The idea of building science parks and research centres
The idea of creating USP was developed in 2010, when the Ministry of Education, Research and Development, and Sport of the Slovak Republic realised there was a need for an institutional development with advanced research infrastructure and experts from key research areas. This will positively influence the Slovak economy and regional competitiveness via the support of applied research and innovations.
Project preparation process was divided into several stages:
The basic project concept was prepared in January 2012. In this concept UNIZA defined four main research areas, which were discussed during discussion and workshops with key research experts. The main aim was to implement excellent international research,
Research topics were elaborated in detailed project afterwards. Apart from these, activities such as technology transfer or industrial and regional cooperation were included in this project,
Final draft of the project was submitted in April 2013.
University science park establishment
In June 2013, Grant Contract was signed. This Grant has officially started the implementation of project activities. First employees were hired, the cooperation with partners from abroad started, business trips and negotiations were carried out. Moreover, Research expert teams were created, we had several delegation visits and we attended many opening ceremonies. Therefore, in order to make the USP more productive, it was necessary to set up internal processes, provide information and technical support as well as public procurement.
On June 10, 2014, the construction of two buildings of the USP started. Three days later, the foundation stone of the USP construction was laid on University campus. This was done in the presence of the Slovak Minister of Education, R&D, and Sport. The construction work is expected to be completed by December 2015.
On Decembre 7, 2015 , University Science Park was opened