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Raw Materials University Day – Launching event in Rome

The initiative was organised in the framework of the communication strategy of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials, which aims to promote sectorial competitiveness, sustainable growth and employment by showing the huge potential of European raw materials. The event Raw Materials University Day represents one of the actions foreseen by the recently adopted Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP).

Europe has many universities with long traditions and excellent programmes in the raw materials sector and the demand for knowledgeable and skilled professionals is still high. However, not enough students are attracted to study such technical subjects. Therefore, the Commission would like to support the raise of awareness in this matter.

The main objectives of the Raw Materials University Day initiative are to:

• show to potential students the attractiveness of the raw materials sector and career opportunities for future graduates;
• inform them that the industries using raw materials will become increasingly innovative and green in the future – e.g. digital and green economy.

The launching event took place in Rome on 6 December 2013 at Sapienza University and was opened by the European Commissioner Vice-President Antonio Tajani, with presence of VIP guests from: research, industry, academia and public administration. Further events will take place until 2020 across the EU in different universities which have expressed their interest for collaboration.

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Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Date of meeting: 
Friday, 6 December, 2013 - 10:00 to 17:30