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IEI Collaboration Day

The Department of Management and Engineering (IEI) is welcome to a day of Collaboration.

Topic of the day: “Regional Attractiveness“

The last date was cancelled. Now we’ve set a new date. Our strategic partners are coming, make sure you’ll be there too!


Thursday October 26th, at 13.00-17.30 in C1, Campus Valla

Sign up here before October 19th.


We want to discuss how collaboration projects with LiU look, how they can be strengthened and how they contributes to regional attractiveness. The aim is to raise the institution's work with companies and external organizations, and to highlight the work within the department.

Why is regional attractiveness important?

According to the Swedish government’s “Smart industry – a strategy for new industrialization for Sweden” sustainable growth takes place on three levels in society: locally, regionally and nationally, with the support of digitalisation. The regional level plays a vital role in the implementation of the strategy for new industrialisation, not least through its proximity to the industrial sector. Academia, society and industry are collaborating to bring about actions that promote sustainable development.

This development is taking place in competition with the rest of the world, and it has become increasingly more important to create strong and attractive regions.

Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) has conducted a project around the topic of Regional attractiveness. In their definition attractiveness equals Innovativeness + Innovative environments (critical mass of knowledge, competence, capital and contacts). 

Region Östergötland has put forward a Smart Specialisation Strategy with the purpose of strengthening the competitiveness of the region, and based on a number of competitive areas.

To strengthen and develop collaboration with the society around us, LiU has entered into agreements with a number of strategic collaboration partners – companies and public bodies with whom the university has a special relationship and with whom we intend to deepen collaboration. The strategic collaboration partners are Region Östergötland, Linköping and Norrköping Municipailities, VTI as well as SAAB AB, Ericsson, ABB and Tekniska Verken.

  • How do we create an attractive region, and what roles do a university, or a department like IEI play?
  • How do we define attractiveness and under what conditions?
  • What are the activities and how can they be developed? 


Collaboration coordinates at IEI:

Sara Gustafsson
Tomas Nord



Why is regional attractiveness important? Below you’ll find two strategy documents on the subject from the Government Offices of Sweden.

Smart industry – a strategy for new industrialization for Sweden (PDF)

Sweden’s National Strategy for Sustainable Regional Growth and Attractiveness 2015–2020 (PDF)


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