With the TransRegINT project, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences intends to make the region ready for the future. Economy and society are facing diverse challenges in the coming years. Some of them arise from structural change, triggered by demographic changes, climate change or digitalization, among others. Other challenges are often still unknown at the current time.
With this project, the university is setting out to shape the future and develop solutions for the challenges facing the economy and society. In doing so, it is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is thus consciously sharpening its profile. It sees itself as the knowledge institution that focuses all its resources (students, researchers, university administration and partners) on the challenges arising from sustainability issues. Sustainability becomes the driver for transformation.
To shape this transformation, the university enters into a variety of collaborations, for example with business enterprises, political and social groups, and citizens. The university makes its knowledge and expertise available and, at the same time, takes up ideas and needs from the region that arise, for example, from the upcoming structural change in the agricultural sector. The transformation expertise gained from research is passed on to the region through cooperative ventures and continuing education. On the one hand, the university offers the economy, the municipalities, and the society in the region to support transformation processes. On the other hand, methods and tools are provided to implement transformation processes safely and successfully.
Various measures and formats are planned for implementation, including living labs and showrooms, a digital innovation center, and a presence at various locations in the region. Another goal is to communicate current social issues from politics, society and business in the form of lecture series, trainings and workshops, interactive formats such as simulation exercises or presence in the media.
By focusing on transformation, the regional economy in particular will benefit from an edge in knowledge, innovation and action. This will make the location equally attractive for business enterprises and employees and skilled workers.
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