Cross-border learning region: examination of unive.. (LearningRegion)
Cross-border learning region: examination of universities' possible role in the economic development of the Hungarian-Serbian cross-border region
Start date: Nov 14, 2011,
End date: Nov 13, 2012
The primary objective of the project is to unfold how universities could fill the role of engines for economic development in the cross-border region, a function that entitles them to be the forerunners of a learning region, which works successfully in developed countries. A further objective is the wide dissemination of findings. Thanks to reliable research data collected in the course of the on-field surveying carried out in the project, development programmes and actions can be designed based on relevant problems and real development needs. Furthermore, the project contributes to the strengthening of cooperation among companies, research institutions and enterprise development organisations in the Hungary-Serbia cross-border region. This may in the longer run help the creation and dispersion of cross-border innovation and economic development. Eventually, the enhanced competitiveness of the cross-border region is targeted. Achievements: The primary objective of the project was to discover how universities could be driving factors of economic development in the cross-border region. This is a role that entitles them to be the forerunners of a learning region, an idea which works successfully in economically developed countries. Thanks to the reliable research data that was collected in the course of surveying carried out as part of the project, development programmes and actions solving relevant problems and addressing real development needs were created. On the basis of the research conducted in Hungary and Serbia, the project partners developed their final study, Salient characteristics of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises regarding the concept of learning regions in the Hungarian- Serbian cross-border area. The authors outlined the situation with respect to entrepreneurship education within the Hungarian-Serbian Cross-Border Region, the innovative activities of knowledge-intensive companies in both countries and attitudes towards creativity and tolerance in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. After presenting their results, they formulated suggestions for improving the cross-border region. The partners promoted the project through the media, printed materials and joint conferences. Furthermore, the project contributes to the strengthening of cooperation among companies, research institutions and enterprise development organisations in the Hungary-Serbia cross-border region. The results of project partners research could form the basis for universities to assume a more active role in economic development. The practical implementation of the results could in the long run lead to the improvement of the regions competitiveness.
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