As of 20 January 2011 the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) from 8 European countries are part of the European network UASnet. In the network they are represented by their national rectors’ conferences. The partners of UASnet are: Finland (chair), Ireland, Portugal, Lithuania, Estonia, Flanders, Wallonia, Denmark and The Netherlands.

The partners work together to promote and strengthen the integration and contribution of the UAS sector within the research and innovation strategy of Europe. Activities are therefore focused on applied and practice based research and innovation and, of course, the exploitation of research results, which are the strenghts of the UAS's in their European regions.
UAS educate highly skilled professionals that bring an RDI mindset to the labour market.
UAS provide complete research and development innovations (RDI) for SMEs and organisations from the public sector by conducting applied research.
 It is from this integrated approach of applied research and higher education that UAS deliver social and economic development across the full spectrum of disciplines that are key to Europe’s growth.