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Ocean Innovation Platform

On 7th June 2016, the University of Bordeaux and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) presented the results of the opportunity study for the design of the “Ocean Innovation Platform” project.
This initial study derives from the collaboration agreement signed in November 2015 between the two universities, the Agglomération Sud Pays Basque (ASPB), Bidasoa Activa and Eurosima (surf industry cluster). The ASPB leads the “Ocean Experiences” cross-border territorial strategy based on the economy of action and water sports that cover the Hossegor-Zarautz area. “Ocean Experiences” aims to build a cross-border ecosystem in this sector revolving around 4 themes:
-Ocean Tech (guidance of start-up from the sector through the Bluebuilder accelerator)
-Ocean Fab (with a future Fab Lab, among others, in Saint-Jean-de-Luz)
-Ocean Living Lab (first cross border living lab that seeks to create euro-regional strategic collaborations and make open innovation a development driver in this field, with the user at its heart)
-Ocean Campus Innovation (whose backbone initiative is the “ocean innovation platform” devoted to training and research led by the University of Bordeaux and the University of the Basque Country).
Iñaki Goirizelaia, Chancellor of the UPV/EHU, declared that know how and training has no borders and the UPV/EHU is committed to continue working on this project which is part of the joint strategy of the two universities. Manuel Tuñón de Lara, Chancellor of the University of Bordeaux, highlighted the responsibility of this University to promote the territory to which it belongs and the opportunity that this project offers to build an ecosystem that aspires to be an international benchmark.
Now it is a question of moving on to a feasibility stage, exploring the initial opportunities raised in this study, focusing on the design of a Master’s programme based on the existing offer and summer courses with the “Ocean Experiences” stamp. These initiatives will be developed in conjunction with companies of the sector, relating training to research in order to respond to the challenges faced (materials, management, health etc.).

The Symposium held in the Aquitaine capital between the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU and the University of Bordeaux on November 19th and 20th has served to “move from intention to action” in the field of cooperation between the two academic institutions, according to Charo Sánchez, UPV/EHU European Projects Manager. As she declared at the end of the event, there was “some cooperation” with Bordeaux, but these two days have succeeded in “consolidating the joint work a little more”.

“Those who were interested in fostering ties are finally going to start enjoying them. Now, we are going to start working together on more specific topics and projects” she highlighted. In her opinion, the Symposium is a “starting point for action” in joint proposals between the Basque Country and Bordeaux, enabling us to “understand the supporting structures for cooperation, such as IdEx, Euskampus, the Bordeaux International Relations Office and the UPV/EHU International Projects Office”. “We all know each other, who’s who, where we are and how we can cooperate”, she outlined. This is why she doesn’t hesitate to affirm that “the Symposium will reap rewards”.

Jordi Curell, Director Higher Education and International Affairs, Erasmus+ at Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission, expressed the same opinion during the event’s closing ceremony, outlining that cooperation is becoming increasingly integrated between the Basque Country and Bordeaux “it is crucial for the future”. “We are gradually moving towards the merging of universities” he said and “international cooperation is vital to improve the quality of research as well as the quality of education”.

The Rector of the UPV/EHU, Iñaki Goirizelaia, also valued the importance of the new era between both universities, pointing out that it is “a significant step” towards a “Eurocampus” between the Basque Country and Aquitaine, and from now on “we are going to continue moving in the right direction”. In this respect, he reminded us that “there are no similar projects” to the cross-border campus, whereby this alliance “is a benchmark in the European Union”. “We will be seen as a reference point in the future” he emphasised.