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Hungarian universities became members of the International Association of Science Parks

Tar Gábor | 2022-10-16
Óbuda University and University of Sopron are the first Hungarian higher education institutions which became a member of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP). Besides the two universities, one more Hungarian entity, the Sport Life Science Park, founded by the Foundation for University of Physical Education, has also joined IASP in late September.

The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) has welcomed three new members from Hungary, all of them related to higher education. IASP, the leading association of innovation ecosystems worldwide, was founded in 1984 and has some 400 science parks from 78 countries. From Hungary, the Association of Industrial, Science, Innovation and Technology Parks (IPE) and ZalaZONE Park have been members of IASP so far.

Óbuda University is creating three science parks

The three Hungarian new members (Óbuda University, University of Sopron and the Sport Life Science Park Nonprofit Kft. founded by the Foundation for University of Physical Education) have joined the international association following a decision by IASP in September. in the admission of Óbuda University, a significant institution in the field of technical higher education in Hungary, played a major role that the University is establishing science and innovation parks at three Hungarian locations:

  • Székesfehérvár (Mechatronics Technology and Innovation Park),
  • Kaposvár (Smart Industry Technology and Innovation Park),
  • Zsámbék (Industries of the Future Technology and Innovation Park).

University of Sopron has become an IASP member thanks to the Wood Industry and Forestry Science and Innovation Park, planned jointly by the University and TAEG Zrt., the first science park in Hungary to be created in a university-company consortium.

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First Hungarian university science park

The third new IASP member from Hungary, the Sport Life Science Park Nonprofit Kft. The science and innovation park established at the Hungarian University of Sports Sciences (HUSS) aims to implement on the market the educational, R&D and innovation results of HUSS in the field of sport and life sciences.

The Sport Life Science Park (SLSP) is described by the IPE as the first university science park in Hungary, which, according to the IPE, has the potential to become a European knowledge centre in the field of sport and life sciences.

SZE inaugurated two new buildings in the ZalaZONE park

The ZalaZONE Park, which became an IASP member this summer, is also engaged in research cooperation with three Hungarian higher education institutions (Széchenyi István University, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and University of Pannonia).

The first two buildings of the Centre for Innovation and Training of Széchenyi István University in the ZalaZONE Park – an innovation and accommodation building – were inaugurated in mid-September. It will support the university’s developments in the field of self-driving transport and drone technology.

Hungary has the most IASP members in the region

In the Central and Eastern European region, Hungary has the most IASP members (5), with the three now joining entities. According to data published on the IASP’s website, four members from Poland, two from Austria and Slovakia and one from the Czech Republic are represented in the international association.