SmartPort: cooperation between academia and port

On 9 April 2015, TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, Deltalinqs and the City of Rotterdam signed an agreement to work together in SmartPort. ‘The best researchers working together with the most innovative companies in the port – only that will allow the Port of Rotterdam to meet the challenges of the future’, declared Michiel Jak, director of SmartPort.

SmartPort will have an annual sum of more than €1.5 million at its disposal for the next five years. Rob Zuidwijk, EUR professor of Ports in Global Networks and the driving force behind the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Metropolis & Mainport, says: ‘SmartPort enables universities and the Port of Rotterdam to take on new knowledge challenges together. The Centre for Metropolis & Mainport is focused on the joint development of research and education at the three universities. The two initiatives reinforce each other, sometimes because researchers directly connect with SmartPort roadmaps, and sometimes because they see opportunities in new or connecting themes.'
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Smart Port launch
Paul Smits, member of Executive Board Port of Rotterdam,  signs SmartPort contract         (photo courtesy Roy Borghout)
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