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Navarra and its Research, Development and Innovation (R+D+i) Programme

Navarra is currently one of the most innovative regions in Europe and ranks first among the Spanish self-governing regions in terms of investment in Research, Development and Innovation (R+D+i). Its Third Technology Plan is already underway, sponsored by the Government of Navarra, with ambitious objectives for 2011 that give a stronger role to the active partners in the regional R+D+i Plan and its internationalisation. Here you will find all you need to know about the system.

The Technology Plan

3rd Technology Plan 2008-2011

Navarra's Third Technology Plan has made major headway in the last few years, significantly increasing production across the sectors of renewable energies, biotechnology, agrifood and agriculture, and nanotechnologies.


The role of the Government of Navarra

Government of Navarra

The development of the Third Technology Plan has been conducted through six working parties, split into strategic sectors (renewable energies, biotechnology, agrifood and agriculture, nanotechnologies, information and communication technology and plant, machinery and automotive). This strategic segregation has drastically increased the overall efficacy of the plan.

Our close technology and innovation partners have allowed us to expand beyond our original predictions during the last few years. This is mainly due to the specialization of each one in a certain area, especially machinery and automotive, for example. Our continued expansion would not be possible without such innovative forces of collaboration.

----------------------------------- Navarra currently has 17 Technology Centres (TCs) that carry out research in the following primary fields: Biotechnology, Automotive, and Nanotechnologies.

In 1987 the Parliament of Navarra approved the creation of the Public University Of Navarra and undertook to finance it with the aim that the new university should extend the number of degree courses on offer and bring together the university-level courses that were being taught in a number of public centres at the time.

The Campus now covers 260,000 square metres, plus a Site for Agricultural Practical Work and Research, sports facilities and a Plant Biotechnology Centre. The UPNA has over 8,000 students, and the new Campus in Tudela will open in the 2008-2009 academic year. In total, the University offers 27 undergraduate degrees and several postgraduate courses including automotive science and technology specialties.

The University also runs the Agricultural Sciences building in the hospital complex of Pamplona with a Department of the same name and a University School of Cultural Studies.

There are 22 departments in the Public University Of Navarra.

The Public University Of Navarra, founded in 1952, currently offers 27 undergraduate degree courses and over 300 postgraduate programmes in ten Faculties, two Superior Schools, one Business School (IESE), dos University Schools, one Institute of Secretarial and Administrative Studies (ISSA) and other centres and institutions.

In the 2006-2007 academic year 815 full-time professors worked in the University and 20,153 students were enrolled in undergraduate studies and 4,667 in postgraduate courses.

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