The framework is a three layered concept, depicted in the figure below. The synergy between the regional interests and the triple university's mission (education, R&D and value creation) will accelerate and increase the creation of societal, cultural and economic value and intensify the R&D collaboration.
Three layers of innovation partnership.
Layer 1: relations between universities- knowledge Generation & Transmission
Layer 2: collaboration on knowledge, innovation and technology transfer
Layer 3: Policy & Decision making perspective, cultural and economic activities
The interplay between the three layers is partially driven by (1) top down initiatives emanating from economic imperatives and regional policies and priorities, and (2) bottom up actions emanating from the areas of excellence in R&D and creative researchers & innovators. The top down processes typically are demand-driven and initiated by regional government and economic actors. The bottom up processes are offer-driven and initiated by knowledge centers, mainly universities.
The project "Multilayered collaboration between the City of Xi'an and the Brussels Capital Region" has the support of the Brussels capital region and the Xi'an Municipal People's Government to ensure joint implementation of the framework together with Xi'an universities, incubators and the relevant agencies.