After the advancement of both the Life Science Cluster and the Materials Research Cluster, a third expert centre will join these at the Technology Park Ardoyen in Zwijnaarde: the ICT-Cluster. Ghent University has started with the construction of a tower with the sole purpose of conducting academic research on IT, while MG Real Estate – together with Globalindus – invests in the realisation of a second building that will function as an innovation accelerator. Here, TP Vision (the official license holder of Philips TV) will concentrate all of its European Research & Development activities. And thus become an integral part of the new ICT-Cluster.
The first R&D tower will house more than 500 academic IT researchers from Ghent University and iMinds. TP Vision will locate all its European R&D activities in the second tower, where additional office space, state-of-the-art laboratories, IT development and testing rooms are still available to other R&D intensive companies. iMinds’ incubation center iCubes will be present to help IT entrepreneurs with their ventures.
The development of the ICT-Cluster is one link in Ghent’s knowledge-region strategy on IT. In the city centre a media centre is being developed at De Krook, and all over town new modern locations arrive, where many digital agencies, web developers and app companies find their new home.
The official launch of the ICT-Cluster at the Technology Park in Zwijnaarde will take place on September 27th at 16.00h. Paul Van Cauwenberge and Luc Moens from Ghent University will host this ‘digital cornerstone moment’, and a representative from the Flemish Government, Mayor Termont and Maarten Devries (CEO TP Vision) have already confirmed their attendance. A special role is reserved for Ignace De Paepe (owner MG Real Estate Group) and Wim De Waele (CEO iMinds), both important partners in this project.