Gipuzkoa Deputy General, Markel Olano, met on 22 June with the heads of the main universities in the territory, in order to take stock of Etorkizuna Eraikiz and share the conclusions of the analysis on the collaboration between academic institutions and the Provincial Council. Besides the representatives of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, the meeting counted with the participation of the rectors of the of Deusto, the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU and the University of Mondragon, as well as representatives of the Engineering School of the University of Navarra.
During the meeting, participants agreed to further strengthen their cooperation to tackle the main social, economic and environmental challenges in Gipuzkoa, exacerbated in recent months as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Issues such as socio-labor inclusion, artificial intelligence, sustainable tourism, healthy aging, Big Data, intra-entrepreneurship or the future of Euskera, among others, are unavoidable challenges that Gipuzkoa is addressing from the collaboration, within the framework of the collaborative governance initiative Etorkizuna Eraikiz” said the deputy general. In his opinion, in order to generate "local responses" to the "global challenges" that the pandemic has "accelerated and exacerbated", it is "essential" that both institutions and socio-economic agents join efforts in “collective work and experimentation ”.
In what concerns the University of Deusto, it will continue to be fully involved in the Elkar-Ekin project, with the aim of improving the employability of people at risk of exclusion. In addition, it will participate in the development of a governance system for the permanence of the elderly at home, as well as in innovative projects related to the emancipation of young people and smart tourism, in which the use of technologies will be studied.