UzhNU staff members will take part in implementation of smart-specialization in Transcarpathia
UzhNU employees, including the director of the Career Center of UzhNU Tetyana Buturlakina, the head of the National Contact Point for the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation "Horizon 2020" at UzhNU Taisiya Symochko and the coordinator of the smart-specialization process in the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Valentyn Voloshyn, have just returned from the training on the main principles of introduction of smart-specialization, which took place in Brussels. During the seminars, experts shared the information on the ways of implementation of smart-specialization and the experience of its implementation in different countries. The training took place with the support of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (JRC EC) and its goal was to train staff for interagency national smart-specialization working groups. It is expected that these working groups will manage the process of developing smart-specialization strategies in accordance with the EU principles.
The application of this new approach is defined as the key component of cooperation within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy concerning the possibility of using European structural and investment funds.
Therefore, Transcarpathia, together with other regions of Ukraine, is involved in the processes of smart-specialization, which are already running in the EU states. This approach is already applied in 12 countries, and in the pilot regions of Ukraine, including Zaporizhzhya, Odesa and Kharkiv. In order to implement smart-specialization in the Transcarpathian region there was formed a working group, consisting of experts in the fields of economics, ecology, agriculture, international economic relations and urban development.
Smart-specialization is composed of two stages - analysis and implementation. As the experience of the European countries shows, the analysis takes about a year and a half and includes such steps as the analysis of high-quality verified data, both formal and informal, and the analysis of the scientific sector. Smart-specialization involves stimulating innovative enterprises. This is an opportunity to give impetus to the scientific potential existing in the region, and the main potential is concentrated in Uzhhorod National University. A competent introduction to the area of smart-specialization increases the chances that the developments of the scientists of UzhNU will be implemented.