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

EURASHE RDI Working group met to discuss the role of PHE institutions in Smart Specialisation and the strategic planning of Horizon Europe

EURASHE Working Group on Research, Development and Innovation hold a last meeting before the summer break on 14 of June 2019. For the first time, it was attended also by representatives of the industry and SMEs, following the decision of the Board to open EURASHE’s working groups to the businesses and its representatives.

Mrs Eskarne Arregui-Pabollet (Joint Research Centre, European Commission) discussed with the group members the role of the Professional Higher Education institutions in the design and implementation of Smart Specialisation strategies and new opportunities in developing skills and enhancing growth and competitiveness at regional level under the next the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

The presentation was followed by the group discussion on its contribution to the strategic planning process for Horizon Europe, the next European framework programme for Research and Innovation. Furthermore, it has been decided to create a virtual platform for exchange of information related to research, innovation and regional development which will also include information about research groups, experts and peer-reviewers and encourage more efficient exchange of information about the sector’s developments.



Mr Iskren Kirilov
Policy Advisor, EURASHE

EURASHE publishes a statement on the future of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

In view of the forthcoming revision of the Regulation establishing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the adoption of its Strategic Innovation Agenda for the period 2021 – 2027, EURASHE expresses its support to the EIT’s efforts to integrate the knowledge triangle of higher education, research and innovation and, thus, to reinforce the Union’s innovation capacity and address societal challenges. Although certain progress has been made since the creation of the EIT, much more needs to be done to bring more concrete results and tangible benefits in the future.

In this context, the EURASHE calls for more and better opportunities for involvement of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in the existing and forthcoming Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). This call is motivated by the proven capacity the UAS have to connect with the real economy, in particular the SMEs, and the society. The close cooperation between UAS and companies is not only evident in their applied RTI-profile, but also in the profile of their researchers. Besides their specific scientific competences they also have the necessary practical experience in the respective professional fields, and the ability to adopt the entrepreneurial perspective and to convey this perspective to their students. In many places new business centres and SMEs’ incubators have been established, as well as office facilities and other services for students finding new businesses.

The EIT’s support and attention to the UAS will, therefore, have a multiplier effect on all components of the knowledge triangle. EURASHE is at the disposal of the EIT and the European Commission to facilitate the participation and the engagement of the UAS in the EIT’s activities, which at present are underrepresented.

Read the full statement here.

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