European Universities Initiative and Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS): reflections for future success

On 11 October EURASHE invited more than fifty participants, Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter – UAS) representatives and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges for UAS in view of the second European Universities’ call. The workshop was hosted by the Lithuanian Permanent Representation to the EU.

The workshop was launched with the welcome speech by the Ambassador-at-Large Simonas Šatūnas which emphasised the importance for Lithuanian UAS to actively participate at the European Universities initiative. His welcome was followed by Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Unit in the European Commission, who strongly encouraged all participants to apply, highlighting the openness of the European Universities’ initiative to all kinds of higher education institutions and the strong political support it benefits from, beyond the current EU budget. She invited UAS to be creative and ambitious in their proposals and ensured that their specificities will be taken into account during the evaluation process. 

Elena Tegovska, Team leader in the European Commission, presented the results from the first call, which led to the selection of 17 European Universities’ alliances, with the participation of 114 universities from 24 Member States. She pointed out the main success factors, namely, the relevance and level of ambition of the Alliance’s common long-term vision, the transformational impact of the proposals, their contribution to the achievement of the European Education Area (geographical balance), the consistency between strategy and work plan activities, and high involvement of students and staff at all level. 

Thomas Feige, Edinburg Napier University coordinator for the Urban Research Education and Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA), provided valuable information and practical tips and tricks for the preparation of the proposals. He viewed that, even when the proposal is not selected, the time and resources devoted to its preparation are largely compensated by the enriching professional and personal experience for all partners involved. 

Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE Secretary General, presented EURASHE activities and role, as a facilitator for the European Universities initiative. He reiterated EURASHE support to UAS and other professional Higher Education Institutions for the constitution of new European Universities alliances.

The outcome of the workshop will be brought to the attention of the European Commission on the occasion of the forthcoming European Universities Initiative event “Building the Universities of the future”, which will be held in Brussels on 7 November 2019.


European Universities Initiative

EURASHE considers that the European Universities initiative will change radically the higher education system in Europe by boosting the establishment of a genuine European Education Area. The European Universities alliances will increase the mobility of students and staff, foster the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of our Higher Education institutions, including their research and innovation capacities. This initiative is also essential to strengthen the European identity, based on a strong commitment to the European values and principles.



Ms Dovile Sandaraite
Communications and Events officer, EURASHE
Phone: +32 (0)4 986 90 140