TIP programme in Miskolc, Debrecen and Győr, and next week the same opportunities will open up in Szeged and Budapest.