Liège, partner city of the new Smart City Institute
Hosted in the Management School of the University of Liege (HEC-ULg) and in the continuation of the activities led by the Accenture Chair in Sustainable Strategy since 2010, the Smart City Institute has just been launched, under the direction of Professor Nathalie Crutzen and with the support of both public (City of Liege) and private partners (Accenture and Belfius).
This new academic institute aims at stimulating research, teaching, innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of the “smart city”.
From its beginning, a real national and international perspective will be given to the activities led by the Smart City Institute. Nevertheless, in a first time, the Smart City Institute, and more particularly its « City Lab », will focus on the territory of Liege in order to contribute to its economic, social and ecological development. This first step will anchor more the actions carried out by the University of Liege on the territory of Liege.
According to Willy Demeyer, deputy mayor of Liège : « Defining the smart city of tomorrow must be a collective initiative. Local authorities, universities, "hautes écoles", but also citizens and the private sector, they all have a piece of the solution, may it be technological or societal. Our common goal is to improve the quality of life"
The city of Liège is a member of Energy Cities since 2006.