Sweden follows Cornwall's example
group of delegates from the northern districts of Sweden recently
travelled over 1,100 miles to the Tremough campus in Penryn
to discover more about the success of the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) initiative.
The nine visitors represented a number of Swedish municipalities
who are interested in how Cornwall has used Objective One
investment to improve Higher Education and support the transformation
of the economy. Until recently separate projects aimed at
individual HE institutions in Sweden had been undertaken but
often lacked impetus and failed to produce positive results.
Their latest project, named Fyra Norra, aims to provide a
foundation for greater collaboration between the regions to
overcome this problem.
Anders Norberg, Head of Education Development at the Skellefteå
Council, arranged the trip and explains their vision: "Our
region must create a co-operative network for Higher Education
of the best quality, which can inspire and guide, thus playing
a decisive role in the provision of competencies for regional,
social and cultural development."
Having heard about the unique partnership pioneered by the
CUC initiative and the success it has already attained, the
delegation were keen to discover more, and flew in to meet
the CUC partners.
The CUC partnership consists of The University of Exeter,
The University of Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The
Open University, Truro College, Cornwall College, Penwith
College, The College of St Mark and St John and the Peninsula
Medical School. Since 2001 it has resulted in a range of new
Higher Education buildings, facilities and courses across
Cornwall, more than doubling student numbers, combating the
'brain drain' and stimulating a wealth of new
business and graduate opportunities.
During the visit Fyra Norra and CUC delegates shared their
ideas for encouraging research, development and innovation
by improving Higher Education provision. A video conference
link to the South West UK Brussels Office also explored further
options for collaborative ventures and funding. The group
took in a tour of the world class facilities at the Tremough
campus, shared by University College Falmouth and the University
of Exeter, which has received EU Objective One investment.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "The unique hub and rim model of Objective
One's flagship project, CUC, is gaining increasing interest
from across Europe. As EU countries aim for future economic
success they are keen to understand how past structural investment,
such as Objective One, has been used successfully. The Combined
Universities in Cornwall is already recognised across Europe
as a best practice project with economic regeneration at its
CUC Executive Director, Ian Tunbridge, commented: "It
really is an accolade for Cornwall to be so highly regarded
within the EU - to be seen as a successful model for economic
and social regeneration that other regions want to emulate
and learn from. We are always happy to welcome visitors, to
share our objectives and enthusiasm with them and to hear
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). The University of Exeter, University College
Falmouth and the University of Plymouth are partners of the
The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary
partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's
economic renaissance. This partnership combines the Universities
of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The Open
University, The College of St Mark & St John, and the
Peninsula Medical School, with Cornwall's Further Education
colleges - Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College.
It aims not only to provide the students of the future with
more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the
economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and
The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One
Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South
West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council
and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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