EURASHE community discussed the impact of Universities of applied sciences on the regions

On 13 February EURASHE organised a Roundtable ‘Regional engagement of Universities of Applied Sciences: concept and impact’ which gathered professional higher education experts and policymakers to discuss the importance of the Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter – UAS) in the European regions. The event was hosted by the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU.

The Roundtable was launched with the welcome speech by Ambassador Pedro Lourtie who emphasised the importance of UAS in fostering European competitiveness and innovation. His welcome was followed by Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE Secretary General who presented EURASHE activities and recently launched project ‘UASiMAP’ on mapping regional engagement activities on European UAS.

John Edwards, Project leader at Joint Research Centre (European Commission) gave an overview of the ongoing project Higher Education for Smart Specialisation (HESS project) which focuses on how higher education and Higher education institutions (hereafter-HEIs) can contribute to the successful implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies (hereafter-S3). He also shared with participants the main results from the JRC Science for Policy report on Regional Innovation Impact Assessment Framework for universities (2018).

Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer from the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD presented results of the Benchmarking Higher Education System Performance (2019). According to the findings, HEIs take different approaches to engagement depending on their missions, locations and other factors and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to engagement.

Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt, Executive Director, Institute for the Development of Education in Croatia, presented the results from TEFCE project  which aims to develop innovative and feasible policy tools at the university and European level for supporting, monitoring and assessing the community engagement of HEIs. He also presented a Community engagement toolbox which allows for HEIs to demonstrate the value for communities, brings attention to good practices and serves as a basis for the improvement in community engagement activities.

Peter Baur, from DG Education and Culture (EAC) presented the European Commission and the OECD initiative HEInnovate which serves as a self-assessment tool for HEIs who wish to explore their innovative potential. A tool measuring higher education institutions’ impact on the regions which will be developed during EURASHE project ‘UASiMAP’ will be integrated under the HEInnovate platform as well.

The outcome of the Roundtable will feed into ongoing ‘UASiMAP’ project activities and developments.

Moments from the event are here.


Ms Dovile Sandaraite
Communications and European Affairs Manager, EURASHE
Phone: +32 (0)4 986 90 140