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Patras

Patras is Greece's third largest city with a population of over 170,000 people (over 210,000 people in the wider metropolitan area).  Patras’ academic sector and services sector are well developed, yet 16,1 % of the active population is currently unemployed. New jobs and business establishment rates are below national average and significantly lower than other EU convergence regions. Apart from informal and one-off cooperation between the city of Patras and the academic sector, no formal links with local businesses and the industrial sector exist. Patras will work to develop a local triple helix network, aimed at economic improvement with the catalytic participation of universities and academic institutions.  New approaches to knowledge and best practice exchange will bridge the gap between sectors and organisations.  Finally, new ways of collaboration using ICT will be explored.  Patras will also ensure that RUnUP will link to social inclusion giving equal opportunities to all citizens

In the context of the URBACT II network RUnUP the challenges facing Patras are clear and significant. The municipality has no strategy for supporting economic development of existing or future sectors, its economic development capacity needs to be established so that the linkages between the knowledge based economy and its demand for skills, physical space and political support can be fully articulated and widely communicated. The University of Patras has no industrial liaison activity, its capacity and capability needs to be established with reference to models of knowledge based enterprise support and entrepreneurial development within Universities across Europe. Moving forward the Patras Science Park and Business Innovation Centre must play a significant role in supporting the development of economic strategy and leading the implementation of significant activities with the Chamber of Commerce and the University and Technological Institute around industrial modernisation and industry creation.

RUnUP Baseline Study: Patras

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