Networking Session on the European Universities Initiative

Open to EURASHE members and non-members


Oct 2023

Meeting | Online

14:00 – 15:30 CEST

This networking session aims to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing among EURASHE members and other interested institutions regarding the new call for European University Alliances (published on 3 October).

It will provide a platform for institutions to discuss their successful experiences, share insights, and explore potential alliances for the call recently published by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).  

Several EURASHE members have already been successful in receiving the funds to secure their role in the initiative. We want to build on the success of the existing alliances funded under the previous calls by encouraging more applied universities to build new or join existing alliances. This is particularly important as the current call will take the number of alliances to 60, the maximum number foreseen by the European Commission. Reinforcement of existing alliances with new members is foreseen for the 2026 Erasmus+ work programme (call in 2025).  

Applied universities provide a specific contribution to higher education systems and the European Education Area, since they are close to the world of work and embedded in their regional innovation and skills ecosystems. The European University Initiative recognises the diversity of Europe’s higher education system, and the successful applications of applied universities show that many have the capacity, motivation and ability to successful participate or coordinate alliances.  

This online session will be followed up through further support to building alliances and a call to contribute to the 33rd EURASHE Annual Conference, to be hosted by Alliance Coordinator St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in May 2024.

Welcome and introduction

Hannes Raffaseder, EURASHE President

Overview of the European Universities Initiative and current call

Jakub Grodecki, EURASHE Policy and Project Manager

Success stories from the coordinators of four existing applied university alliances
    • RUN-EU (2020) – Liam Brown, Technological University of the Shannon, Ireland
    • E³UDRES² (2020) – Hannes Raffaseder, St. Pölten UAS, Austria
    • EU4DUAL (2022) – Jon Altuna, Mondragon University, Spain
    • U!REKA (2023) – Mikael Vainio, Metropolia UAS, Finland
Discussion among participants

Moderated by John Edwards, EURASHE Secretary General

Follow up and next steps