Submitted by Bianca Muntean on 08 March 2021

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Transilvania IT Cluster together with Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub are given as examples of good practice in the report of recommendations issued by the European Expert Group on Clusters of the European Commission, published recently. This recognition represents a great achievement both for Transilvania IT and Transilvania DIH, as well as for Romania.

„We need them to play a key role as Europe recovers from the crisis and makes a twin transition to a sustainable and digital economy based on our EU industrial strategy and Green Deal.

Just one example: the Transylvania IT cluster brought together companies, research institutes, software companies, public authorities, and universities and developed the Transylvanian Digital Innovation Hub. The leading technologies of artificial intelligence, big data, cybersecurity, robotics or virtual reality are now being developed and applied in creative industries, agriculture, furniture, energy efficiency and agriculture across the region, leading to valuable new jobs.” said Kerstin Jorna, Director-General of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission.

One of the reasons why Transilvania DIH and Transilvania IT received this European recognition is the solid partnership created in the Digital Innovation Hub and the cross-sectoral approach. Transilvania DIH partners are: Transilvania IT Cluster - orchestrator, Babeș-Bolyai University, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, AgroTransilvania Cluster, Transilvania Creative Industries Cluster, Romanian New Materials Clusters, Transylvania Furniture Cluster, Transylvania Energy Cluster, INCDTIM, Access IT Oradea and Cluj-Napoca City Hall.

Transilvania IT and Transilvania DIH are also examples of one of the recommendations of the Expert Group, namely: „Make clusters an integral part of Digital Innovation Hubs through incorporating clusters into their governance and operations in a continuous collaboration on the digital transition. ”

„The fact that we are a good practice example at European level and we have stood out from the more than 3000 existing clusters, is for us a recognition of the work of recent years and the fact that our vision is in line with the European vision. The fact that European experts consider that we are an example is an extremely great achievement for us, but also for Romania, because we managed to put our country on the European map. Transilvania IT Cluster and Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub - which includes 6 clusters, two universities - UBB and UTCN, a research institute - INCDTIM and Cluj-Napoca City Hall - are the engine of digitalization in our ecosystem and we have another confirmation that we represent a strong and solid community.”, says Bianca Muntean, manager of Transilvania IT Cluster and coordinator of Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub.
The report contains a number of recommendations for clusters in Europe to help the community and the ecosystems they represent and are part of to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.
The European Cluster Expert Group reaffirms that clusters have the potential to accelerate the twin transition - green and digital, build resilience and stimulate recovery.
The Cluster Expert Group recommends that cluster activities focus on:
Leading the green transition
Accelerating the digital transition
Building resilience
According to the report, there are currently more than 3,000 clusters in Europe.

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