According to MIT, Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said at the groundbreaking ceremony of the first phase of the development that the government has set up a HUF 2.7 trillion development program for the development of Hungarian higher education. One goal is to link universities to the economic environment. The Science and Innovation Parks are a means to this end, creating a link between higher education and the economy, he said.
He said the University of Győr will thus operate two such science parks, one in Zalaegerszeg and now one to be built in Győr, and he hopes that one will be set up in Mosonmagyaróvár, linked to food technology, as well.
Széchenyi István University will set up its Science and Innovation Park in the former Győr Biscuits and Waffles Factory. The investment will be implemented with a HUF 6.7 billion grant from the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme.
Róbert Balázs Simon, a Fidesz member of parliament in the region, called the creation of the 4,000 square meter park a milestone in the life of the university and the city. He added that the University of Győr is one of the country’s most dynamically developing higher education institutions and is in close contact with local and regional businesses, enabling it to transfer knowledge capital to young enterprises.
Erzsébet Knáb, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Széchenyi István University Foundation, stressed that the parks in Győr and Zalaegerszeg will provide an innovative and creative platform for new business relations, further strengthening the openness of the university. With the Science and Innovation Park in Győr, the development of the region will be stimulated by building on the main research areas of the university, ranging from engineering, IT and creative industries to food science, she said. The collaborations will help to create an innovation ecosystem, as well as create and strengthen additional start-up and spin-off companies, according to Knáb.