The University of Oviedo is a public institution of higher education and research in the Principality of Asturias (Spain). It offers a full range of undergraduate degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in all knowledge areas and postgraduate degree programs in collaboration with national and international universities and more than 250 companies. The University of Oviedo undertakes 80% of the R&D and Innovation activities carried out in Asturias, and has cutting-edge services and facilities to accelerate knowledge transfer to the business world. Through the University´s Campus of International Excellence project “Ad Futurum” the region Asturias has established a Strategic Alliance integrated by over 300 institutions and a transparent and participative governance system. The International Graduate Centre, the Cluster of Energy, Environment and Climate Change and the Cluster of Biomedicine and Health are three of the main elements that are focused on to promote technology development and innovation in strategic sectors for the region (like for example actually: energy transition, reduction of CO2 emissions, biotechnology and agri-food, active and healthy ageing, circular economy) and to guarantee the R&D excellence.
The Asturian Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3) has selected 16 thematic priorities grouped into 6 areas of specialization. Two of the areas are dominated by an approach towards economic activity and its markets (the Steel Pole and the Health Pole). The other four areas of specialization ((1) Advanced and Raw Materials, (2) Agri-food Markets, (3) Additive manufacturing and digitalization, (4) Energy Efficiency, Smart Transport and Security Systems and water management) are identified through by industrial sectors governed by technology. These scientific-technological thematic priorities have their origin in the knowledge capacity of the regional R&D centers and are aligned with the technologies that the economic and industrial growth demands to improve its competitiveness.