On 9 February 2017 the Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization, Peter Pellegrini, signed a Memorandum on Cooperation with the rectors of Comenius University, the Slovak University of Technology, and the University of Economics. Joint programmes and projects between the universities and state institutions will be oriented towards cohesive policy in the EU, investments, information and communications technology (ICT), and public service research with the aim of increasing the quality and flexibility of the reaction of the education system to the practical demands of the workplace, improving the flow of qualified graduates, and effectively implementing research results and using the universities’ professional capacities.

09. 02. 2017 16.55 hod.
By: CU Public Relations Office

The attempt to start cooperation between state institutions and the academic community and form joint programmes and projects is primarily led by the interest to increase the effectiveness of research, improve the practical experiences of graduates, and raise the general attractiveness of university study in Slovakia as well as reflect on prognoses of future development and priorities centred on achieving the stable and sustainable development of Slovak society right in the education system in the preparation of human resources for the public service.

“Private companies work with high-school and university students and take the best of them even before their studies have been completed, and the state must act in the same manner. We need to encourage young and talented people who want to work in the management of public affairs and in the area of dealing with complex roles in the area of EU funds and in informatization,” said Deputy Prime Minister Pellegrini after signing the memorandum.

The signatories to the memorandum will work together towards creating a platform for motivational tools for studying disciplines of high priority and towards effectively implementing the research results of these disciplines and using the professional capacities of universities in different areas.

“Comenius University and its faculties in all areas are intensively developing cooperation with the workplace and are focusing on the current challenges facing society as a whole. The memorandum is a pre-requisite for more effective solutions to the real problems facing our society,” said Comenius University Rector, Professor Karol Mičieta.

Cooperation in the memorandum is divided into three areas. The first area concerns cohesive policy in the EU, which should offer a framework for young experts to be trained and develop the potential to bring innovative solutions and apply an integrated approach to the area of regional policy and the analysis of investment projects with an emphasis on achieving the maximum value for spent public finances. The second area is oriented towards information and communications technology and working in this field in accordance with the Industry 4.0 concepts of intelligent manufacturing and the needs of the EU. The cooperation projects will also be centred on supporting the European digital economy and the digital single market. The third and final area will see cooperation take place in public service research, and will be based upon an analysis of the Slovak legislative environment and on examples of good practice from abroad. The main challenge in this area is to identify possibilities and solutions which serve the public interest and which promote economically sustainable development. By also connecting to the ICT field, the applied research will focus on solutions to improve access to online services.