Europe looks to CUC
The Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) partnership showcased
its successes at a major EU summit recently. Around 100 delegates
from across the European Union converged on the Tremough campus
in Penryn to discuss the best ways to rapidly turn new innovations
into commercial successes.
The conference, titled 'Beyond Best Practice: Taking
new knowledge rapidly to market', was hosted by the
South West RDA and was attended by Danuta Hübner, the
EU Commissioner for Regional Policy. The delegates represented
some 25 EU regions and 19 member states.
CUC was chosen as one of three case studies to spark discussions
at the summit, an opportunity welcomed by executive director,
Dr Ian Tunbridge: "Cornwall is pioneering a new,
partnership based approach to university education which is
rooted in a desire to serve the needs of the region's
people and businesses. We are rapidly establishing a name
for ourselves as a Europe-wide leader in collaborative education.
Yes, there's still a great deal we want to do to strengthen
our role in Cornwall's renaissance, but I think it is
a measure of how far the county has come in recent years that
other nations are now looking to us as a source of inspiration.
Six different countries have already expressed an interest
in working with us in the future."
Peter Castell, CUC business development manager added: "From
its inception CUC has sought to build on the creativity and
drive which are at the heart of many of Cornwall's businesses,
most of which are small companies. By working as a partnership
of universities and colleges we have been able to offer the
full spectrum of support, from graduate placements to specialist
help with R&D – whatever the business needs to get
ahead. We've also endeavoured to make this support easily
accessible to small businesses and this has helped them to
rapidly convert their ideas into successful new products and
The other case studies were Wave Hub and Aerospace composites.
The summit took place on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th July.
For further information contact David Kirk, Combined Universities
in Cornwall PR and Communications Officer, on 01326 370471
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF), and in Unlocking Cornish Potential through
the European Social Fund (ESF).
The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary
partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's
economic renaissance. This partnership combines the Universities
of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The Open
University, The College of St Mark & St John, and the
Peninsula Medical School, with Cornwall's Further Education
colleges - Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College.
It aims not only to provide the students of the future with
more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the
economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and
The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One
Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South
West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council
and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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