The Technopolicy Network, 20 January, 2010, PV

On 13 and 14 January a delegation headed by Technopolicy Network (TPN) advisory board member and vice-Mayor of Delft Ronald Vuijk visited the City of Helsinki in order to further strengthen the ties between the two TPN member regions. The delegation, further consisting of Delft University of Technology secretary Hans Krul, Science Port Holland director Willem Trommels and head of economic affairs Wilbert Hoondert were received by the Mayor of Helsinki and TPN advisory board member Eero Holstila. The Delft delegation visited Europe’s largest Science Park organisation Technopolis Group and learned about the use of the city as a living laboratory. The City of Helsinki has been declared World Design Capital 2012 and puts particular effort in connecting its innovative economy with culture and design.

Ronald Vuijk is convinced that both cities have important knowledge to share as there are many similarities: Both have a particular fondness of culture. In the year 2000, Helsinki was designated the European Capital of Culture, and appointed the World Design Capital 2012. On a somewhat more modest scale, Delft has been appointed the Art City of the Netherlands 2010. Delft is also in the race to be appointed the European Capital of Culture 2018. Both cities are home to many knowledge institutes, including trend-setting universities. For many years, Delft has pursued a policy which encourages a strong focus on creating employment in the field of knowledge economy. Which shows parallels to Helsinki’s thriving knowledge economy.

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