The Resilient Delta Initiative and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday 7 July. This means that we will collaborate more intensively on the development of a vital, knowledge-driven region. As a result, policy and implementation are more driven by knowledge, we make a direct contribution to interventions in the region and citizens are heard, seen and taken seriously.
This collaboration fits in seamlessly with our that both our knowledge institutions are confronted with to contribute to the major transitions of our time, such as rising sea levels, the energy transition, poverty and unequal opportunities, air pollution and major technological changes. We also see an important role as an emancipation engine in Rotterdam; to help students/citizens with unequal backgrounds and opportunities towards equal opportunities in society. With Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences as a partner of Resilient Delta, the desire to jointly invest in complex urban issues in Rotterdam is confirmed. We want students, teachers, researchers and the business community to come up with resilient solutions in and for the Rotterdam delta and to implement them all over the world.
With this ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ we confirm our collaboration in existing initiatives such as SPRING and the Child Poverty project, where a lecturer from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, an endowed professor from Erasmus University and two PhD students working together with the Municipality of Rotterdam and Stichting Kinderhulp to develop integrated solutions. We want to further expand this collaboration to new projects, Living Labs, joint knowledge centers and consortia around the themes of citizenship, living environment & equal opportunities, methodologies regarding research and practice and challenges related to urban climate and urban ecology.