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The lecture on Jan. 29, will profile both cities and discuss the effectiveness of their recent urban innovation strategies.
Groningen has a centuries-long tradition of trade and higher education. The city was among the three finalists in the 2014 iCapital competition of the European Commission and has been branded as a ‘City of Talents’.
Oldenburg has been undergoing a successful transformation from a purely residential and administrative regional center towards becoming a future-oriented ‘knowledge city’. In 2009, it officially became Germany’s ‘City of Science’.
Groningen and Oldenburg are an example of extremely close and productive cross-border cooperation in Europe, linking parts of their public administrations, working on joint urban projects and long-term development strategies. Special emphasis is on energy supplies (especially renewable energy) and (in view of Europe’s demographic changes) health sciences, including the flagship project of the first bi-national Medical School (‘European Medical School’).