International learning & benchmarking.
The international and comparative perspective in the activities of the Council helps to better see the Stockholm Mälar Region’s strengths and weaknesses. One way to have this is by comparing and learning from other regions in the world. The Council monitors and compares the region’s development with a special focus on transport and infrastructure and knowledge and skills. The objective is to ensure that the Stockholm Mälar Region stays internationally competitive and attractive also in the future. To achieve this, we must take advantage of our strengths and see our weaknesses.
This Council is also a member of the International Regions Benchmarking Consortium (IRBC). Members are sophisticated knowledge driven and city-centered metropolitan regions around the world that find it mutually beneficial to compare and learn from each other through data sharing and in-depth research on issues of common interest. The memberships gives access to current statistics from comparable regions with high positions in international rankings as well as wide international contacts.
Within the framework of the membership in IRBC the Council hosted an international conference in October 2016. The topic was cooperation between cities and universities – UniverCITY Partnerships. The event contributed to many new ideas about strengthening the work of the Stockholm Mälar Region as a knowledge region.
For more information about the conference and summary report see: http://www.malardalsradet.se/about-the-council-for-the-stockholm-malar-region/univercity-partnerships/presentations/
Members in IRBC are: Barcelona, Belo Horizonte, Daejeon, Fukuoka, Helsinki, Melbourne, Munich, Seattle, Stockholm and Vancouver.
For more information about IRBC see: http://www.internationalregions.org/