OECD has examined the possibilities for regional development and growth in the 14 northernmost regions of Sweden, Norway and Finland. Daniel Örtqvist, professor at Luleå University of Technology, attended the meeting in Brussels, and he says that the conditions in the northern parts of these countries are good.
– But there is need for support structures to develop some of the values that are inherent in the region. Therefore, it is crucial to continue the development work with support from the EU, he says.
The university has a central role
OECD regional reviews usually have great impact on the EU Structural Fund and the regional growth policy of the nations. One of the recommendations in the report is about increasing the possibility for small and medium-sized enterprises to take part in research and innovation support environments. It is mainly rural businesses that need to increase their competitiveness through business development and innovation.
Luleå University of Technology has been given a key role in developing the knowledge base and serve as discussion partner in matters related to the ongoing regional development.
- We have a central role which was also mentioned in the report. The applied working model that the university is known for is a prerequisite for working regionally to strengthen research and innovation environments. We are also represented in many different forums, such as the work to develop the next regional innovation strategy, says Daniel Örtqvist.