Welcome to the 7th edition of the EUniverCities Newsletter
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EUniverCities Newsletter

Edition 7 (Friday, 13 May 2016)

Welcome to the 7th edition of the EUniverCities Newsletter

Find out the latest updates about the EUniverCities Network.
In this edition you can read the report of our last meeting in Norrköping and Linköping in November 2015. You also get insight information about the upcoming Network Meeting in Parma (Italy) from 7-10 June 2016.
Furthermore, this newsletter also contains information about Italian partnerships, construction of the International Student House in Delft and the Live Baltic Campus project.
Also EUniverCities will be actively present at the EU Urban Forum in Amsterdam on 30 May and at the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, 10-13 October 2016.

Enjoy reading this newsletter!


City of Delft
Department of Urban and Economic Development

Patrick van Geel & 
Margie Burger 

PO Box 78
NL - 2600 ME Delft
The Netherlands

+31 15 260 2513
+31 15 219 7482


EUniverCities Network Meeting
Report and video Norrköping and Linköping (24-27 November 2015)

From 24-27 November 2015 the EUniverCities Network Meeting took place in Norrköping and Linköping, Sweden. The meeting consisted of Interactive Seminars and a Peer Review Meeting. Main topic of the peer review meeting was “A Civic University and Academic Cities”.

Willem van Winden has written a report on this meeting, which you can download here.
Also a short video has been made of the meeting. 
EUniverCities Network Meeting
Parma (7-10 June 2016)

From 7-10 June the next EUC Network meeting will be held in Parma, Italy. Central theme of the meeting is “A Tale of a University City: How to create an attractive brand?”

The Municipality and the University have identified branding as a key strategy and have just started their work on this topic. The Municipality is focusing its attention on Food, seen as yet the most recognizible brand of Parma in the world; the University is focusing on how Parma is seen and lived by students and families.
The challenge for both Municipality and University is how to communicate the experience of living, studying and visiting Parma through its colours, flavours and tastes. 

If you would like to find out more: the programme of the meeting can be downloaded here.
Italian cities and universities increase cooperation

Cooperation between local authorities and universities can, when appropriately organized, be very beneficial. At the international conference “The University and the City. An Agenda for the New Century”, held in Pavia, September 2015, cooperation issues were debated.
The meeting – jointly organised by the Conference of Italian University Rectors and the University of Pavia – was divided into three sections. The first section hosted the key speeches on the theme by John Goddard, Newcastle University, Edna Cristina Bonilla Sebá, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer. The second section was dedicated to parallel sessions addressing the relationship between the university and the city in four domains: urban context and cultural heritage, innovation & development, health, and students. Rectors, academics, students, professionals, entrepreneurs, mayors and city managers introduced the sessions. The Rectors of the University of Roma Tre, the Polytechnic of Turin, the University of Brescia, and the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, and the Mayors or Deputy Mayors of the cities of Pisa, Ferrara, Lecce and Naples animated the final plenary.
The conference – which was attended by more than 300 participants among which representatives of more than 60 Italian universities, a dozen of Italian cities and a dozen of foreign universities – produced a joint declaration by the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI). The declaration was named “The Protocol of Pavia” after the city that hosted the meeting and contains a set of objectives to stand as a shared platform for initiatives to be developed by universities and cities in the coming years.

This 'Protocol of Pavia' gives an important contribution to the collaboration between cities and universities at the national level but it may also be an interesting term of reference for other cities and universities across Europe.

International Student House in Delft comes to life

Last January, Student housing corporation DUWO started the construction of the International Student House (ISH) in Delft. The ISH will be home to 330 rooms for international students, a student café and commercial premises offering services to students. Apart from living, the facility provides an environment for international students to meet and interact with other international and Dutch students. It will be a major hub for international students to live and explore the city and give buzz to Delft. The venue is located at the northern end of the DUT Campus, i.e. close to the historic city center, and establishes a kind of natural bridge between different neighborhoods.

During the EUniverCities URBACT project’s Final Conference, March 2015, the International Student House was presented as one the specific Delft cases for city-university partnership. Part of the comments and criticisms put forward by conference participants were taken into account to improve the blue print of the ISH plans.
The first pile of the building was drilled into the ground on 14 January by Mr Lennart Harpe (Vice Mayor for Transport, Built Environment and Railway Area) and Mrs Anka Mulder (Vice President Education & Operations of the Delft University of Technology). Construction is expected to be completed end 2016.

Clicke here for more information (Dutch only).

Live Baltic Campus meets EUniverCities

Sustainable campus development is becoming a major topic for higher education institutions across Europe. Many European campuses are either built centuries ago in historic city centers or erected some kilometers outside cities since the 1970s. In both cases constant maintenance is required to keep facilities updated and compete with universities to attract talent.

A consortium of universities and decentralized governments from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden explore ways to improve cooperation and campus development is one of the topics of interest. The consortium works together in the Live Baltic Campus project (ERDF / Central Baltic INTERREG) and approached the EUC secretariat if it would welcome 30 people for a special site visit to Delft, last March. Alexandra den Heijer, Delft University of Technology’s associate professor Real Estate Management, delivered a presentation on Delft’s Faculty of Architecture reconstruction and European campus comparisons. The group walked across the DUT campus visiting the Faculty of Industrial Design and the iconic library. The EUC secretariat provided a presentation on the Network’s aims and results.
Live Baltic Campus aims at developing campuses as innovation hubs. Each of the six partner universities and cities have an ongoing campus development project in which design methods and participative planning methods are tested. Campuses are utilized as labs for urban development and simultaneously create a working method for participative urban planning to be adopted by cities as part of their normal work. The work of the project has a lot in common with the former EUniverCities URBACT project and the Network at large.

EUniverCities and Live Baltic Campus agreed to send information about each other’s activities and plans. Whenever possible partner institutions are invited to attend conferences, workshops, etc. and deliver input to build results.

More information about the project (running until March 2018) and partners involved can be found at


EU Urban Forum offers platform to EUniverCities

On Monday 30 May 2016, the EU Urban Forum takes place in Amsterdam. The conference is being co-organized in the framework of the Dutch EU Presidency by the Committee of the Regions, the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG), the Association of the Provinces of the Netherlands (IPO), the City of Amsterdam and the Province of Noord-Holland. The conference objective is to receive input and support for the EU Urban Agenda which will be adopted by the EU 28 ministers gathering at the same time. The EU Forum also provides a stage to present best practices and to exchange knowledge and expertise.
As former rapporteur of a Committee of the Regions’ opinion on the EU Urban Agenda, July 2014, the Delft Mayor Mr Bas Verkerk will address the audience about the importance of cities in general and about the need for strong cooperation between city authorities and universities in particular. He will talk about the EUniverCities Network and present valuable and good examples on how city-university cooperation is useful for smart and sustainable urban development, both economic, social as well as at educational and research level.
The EUniverCities Network will present and promote itself via a stand (like a market place), along other European organizations and stakeholders in the field of urban development. Besides Delft partners from Magdeburg, Trondheim and Aveiro will take part in the EU Urban Forum. The conference offers a podium for the Network to engage with interested parties and get its messages across to relevant European stakeholders.

Opening doors in Brussels

Is cooperation between cities and universities still on the European agenda? Can cities and universities showcase good examples of cooperation results and present important lessons learned? EUniverCities Network is invited to actively contribute to two different workshops at the European Week of Regions and Cities, 10-13 October, in Brussels.
Before the EUniverCities Network was born, Delft already established contacts with European Commission policy officers. These contacts continue to be very fruitful until this very day. After a very successful workshop at the Open Days (as the European Week of Regions and Cities was formerly known) two years ago, the EUniverCities Network is now invited to actively contribute to two different workshops.
DG Research and Innovation organizes a workshop on results and benefits of city-university cooperation in medium-sized cities; Willem van Winden will address the audience about main characteristics and results from current research and practice.
A second workshop, organized by DG Education and Culture, will focus on entrepreneurship ignited by students, professors and university-industry collaboration. Sound examples from student start-up incubators, university programmes and business competitions (among others) will be presented.
The European Week of Regions and Cities is a co-shared initiative of the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions. Every year some 5,000 people visit over 100 workshops, seminars and network events on for instance urban development, next economy, sustainable transport, energy, etc.

Check out the European Week of Regions and Cities website.
  • CoR Forum on the EU-Urban Agenda, Amsterdam, the Netherlands: 30 May 2016
  • EUniverCities Network meeting Parma (Italy): 7 - 10 June 2016
  • European Week of Cities and Regions, Brussels (Belgium): 10 - 13 October 2016
  • EUniverCitiesNetwork meeting Tampere (Finland): 1 - 4 November 2016
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