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Developing “triple helix” structures in which municipalities, university and businesses shared a common vision and ambition.
  • Governance Governance

Medium sized cities between 50,000 and 200,000 inhabitants - 'Urban Poles' - are key in driving forward economic performance and innovation competence within the context of the Lisbon Strategy. The strategic development and exploitation of endogenous potentials is crucial, and Universities are critical to this innovation process.

A specific issue facing Urban Poles is that they cannot make sufficient use of existing University knowledge and competencies to support economic development and ecourage entrepreneurship. RUnUP addresses this with partners focusing on developing powerful 'Triple Helix' structures and partnerships to support economic development and innovation competence.

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Integrated action plans

An Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is a policy instrument that is produced by Action Planning networks within a period of 12 - 14 months after the beginning of their activities. The aim of the IAP is to respond in a concrete way to a urban challenge, which is common to all involved cities. Each partner city develops its own IAP, so all plans are unique in terms of local circumstances, territorial coverage and, most of all, the context in which this tool is proposed to be implemented. The creation and validation of this instrument relies in a collective undertaking, designed to strengthen commitment and to increase the prospect of sustainable delivery. In this sense, every partner city must establish a URBACT Local Group (ULG), in order to gather implicated stakeholders to co-create and participate in this process.Thus, the IAP reflect and integrate all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
  • Gateshead
  • Dunkerque
  • Barakaldo
  • Patras
  • Leszno
  • Solna
  • University Of Potsdam