RUK is a network of research centers of art and culture at the intersection of contemporary technologies, science, and the economy. In this interdisciplinary hub, innovative products and services for the soft and humane technology of the future are being developed. The project is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.

RUK’s goal is the integration of art and culture in scientific and technological research, development and innovation, digitalization, entrepreneurship, training, and education with an emphasis on humanities and social sciences, ecology, circular economy, and sustainable development. RUK is a part of decentralized Slovenia and contributes to even regional development and supports the three fundamental pillars of the S4 development strategy: digital development, the circular economy, and Industry 4.0.

The network of RUK centers consists modularly of three locally-regionally-nationally-internationally located platforms DDT, PiNA, and KIBLA, which capillary connect operators from their environments, platforms, and networks. Partnerships include scientific organizations and institutions, companies, universities, and other educational institutions. Connecting domestic stakeholders and their capacities, promoting the development of breakthrough and integrated new products and services, enable their involvement in the preparation and implementation of more demanding development projects in the post-corona period.