Universities want “decentralized” management of European funding
Portuguese universities will meet again next Tuesday in Porto to discuss the promotion of a “more decentralized” management of European funding that supports projects between companies and universities, was announced today.
According to the president of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities (CRUP), António Fontainhas Fernandes, quoted in the communiqué, the “first priority of the university agenda for the next decade [2020-2030] will be to promote the development of regions where they are and that, for this reason, the CRUP will “demand” the Government that European funding of innovation and research projects “continue in future regional operational programs.”
Fontainhas Fernandes, also dean of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), added that the decentralization of funds, promoted by Portugal 2020, was “very positive for the articulation between universities and companies“, for ” dynamics of digital transformation “, as well as for the” incubation and business competitiveness “in recent years.
“The record for the use of European funds by universities in 2018, more than 300 million from various sources, was only possible due to decentralized management,” notes Fontainhas Fernandes.
The approach of academic and scientific systems to companies, public administration and cultural agents is the theme of the third session of the Higher Education Convention, which will take place at the Rectory of the University of Porto, on the 9th.
“The great question that the convention will discuss in Porto is what needs to be done so that the knowledge generated in universities will produce more and better effects on the economy and on society … In the next ten years universities must reinforce their positioning in the development of the country, increasing the level of wealth and attenuating the macrocephaly of the territory, “says the Rector.
The session, which brings together presidents, researchers and entrepreneurs, will be attended by the Prime Minister, António Costa, scheduled for 10:00 a.m., and Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, present at the closing panel.
The UTAD rector said that before the presence of the rulers will be required that all “temptations to centralize are avoided,” adding that “partnerships between universities and the business system work so much better the less they need to go to Lisbon to solve problems“.
The Higher Education Convention, sponsored by the CRUP, started at ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in January, at a session whose theme was the 50% increase in the number of young people attending higher education in the next ten years, followed by , on March 15, the second session at the University of Aveiro, dedicated to the discussion of teaching and research binomial.