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Territorial Innovation Platform established at the University of Debrecen
13 November 2019
Modified: 20 November 2019
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Nationwide events presenting the Territorial Innovation Platforms (TIP) organised by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office and supported by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology were launched. Local universities also joined the programme by signing the declaration of cooperation in Budapest and in 5 other cities. Today TIP was also set up at the University of Debrecen.

The objective of the series of events is to promote regional organisations all over the country, which are based on University knowledge bases providing, on the one hand, 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, on the other.

With a view to the future performance and competitiveness of the reformed Hungarian innovation ecosystem, it is of outstanding importance for the relationships between the actors, policy-makers, institutions of higher education and research, enterprises and professional organisations to strengthen locally and increase the innovation capacity of a region along a smart specialisation strategy. Therefore, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office - based on university hubs and concentrating on the major strengths of the actors who have a decisive role to play in the regional innovation environment - wishes to provide new meeting points within the framework of a series of events related to Territorial Innovation Platforms which - taking a new approach - will promote the flow of information, the transfer of knowledge, cooperation and forging professional relations. The series of events shall be organised with the participation of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office and the Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research.

The University of Debrecen as a regional knowledge hub and source of innovation set the objective of the practical use of research findings, making the technology transfer more efficient and setting up partnerships to facilitate regional innovation processes and their efficient functioning. Over the past decade, the institution has been in the focus of a very well-structured industrial cooperation with the participation of the University, the corporate sector through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the regional government and financial institutions. The University of Debrecen had a role to play in the establishment and operation of five clusters, first in the area of the pharmaceutical industry, then food industry, thermal and curative tourism, sport and energy, and information technology.

“We have established a system of cooperation organised horizontally at the level of a cluster, and an internal vertical system, often organised along the innovation chain. As a result, the University acquired partners such as, for example, the world famous university of technical science, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)” - emphasised Professor Dr. Zoltán Szilvássy, Rector.

The University cooperates with hundreds of enterprises within clusters, but it has contractual or other relationships with significantly more, approximately 1, 500 actors from the corporate sector. Over the past few years, giant multinational companies also appeared in the environment of the University of Debrecen, including General Electric, Rosatom, Thyssenkrupp, Krones, Continental, Microsoft, National Instruments, QuintilesIMS and the Ganz Group.

“The University of Debrecen has a ready-made concept concerning the use of knowledge: through the findings in thematic areas and due to knowledge accumulated earlier, we would also like to realise business profits for the university, the city and the whole country. In relation to this, the University disposes of a scientific-technology industrial park covering 70 hectares, which we would like to operate not only by selling parts of it, but in a more valuable way, through the use of knowledge.” - said Professor Dr. Zoltán Bács, Chancellor.

Katalin Sebők, Vice-President of the NRDI Office responsible for research and development, emphasised: “The University of Debrecen is a knowledge base of decisive importance in the region, where research-development and innovation findings follow the logic of the market, so all the conditions are met for the University to play a leading role in organising the renewed innovation ecosystem of the region.”

In order to facilitate the cooperation between the participants, the nationwide series of events launched in November wishes to address the broadest possible range of the most important innovation actors of the region, including universities, research institutes, large companies, SMEs, start-ups, clusters, incubators, accelerators, business angels, national networks of chambers.

For the details of individual events and registration, please visit

Venues and dates:

  • 12.11.2019 Miskolc
    University of Miskolc, Tudásvagyon Hasznosítás Igazgatóság, Building C/2, VI. hajó XXXIV. Auditorium,
    3515 Miskolc, Egyetemváros
  • 13.11.2019. Debrecen
    University of Debrecen Main Building, 3rd floor gallery
    4032 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1.
  • 19.11.2019. Győr
    Széchenyi István University, Management Campus
    9026 Győr, Egyetem tér 1.
  • 22.11.2019. Pécs
    University of Pécs, Dr. Halasy-Nagy József Hall
    7622 Pécs, Rákóczi út 80.
  • 26.11.2019.
    University of Szeged, Rector’s building, Hall, 2nd floor
    6720 Szeged, Dugonics tér 13

Debrecen, 13 November 2019

Territorial Innovation Platforms, Debrecen - 13 November, 2019
A new nationwide series of events entitled “Territorial Innovation Platforms (TIP)” is launched in November by the National Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI) Office, with the policy support of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Updated: 20 November 2019
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