As part of their respective global strategies, both the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the United Nations University (UNU) have a presence in Europe. On 10-11 August 2017, Gareth Macnaughton, responsible for innovation and research in Urban Futures and Government at RMIT Europe, visited UNU-EGOV to explore research areas and projects for future collaboration. The research areas and expertise of UNU-EGOV and RMIT are complimentary and cover topics critical to the urban futures research agenda and compliments.
“Better governance requires innovative comparative research to ensure findings are valid and generalizable. As such, RMIT Europe is keen to work with UNU-EGOV on identifying common priorities and cooperation projects in Europe and beyond”, said Gareth following two days in Guimarães.
Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen highlights that in addition to collaboration with RMIT on research and academic exchange, UNU-EGOV is also looking forward to explore future cooperation in the areas of smart urban innovation and technology-enabled user engagement. This includes “the development of appropriate governance models, legal and policy frameworks when introducing new technologies, and ecosystems for service delivery.”
RMIT Europe, located in Barcelona, is the European hub of RMIT University, one of Australia’s largest tertiary institutions. RMIT has a global reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research and focus on community and industry needs. RMIT is considered a world leader in Art and Design, Architecture, Education, Engineering, Development, Computer Science and Information Systems, Business and Management, and Communication and Media Studies.
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