UASiMAP

EURASHE is leading the UASiMAP (Mapping Regional Engagement Activities of European Universities of Applied Sciences) project.

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The Universities of Applied Sciences play an important role in European competitiveness and innovation capacity. This is particularly true at the local level, where PHE institutions act
as a catalyst – as a crucial intersection, so to speak – between local SMEs, administrative bodies and civil society. In addition to their role in local economies, the UAS applied research activities also
play an important role in developing students’ entrepreneurship skills, contributing to further economic growth and job creation in their geographical context.

Despite the wide benefits of the UAS presence in a regional environment, there is not much data collected at the EU level on the impact that Universities of Applied Science have on their surrounding economies, nor on their cooperation patterns and on their knowledge transfer activities within a local dimension. Some of the collected data is not even categorized sufficiently in order to mark the difference between UAS and traditional universities, which makes it even harder to assess their impact on the territory and on the whole European PHE ecosystem.

There is not so much data either on the assessment of the specific, user-oriented RDI activities of the UAS. Due to their practical approach and peculiar features, the applied RDI (and – consequently
– its regional impact) doesn’t ft the metrics used for research activities carried on in traditional universities. Even as a concept, the RDI activity performed by European UAS is still a relatively new
phenomenon – which makes its definition and impact assessment extremely complex and fragmented.

The core objective of UASiMAP is mapping the regional engagement activities of European Universities of Applied Sciences by promoting, evaluating and facilitating their analytical measurement through both new and traditional indicators.

The project results will be delivered in 5 stages:

  • Collecting and analysing the previous data to build a full, state-of-the-art, knowledge base;
  • Developing the project ‘working definition’, the new and adapted indicators and the self refection guidelines for UAS specificities;
  • Testing, validating and editing all the outputs, while also training the selected UAS staff on the developed tools;
  • Elaborate and advocate policy recommendations for future development needs and possibilities regarding the framework of UAS engagement activities, including a special focus on applied RDI, relationship with employers and entrepreneurship.
Following are the partners/associated partners of the project:

  • Augentes S.r.l. - Augentes is an innovative company, which has its roots in the wide international experience of the Q&T holding and which was born to create projects that promote, develop and provide professional skills in... Read more
  • Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) - The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) was established in 1991 by the transformation of the then Institute for Higher Education Development as a semi-budgetary organization of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports... Read more
  • European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN) - Started in 2001 as an informal network, ERRIN is a well-established Brussels-based platform of around 120 regional stakeholder organisations from more than 20 European countries, most of whom are represented... Read more
  • Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA) - Vlaamse Hogescholenraad (VLHORA) The Flemish Council of University Colleges is the formal consultative and advisory body of all Flemish University Colleges. It advises the Flemish government on policy issues concerning... Read more
  • Fondazione Internazionale Trieste per il Progresso e la Libertà delle Scienze - The Fondazione Internazionale Trieste per il Progresso e la Libertà delle Scienze (FIT) is committed to increase and foster international initiatives for the diffusion and transfer of scientific and technological... Read more
  • Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (HRC) - Magyar Rektori Konferencia The Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (HRC) is a body to represent the whole Hungarian higher education institution system. Its members are the rectors of universities and colleges. The... Read more
  • Lifelong Learning Platform (LLL-P) - The Lifelong Learning Platform is an umbrella that gathers 39 European organisations active in the field of education, training and youth. Currently these networks represent more than 50 000 educational... Read more
  • Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP) - Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos (CCISP) Created in 1979, the Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos (CCISP – Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council) is the body of joint coordination and... Read more
  • Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS) - TTK University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS) is a state professional higher education institution, offering competitive professional higher education in the fields of engineering, production, technology, architecture and construction. TTK University of Applied... Read more
  • Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) - THEA is the representative body for 14 of Ireland’s Institutes of Technology, which are recognised as a major success story in Irish education. The Institutes of Technology operate a unique system... Read more
  • European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)

    Started in 2001 as an informal network, ERRIN is a well-established Brussels-based platform of around 120 regional stakeholder organisations from more than 20 European countries, most of whom are represented by their Brussels offices.

    ERRIN members are mainly regional authorities, universities, research organisations, chambers of commerce and clusters. They drive the agenda and the priorities of the whole network by taking an active role within the Working Groups or in the Management Board.

    Through its 13 Working Groups, ERRIN works with research and innovation in a very comprehensive way, promoting triple and quadruple helix cooperation approaches and the importance of regional innovation ecosystems.

    Fondazione Internazionale Trieste per il Progresso e la Libertà delle Scienze

    The Fondazione Internazionale Trieste per il Progresso e la Libertà delle Scienze (FIT) is committed to increase and foster international initiatives for the diffusion and transfer of scientific and technological knowledge, by using on a larger scale the experiences and methods developed in the last fifty years by the institutions of the Trieste system.

    Augentes S.r.l.

    Augentes is an innovative company, which has its roots in the wide international experience of the Q&T holding and which was born to create projects that promote, develop and provide professional skills in many sectors. The main company objective is to create and support worldwide international projects with value, working with determination, energy and professionalism, prostheses to create a better future.

    The large team of Augentes consists of a melting pot of professionalism, united by a strong passion for innovation and research and an absolute focus on quality. In every activity, Augentes works in partnership with the client and with different public and private companies, to obtain sustainable results and implement winning strategies that are able to truly respond to current and potential needs.

    The Augentes network includes partner companies in the European Union and in third countries and a pool of bodies and institutions that allow them to intervene with highly specialized skills in all the main areas that design global competitiveness and sustainability scenarios.

    Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES)

    The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) was established in 1991 by the transformation of the then Institute for Higher Education Development as a semi-budgetary organization of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MEYS).

    Since 1st January 2007, CHES has been operating in accordance with Act No. 341/2005 Coll. as a public research institution established by MEYS. Staff of today’s CHES has been involved in higher education research for over a quarter of a century.

    CHES’ research work is focused on Czech higher education in general and on its development. In recent years, specific topics have been concerned with the quality of higher education and the use of European standards for quality evaluation (one of the important outputs of the Bologna Process), the role of universities in regional development, the diversification of higher education and professionally oriented studies, doctoral studies, distance learning, e-learning, and other new educational methods. Currently, CHES also focuses on higher education students and graduates (Graduate 2018, Eurograduate (2018-2020) and Eurostudent VII projects), problem of drop-out (SNOP project – Study Failure with Respect to Transition from Secondary School to University), and analyzes the cooperation of higher education institutions with industry/business, inequalities in access to higher education, and the preparation of future teachers.

    Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (HRC)

    Magyar Rektori Konferencia

    The Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (HRC) is a body to represent the whole Hungarian higher education institution system. Its members are the rectors of universities and colleges. The Hungarian higher education system is very diverse; it comprises of state, church, private and foundation higher education institutions which all are represented by HRC as a public corporation both in Hungary and abroad. The conditions of operation of HRC are provided by higher education institutions. HRC is, by virtue of law, a public benefit organization with special legal status to perform also public duties set out in the Act on Higher Education in connection with its members and to the activities and duties of its members.

    Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS)

    TTK University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS) is a state professional higher education institution, offering competitive professional higher education in the fields of engineering, production, technology, architecture and construction. TTK University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of applied sciences in Estonia, currently educating 2760 students. TTK UAS offers 4-year professional higher education study programmes (240 ECTS), for daily learners, distance learners and in-service training courses in the Open University. The focus of the teaching, research and development activities of TTK UAS staff is to meet the needs of the Estonian labor market and enterprises. TTK UAS has got 5 faculties with 13 study programs. All the study programmes have passed the quality assessment and have got the licence for conducting studies. The language of instruction at TTK UAS is Estonian. For international students, we also offer study modules in English. The mission of TTK University of Applied Sciences is to support the sustainable development of Estonian society through applied higher education and knowledge transfer in the field of technology, primarily in engineering studies. The vision of TTK University of Applied Sciences is to be a reputable and internationally renowned university of professional technical education specialising mainly in the field of engineering.

    Technological Higher Education Association (THEA)

    THEA is the representative body for 14 of Ireland’s Institutes of Technology, which are recognised as a major success story in Irish education. The Institutes of Technology operate a unique system in that they allow students to progress from two year (associate degree programmes) through primary degree to Masters and PhD. Institutes of Technology awards are integrated with the highest award levels of the Irish National Qualification Framework which in turn is aligned to the Bologna Framework.They are to the forefront in ensuring that Ireland’s modern economy continues to have the requisite array of leading-edge skills demanded by our knowledge-based industries. The Institutes provide programmes that reflect current and emerging knowledge and practices and promote self-management, critical analysis, decision making and entrepreneurship. They foster graduates ready to undertake roles, responsibilities and challenges in business, industry, the professions, public services and society.

    On 12 September 2016 the Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) became the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA)

    Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP)

    Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos (CCISP)

    Created in 1979, the Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos (CCISP – Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council) is the body of joint coordination and representation of public polytechnic higher education establishments. It comprises all public polytechnics (15 in total) and all public non integrated schools (5 in total).

    Since in Portugal universities can also encompass polytechnic organic units, some of the public universities that provide polytechnic courses are also part of CCISP, these being the Universities of the Azores, the Algarve, Aveiro, Évora and Madeira.

    It is CCISP’s mission, in addition to the co-representation of polytechnic higher education institutes to collaborate in the creation of national education, science and culture policies, and to issue opinion on all issues having to do with the public polytechnic higher education system, not only in terms of legislation, but also in terms of budget.

    Furthermore, the Council also aims to contribute to the development of education, research and culture in general and to the recognition of polytechnic higher education institutions and their agents, as well as the reinforcement of partnerships with foreign entities. This is why CCISP is a member of several international networks associated with polytechnic higher education, namely, the Universities of Applied Sciences Network (UASNET) and The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

    Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA)

    Vlaamse Hogescholenraad (VLHORA)

    The Flemish Council of University Colleges is the formal consultative and advisory body of all Flemish University Colleges. It advises the Flemish government on policy issues concerning higher education, applied research, social services and the arts.

    Lifelong Learning Platform (LLL-P)

    The Lifelong Learning Platform is an umbrella that gathers 39 European organisations active in the field of education, training and youth. Currently these networks represent more than 50 000 educational institutions and associations covering all sectors of formal, non-formal and informal learning. Their members reach out to several millions of beneficiaries. In 2015 the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) became the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLL-P).