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Nyíregyháza Partner Profile

Nyíregyháza is a medium sized city, located in North East Hungary, reasonably close to the Slovakian, Romanian and Ukrainian borders. It has a population of 117,689 and the unemployment rate is just 2.6%.

About the city

About the policy context

The good practice will be transferred within the following policy contexts:

Strengths and Weaknesses



Opportunities and Threats


A description of the Good Practice challenge in the city

The city has defined several project ideas that serve to strengthen the local economy and accelerate digital transformation. Some of these are included in the Integrated Action Plan developed within URBACT’s TechTown Action Planning Network, including the creation of a Technology Transfer and Innovation centre at former Soviet barracks; a co-working space for start-ups, young entrepreneurs in an unused building in the City Centre (low-cost redevelopment); regular meetups for the digital community, mentoring and training for start-ups; work to retain young, highly qualified professionals (scholarship program, housing allowance, etc.) and development of business infrastructure, local economic and product development activities.

Funding has been secured for the build of the Technology Transfer and Innovation Centre and construction should be complete by the end of 2019. The city also has plans to strengthen its dual training capacity based on the needs of local businesses. ‘Digital Hungary Nyíregyháza’ launched in 2015 and supports broadband infrastructure, development of the digital community and economy, development of digital skills and extending online access to public services.

Nyiregyhaza & TechRevolution

It wants to use TechRevolution to inform how the city:

The URBACT Local Group (ULG)

The ULG will build on the previous TechTown group. Its functions will include:

ULG membership will include: businesses (internet service company, graphic design studio, hardware provider, management consultancy, Edtech start-up), university, youth employment foundation, public utilities providers, tourism agency, technical vocational school and the municipality (mayor’s office and project management team).

Assets for, and barriers to, transfer

The city has significant relevant experience in collaborative development of an Integrated Action Plan with an URBACT Action Planning Network, setting up and managing a local employment pact and designing and implementing ERDF and ESF co-financed integrated urban projects. Whilst there is a richness of skill and experience, this is coupled with a sense that stakeholders are not empowered to take or implement autonomous decisions.

A number of projects are already underway which will complement the transfer process. These include the Employment Pact which will help to improve the local entrepreneurial environment and a Junior Engineer Education Programme (JEEP) which aims to increase the number of young people applying to the University of Nyíregyháza and encourage STEM applications in particular. The University is also ollaborating with the municipality to create an ‘experience centre’ for young people between 10 and 17 years of age to orientate them towards STEM careers. The Technology Transfer and Innovation Centre itself should be built during 2019 and provides an excellent opportunity to grow a digital and tech community, based on the Barnsley good practice.

However, there are a number of potential barriers including:

Practical steps to transfer the GP

Nyíregyháza a is interested in using the following techniques to transfer the good practice:

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