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