The University of Alicante puts innovation at the service of companies
InnoUA presents an ambitious initiative to boost technology transfer and create synergies with the business world.
The Chamber of Commerce and COEPA have supported UA and its Social Council in the coming out of the new programme
Alicante, 28 May 2015
The Alicante City university venue, based in C/ San Fernando building, has been the scene for the presentation InnouUA, the new programme launched by the University of Alicante to get closer to the business world. The main goal of this initiative is to encourage technology transfer and promote relations between business and university.
University President Manuel Palomar presided over the event and highlighted the relevance of knowledge transfer so as to create synergies between the business world and the University. He explained that universities do large and profound research work but it is in the transfer of knowledge to society where our success relies on.
In this sense, Palomar has highly valued the InnoUA Programme, an initiative that will allow us to launch relations and synergies amongst researchers and the business world. According to the University President, society needs consistent innovation plans, both from the business world and from the academia context and this is a good example.
The University of Alicante signs over five hundred agreements each year with different companies and now, as explained by the University President, all these actions will be carried out under the support of InnoUA, from which a technological portal will be also launched. Also, we will keep on working in the creation of technology-based firms as we have been doing in the recent years.
Vice President for Research Amparo Navarro, who also participated in the presentation along with the University President, has emphasised the University commitment to creating the required tools to improve the results of the transfer of technology.
Also, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Competitivity Committee Fernando Casado, has participated to reclaim initiatives like this to expand university-business relations and has asked business persons to take advantage of the resources offered by universities in terms of innovation so that they can turn them into marketable products.
UA Social Council Chairman Francisco Gómez has defended the role of the body he presides over as a transmission belt between the University and society and has insisted on the importance of improving relations betwwen the business world and this academic and research institution to make the most of it for the good of society.
Francisco Caballero Sanz, chief economist and head of the Division of Industrial Policy Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship (European Commission) closed the presentation with a lecture on industrial policy and regional development.