The Strategic Plan for Cantabria International Campus (CIC) has been being implemented since the designation of CIC as an International Excellence Campus (IEC) in November, 2009. The aggregation of the University of Cantabria (UC), the Menendez Pelayo International University (UIMP) and 16 business, social, cultural, institutional, and scientific agents, including the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), seek the transformation of Cantabria into a Region of Knowledge through a new model of globally competitive development..
The INNOUC Project presented here represents a great step forward in the already accepted conversion to IEC, as it will strengthen the synergies between the integral parts of the campus by prioritising the transfer of knowledge to society based on the consolidation of a Pole of Innovation in the Science and Technology Park of Cantabria (PCTCAN), which contains public-private innovation clusters in strategic areas for the development of global and regional society, taking the Mixed Institutes as a departure point and intensifying aggregation and enterprise.
INNOUC consists of a programme of integrated actions set within a coherent framework and aimed at accelerating and extending the innovative capacity of the Region from its potentiality for international excellence in the concepts stipulated in the INNOCAMPUS call for projects, and this is based on FOUR CRITERIA FOR ACTION:
- INSTITUTES.- Potentiating the research and transfer capacity of the UC’S MIXED INSTITUTES,
as tools that identify the integrated model of our campus: Environmental Hydraulics (IH
Cantabria), Biomedicine and Biotechnology (IBBTEC) and Physics (IFCA). They are fundamental
nuclear elements of the corresponding IEC Strategic Areas (CIAE, CIBB, CIFMA), are linked to
singular scientific and technological infrastructure (ICTS) installations and/or to the CSIC 1, and
drive associated clusters.
- PARK.- Focalising the development of these capacities in the common enclave of the SCIENCE
AND TECHNOLOGY PARK OF CANTABRIA (PCTCAN) –the UC participates in the governance of
the Park- as a Pole of Innovation characterised by close interaction between scientific groups,
companies and institutional agents in the CIC aggregation, a breeding ground for development
and innovation clusters in the strategic areas.
- SMART CITY.- Developing in PCTCAN the CIC Strategic Area of Technology with the addition
of another mixed centre taking advantage of the EUROPEAN SMART CITIES PROGRAMME,
which has selected Santander as a pilot-city within the EU Framework Programme (the
SmartSantander project, headed by Telefónica, the Spanish National Telephone Company, and
the UC) and strengthens the territorial, business, transversal and international side of the
- OPPORTUNITY.- Continuing previous action and investment, both completed and in progress,
on the part of all the agents involved, in order to obtain immediate added value. INNOUC is
structured from an integrated perspective and is based on STRUCTURES AND PROJECTS THAT
ARE ALREADY UNDER WAY, and at different phases of their development, which allows
incentivation of further investment from the regional Administration in more incipient stages.
Sinergies for international lidership
INNOUC offers a potential for expanding international excellence articulated around FOUR ACTIONS
that are specialised but at the same time synergetic and will serve the common link, the social function
and international leadership of CIC as a whole.