Campuses argue for more attention to the physical aspect of innovation
The 10 campuses that are united in the National Campus Consultation call for more attention to be paid to the physical aspect of innovation in the Cabinet’s innovation policy. Knowledge Park is part of these consultations. The campuses feel that this part of innovation ecosystems has been underexposed in the Cabinet’s Groeibrief.
“Flourishing campuses and science parks are indispensable for a successful innovation policy. They act as facilitators and accelerators of regional and (inter)national partnerships between knowledge institutions and innovative companies. At these top locations, connections are made on a daily basis between research, education and business, which accelerates the marketing of knowledge and the conversion of knowledge into actual innovation of products, processes, technologies and platforms. This strengthens the competitive position of the business community in the Netherlands and increases the national earning capacity”, according to the joint campuses. Research by Buck Consultants International shows that employment on campuses has continued unabated in recent years, that campuses are a sought-after business location and that they are an engine for new business activity. The research also shows that campuses are focal points for solving major social challenges such as energy transition and healthcare.
Together, the campuses have drawn up a Manifesto in which they argue for extra attention and resources in the Growth Fund for campus development. The investments in shared facilities, the accessibility of campuses, business developers and campus organisations building robust innovation ecosystems are now too often dependent on regional resources and subsidies. The campuses therefore also argue for a national fund for campus development. In connection with Corona, we are currently looking into how best to bring this Manifesto to the attention of the ministers involved.