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good practices of 3m in eu universities university of le n spain

Good practices of 3M in EU universitiesUniversity of León (Spain)

Developing Third Mission Activities in Albanian UniversitiesMapping 3M activities in partner universitiesKick-off seminar on 3M activities

María-José Vieira, Javier Vidal, Camino Ferreira

Tirana, 13th February 2013

E3M-AL PROJECT - DEVELOPING THIRD MISSION ACTIVITIES IN ALBANIAN UNIVERSITIESProject No: 530243-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-ES-TEMPUS-SMHESThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects only the views of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.

universidad de le n
Universidad de León

Comprehensive public university created in 1979

1,450 employees (60% academic, 40% administrative)

13 centres, 2 campuses, 26 departments

9 Research institutes

Enrolled students by degree level (academic year 2011-2012)

Faculty of Veterinary

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

University School of Health Sciences

Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences

School of Industrial Engineering and Information Technology

Higher Technical School of Mines Engineering

Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Economics and Business Studies

Faculty of Labour Relations

School of Social Work (associated private centre)

the region
The region

Castilla y León

2.5 million (5.4% of Spanish population)

94,223 km2(18.6% of Spanish territory)

Density: 27 inhabitants/km2 vs 93 in Spain

Primary sector: cereal and livestock farming; food industry

Industrial hub Valladolid-Palencia-Burgos

Mainly SMEs, innovation concentrated in few companies

Tourism: Most awarded World Heritage Site

the province of le n
The province of León

León with 131,411 inhabitants

Ponferrada c.a. 68,000

regional r d i strategy 2007 2013
Regional R&D&I Strategy 2007-2013
  • Origins: Technological Park (1990) and the Regional Technology Plan (1997-2000)
  • Programme 2- Promotion of excellent R&D&I: incentives to the research capability of universities
  • Programme 5 - Fostering entrepreneurship: orientation of University teaching and research towards the promotion of entrepreneurship and business creation.
  • Programme 6 - Creation, development and consolidation of support infrastructures: definition and development of a strategy of science parks around the universities
u3m activities
U3M Activities

Third mission activities at ULE include mostly technology transfer and cooperative research by means of contract research, life-long learning programmes and courses designed to respond to the needs of society, and a wide variety of social and cultural activities in order to serve and engage the citizens of the region.

u3m knowledge transfer and innovation
U3M: Knowledge Transfer and innovation

Patents are increasing and there are some examples of spin-offs

Consultancy and contracts:

  • SEGI-Research Managing Unit. Overhead: 15%
  • Revenue:ULE86 million €; 11.5 million € research of which 2.2 correspond to contracts
u3m knowledge transfer and innovation1
U3M: Knowledge Transfer and innovation

Main obstacles to the exploitation of knowledge are:

  • the lack of a “one-stop-shop”: OTRI-Research and Knowledge Transfer Office of the ULE and FGULEM offer similar services; staff working at OTRI is insufficient
  • the lack of support and infrastructure to generate spin-offs

Strengths for Technology Transfer and Innovation:

  • Several programmes have created an entrepreneurial culture (T-CUE and the Plan Legio)
  • Clusters in the region: alignment of some industries: bio-pharmacy, automotive industry and food industry.
u3m continuing education
U3M: Continuing Education
  • Directed by an academic
  • Managed by externals (foundations, professional associations an other ) or by ULE
u3m social engagement
U3M: Social Engagement

Cultural activities:

  • beginning in 1988, supported by a local bank
  • more than 3,000 activities (music, dance, drama, etc.)
  • Average: 200 per year

Inter-university Program for Older Adults (older than 55):

  • started in 2000, supported by the regional government
  • 750 people per year in different cities
  • high interest of ULE in maintaining the activity

Accessibility, volunteering and social support:

  • collaboration with non-profit organisations
  • concerned for attention to diversity and disability

Leisure and sports

  • Open to the university community, their families and to externals
biomedical institute ibiomed
Biomedical Institute (IBIOMED)
  • Mid-nineties, 40 people, high-profile research
  • Close relationships with the Hospital & health institutions

TTI: contracts, patents, services

Continuing Education:

  • tailor-made Master on Medicine Research, with the public Hospital
  • Master in Oral Surgery with the Professional Association
  • On-line masters and expert degrees with FUNIBER

Social Engagement: workshops on nutrition, physical activity and health to 2000 students aged from 6 to 10 (Municipality & IBIOMED)