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What Should a European University Be Like?

A Survey on the St. Pölten UAS’ European University Alliance E³UDRES²

What Should a European University Be Like?

The European University Alliance E³UDRES² coordinated by the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences has asked the people what they know about the alliance and which topics they think are relevant for innovation and sustainability in the region.

Higher Education Institutions for Innovation and Sustainability in Rural Regions

In 2020, a European University Alliance was launched under the title “E³UDRES²: Engaged – European – Entrepreneurial University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions”. It is dedicated to the role of higher education institutions for innovation and sustainability in rural regions and aims to support medium-sized towns and their rural surroundings on their path towards becoming “smart and sustainable regions”.

The network currently encompasses nine universities from all over Europe, and more than 100,000 students benefit from their diverse activities and multiple possibilities for mobility and intercultural exchange of experience. E³UDRES² is the only such alliance in Austria that is coordinated by a university of applied sciences.

Survey: Exchange with the People

E³UDRES² is currently conducting a survey to find out whether the people have already heard of this alliance, how well they know it, and whether they have participated in one of its projects and activities yet. The target group consists of students, people with an interest in research and higher education, and the broad public.

Moreover, the survey aims to ascertain whether the topics E³UDRES² is working on are relevant for the interviewed persons and their region and whether there are any concrete challenges in the regions that E³UDRES² could help with.

“Through this survey, we strengthen important aspects of our university of applied sciences and our European University Alliance: being open higher education institutions, involving the people in research and innovation, and engaging in exchange with the population as a university and a university alliance”, says Gabi Permoser, Head of the St. Pölten UAS’ service unit for Research and Knowledge Transfer.

Project Ent-r-e-novators

The survey is carried out within the framework of the project “E³UDRES² Ent-r-e-novators”. Its aim is to establish the strategic framework conditions for further and more intensive collaboration in research and innovation within the E³UDRES² Alliance.

The E³UDRES² alliance is particularly committed to developing the potential of researchers, educators, and learners and to instruct them to become active as “Ent-r-e-novators” (i.e., entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, and innovators).

“Ent-r-e-novators bring together entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, and innovators. In other words, they are solution-oriented, curious, and open-minded people who are aware of their social and societal responsibilities and take the interests of the general public into account. They assume a leading role in the renewal of educational and research institutions as well as their transformation towards becoming open and integrative ecosystems. Inclusion and interdisciplinarity are the main pillars of the project”, explains St. Pölten UAS CEO and E³UDRES² Coordinator Hannes Raffaseder. The project Ent-r-e-novators receives funding from the European Union within the framework of the Horizon Europe programme. It is co-financed within the EU’s Erasmus+ programme.

About E³UDRES²

E³UDRES² stands for “Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions” and brings together higher education institutions from small to medium-sized towns throughout Europe with a special focus on regional roots.

Project Ent-r-e-novators

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Mag. Permoser Gabriele

Mag. Gabriele Permoser

Head of
Center for Research and Cooperation
Head of Service Unit
Research and Knowledge Transfer
Center for Research and Cooperation
FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Raffaseder Hannes

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Hannes Raffaseder

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)