Our "Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions" expands its consortium.
More than 20 requests from all over Europe have reached the E³UDRES² network - numerous institutions have expressed their interest in joining the E³UDRES² alliance. After a long selection process, the European University Alliance, led by St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, finally chose Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Saxion University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) as new partners for the university network. By the end of 2023, the two universities will expand the E³UDRES² consortium to a total of 8 partners - but E³UDRES² is already benefiting from the large circle of new experts, and thus from new innovative power in teaching and research.
Requests from all over Europe
The focus of E³UDRES² on the creation of future-proof universities as well as the further development of rural areas into "Smart and Sustainable Regions" has proven to be extremely interesting for universities all over Europe in the past months. Fulda University of Applied Sciences, whose President Karim Khakzar was named University Manager of the Year by newspaper "Die Zeit" in 2018, and Saxion UAS, one of the largest universities in the Netherlands with around 27,000 students, ultimately prevailed over requests from other institutions.
With these prestigious institutions joining, the E³UDRES² Alliance will comprise a total of eight higher education institutions, representing approximately 92,500 students and 10,300 employees. Since full accession into the E³UDRES² consortium is only possible after the end of the current project period in September 2023, Fulda University of Applied Sciences and Saxion UAS are initially participating in E³UDRES² as Associated Partners, but are already taking part in meetings of the various work packages and boards in order to become better acquainted with the processes in E³UDRES² and the existing team.
Some first personal contacts have also already been made: Representatives of Fulda University of Applied Sciences visited St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in March this year and got to know the E³UDRES² team after a joint tour through the new campus. During a visit to E³UDRES² partner university Vidzeme UAS in Latvia last April, they met again and also got to know representatives of Saxion UAS in person, after they had already met many times online.
Successful mid-term review
The expansion of the E³UDRES² consortium is only part of the European University's success story so far: Cohesion between E³UDRES² institutions has been further strengthened through various new (sub)projects and joint events: For example, E.I.N.S., the "E³UDRES² Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network for Smart and Sustainable European Regions" has started its work in collaboration with UIIN, the University Industry Innovation Network. E³UDRES² formats such as the "E³UDRES² I Living Labs" or the "Science Pub Quiz" have made the network tangible for lecturers, students as well as outside stakeholders from the regions.
More details about the expansion of the consortium as well as other E³UDRES² activities can be found in the latest E³UDRES² press release: