The Győr Biscuits and Wafers Factory was a key player in the city for over a century, but its former site in the Sziget district has been unused for more than a decade. Széchenyi István University is building its Science and Innovation Park in Győr on this site, just 500 meters from the central campus, on the other side of the Moson-Danube. In the first phase, the renovation and conversion of the "cube building", a landmark of Győr's industrial history, will take place this year.
Closer links to the economy
Speaking at Monday's ceremony of laying the foundation stone and handing over the site, Dr. László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, said the government is providing significantly more support for Hungarian universities than previously and, thanks to the model change, has handed over more than HUF 3,000 billion in real estate assets. In addition, a HUF 2700 billion development program for higher education institutions will be implemented in the coming years, including the creation of Science and Innovation parks. The minister stressed that these parks will help universities to strengthen their links with the economy, in addition to their teaching and research activities. Dr. Palkovics pointed out that Széchenyi István University, which now has four sites - in Győr, Mosonmagyaróvár, Zalaegerszeg, and Budapest - will create two such parks simultaneously, in Győr and in ZalaZONE.
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