As a result of the Call for Reference Sites 2019 launched in June 2019 by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, a total of 77 regional and local organisations have been awarded “Reference Site” status. These organisations have demonstrated the existence of comprehensive strategies to advance innovation and to understand and address the challenges of delivering health and care services to the ageing population. They successfully bring together a wide range of stakeholders based on a "Quadruple Helix" model that includes representatives from industry, civil society, academia and government authorities at a regional and local level. These collaborations drive structural change far beyond the scope any one particular organisation could achieve on its own, helping to create an environment for other regions across Europe to learn, transfer and adapt knowledge to local realities, with regional, social and economic development as the long-term objective.
The University of Deusto has been key for the Basque Network to be recognised as a 4 Star Reference Site and awarded with a “special recognition for excellence”. This is the recognition to the Basque stakeholders’ outstanding work in driving regional innovation in active and healthy ageing, improving the quality of life of the ageing population, making health and social care delivery more sustainable and stimulating economic growth and competitiveness. Only six European regions have been recognised with this excellence award.
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