The president of the Castellón Port Authority, Rafa Simó, together with the director Ana Ulloa, have held a work meeting with the rector of the Jaume I University of Castelló, Eva Alcón, to strengthen the collaboration between both institutions.
The objective is to draw up innovative solutions in areas such as sustainability or digitization through the institutes and research teams of the University.
In this sense, Rafa Simó has indicated that one of the objectives of the new strategic framework of PortCastelló is “to approach knowledge and generate bridges with those institutions that are the basis of innovation and research”. In fact, the port of Castellón will launch the Castellón Port Lab brand as a starting point to implement innovation and research in the port environment and have the UJI as a strategic ally. “With this we want to contribute to enhancing an environment and an innovative climate and to reach collaboration agreements with the different competent administrations in the matter that allow promoting port and maritime training in our environment”.
The President of the Port Authority has valued the joint work carried out to date with the UJI for the elaboration of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, developed by the Ethics Chair, and which was approved by the Board of Directors of the APC. Also the participation of the UJI in the jury of the Lighthouse Awards. “However, it is vital to strengthen these synergies with the University.”
For her part, Eva Alcón has highlighted the potential of the Jaume I University as a center for generating knowledge and has presented the UJI’s innovation offer linked to the port and logistics sector through more than twenty institutes and research groups . She has also indicated that the UJI’s science and technology park, Espaitec, can become a link between the University and the port on innovation issues and by supporting entrepreneurial and start-up projects, as is already the case in other sectors.
The rector of the UJI stressed that “the UJI is the largest center for the generation of knowledge and innovation in our territory and the port is a key economic pole, therefore, a strategic link must be established between both institutions.” This stable collaboration, Alcón added, “should allow us to provide innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the port and, in general, our socioeconomic fabric, generate opportunities and enhance the international projection of both institutions.”
PortCastelló and Universitat Jaume I have agreed to hold technical working meetings that allow for concrete collaboration in innovation and transfer and also in the field of training linked to the port and logistics sectors.