New Initiative for Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) Launched

posted 1 Jun 2016, 08:13 by Sara Hoogeveen

UAS4EUROPE aims to strengthen the role of universities of applied sciences at the European level

 Europe needs greater and stronger involvement of its universities of applied sciences (UAS). This assertion is unavoidable if we look at European policy objectives in the area of innovation and growth.

The European challenge-based approach to research and innovation must generate more impact power. However, the potential impact of the UAS within this process has not yet been fully utilised.


On the other hand, many UAS strive for increased engagement: the prospect of fruitful international collaboration, promising cross-border partnerships, and well-resourced European funding programmes are all strong incentives for them to play a more important role at the European level. However, adequate opportunities to do so have been missing so far.


Therefore, a group of representatives for UAS from different European countries has teamed up and started a joint initiative to increase UAS's presence and visibility on the European stage.

Yesterday, UAS4EUROPE was officially launched at a high-level event in Brussels, with Director-General for Research and Innovation Robert-Jan Smits among the attendees.

UAS4EUROPE aims at providing a central platform for European UAS, allowing them to join forces and speak with one voice. This main asset for UAS is also an asset for the European Commission, as Robert-Jan Smits confirmed yesterday: "It's great to see that the universities of applied sciences are increasingly claiming their role to help regions, Member States and the EU realise their ambitions in the field of science and innovation. With their close relations with SMEs, knowledge and experience to bring research results to the market and international networks, the universities of applied sciences have much to offer. The creation of UAS4EUROPE will definitely facilitate and enhance the cooperation and contacts with the European Commission."


Joint position paper on the role of UAS in Europe

As one of its first activities, UAS4EUROPE handed over a joint position paper to Robert-Jan Smits which outlined the further role of UAS within the European Research Area (ERA) in general and, more specifically, within Horizon 2020. The position paper highlights the strengths that UAS have to offer:

·         As regional connectors

·         As key international players

·         As competent project leaders and evaluators of European projects

·         As consulting bodies

·         As contributors to European entrepreneurship

During the event, these core competencies were presented by representatives of the five organisations launching the UAS4EUROPE initiative:

·         Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE

·         Tim Creedon, Chairman of UASnet

·         Walter Schober, Vice President of Hochschule Bayern e.V., Germany

·         Luciana Vaccaro, Rector of the University of Applied Sciences and the Arts Western Switzerland, speaking on behalf of swissuniversities

·         Kurt Koleznik, Secretary General of the Association of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences FHK


The position paper is available for download at: Smart Partnerships for Regional Impact FINAL.pdf

For an animated presentation of this position paper, view:


Ideas on the European Innovation Council (EIC)

In addition to the position paper, UAS4EUROPE has already made an official appearance in April 2016 as contributor to the open consultation on a future European Innovation Council, as proposed by European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas.


The UAS4EUROPE statement is available for download at UAS4EUROPE on the European Innovation Council_final.pdf


Get in touch

At the moment, UAS4EUROPE is representing universities of applied sciences from almost 30 countries. A core group of five organisations are working together, headed by EURASHE and UASnet, acting as contact point of UAS4EUROPE.


For more information:


Twitter: @UAS4EUROPE

or visit:


UAS4EUROPE reacts on the European Innnovation Council

posted 11 May 2016, 05:21 by UASnet   [ updated 12 May 2016, 05:15 ]

UASnet has joined forces with four other European Universities of Applied Sciences organisations: EURASHE, Hochschule Bayern e.V, swissuniversities and the Österreichische Fachhochschul-Konferenz.


These five organisations work together under the umbrella: UAS4EUROPE.


A joint position paper will be presented on May 31st 2016 in Brussels. Robert-Jan Smits of the European Commission will receive the first copy. One of the action lines in the paper is influencing the European agenda to the benefit of European Universities of Applied Sciences. We got a first opportunity to do so due to the consultation that Moedas initiated on the European Innovation Council. Moedas stated: "I want to test the idea of creating a European Innovation Council, which could replicate for entrepreneurs what the European Research Council is doing for Europe's best researchers. Therefore I am launching a Call for Ideas so Europe's innovation community can tell us what they think an EIC could improve."


The contribution of UAS4EUROPE on this consultation can be found below this message.


We aim at more actions like these in the following year such as the midterm review of Horizon 2020 and the successor of Horizon 2020, in which we aim at a specific UAS instrument (Smart partnerships for Regional impact).


The position paper can be found on this website after the launch event on May 31st. Tim Creedon will be there and speak on behalf of UASnet.

UASnet 2014 Conference: Two days of focus on applied research in Copenhagen

posted 11 Nov 2014, 03:33 by UASnet   [ updated 11 Nov 2014, 03:38 ]

This year the European network of universities of applied sciences (UASnet)  conference was organised jointly with the University Colleges Denmark in Copenhagen. The theme of the conference was:  ‘Tackling the societal challenges of Horizon 2020’, the conference took place on 23rd and 24th of October 2014 at the National Museum in Copenhagen.

The two-day-programme featured four keynote speeches. The first on innovation 2.0, the second on the development of universities of applied sciences as strategic platforms for innovation, and the third on the first lessons from U-Multirank. The second day of the conference started with the fourth keynote speech on a new concept for applied science. In addition, the programme contained a number of workshops with concrete examples from the different institutions on health, social inclusion, chronic diseases, welfare etc.

Rector of University College UCC, Laust Joen Jakobsen, is the representative of University Colleges Denmark in UASnet and one of the promotors of this year’s conference taking place in Denmark.

”This conference has only confirmed that a European network for universities of applied sciences is important. The two days we have spent together in Copenhagen have shown that the participants can learn a great deal from each other, and the international development of and cooperation on education programmes and research projects shows promising potential”, Laust Joen Jakobsen says.

In his closing sum up of the conference Dr. Tim Creedon, the chair of UASnet and the representative of Institutes of Technology Ireland in UASnet, called for an increased focus on strengthening cooperation in the future.

 ”It simply requires that the employees of the institutions start working together. However, it is also quite necessary that the universities of applied sciences have a strategic approach to their research defining the substance of research projects as well as the societal value. Proposals responding to calls under Horizon 2020 should be assessed in this perspective, an assessment that must be made at the institutional level and not by individual employees”, Tim Creedon said.

Tim Creedon sees a potential in exploring further the diversity of the European UAS institutions and turning this diversity into a strength. He also called on the universities of applied sciences to establish one voice at European level.

”We must recognise that the universities of applied sciences are a young sector that still needs to work on its political positioning. We must work on structuring our communication, so it becomes more easily applicable to politicians. We must get better at communicating how the universities of applied sciences contribute to developing and creating value in society”, Tim Creedon said.

The conference at the National Museum in Copenhagen was the fourth UASnet member conference. There were approximately 90 participants at the conference.

 All the material related to the conference can be found on the conference website: 

PowerPoint presentations from the different speakers.

Photos from the conference.

Welcome speech by Minister for Higher Education Sofie Carsten Nielsen (video)

Text by David Erichsen

UASnet Conference 2014 in Copenhagen

posted 27 Jun 2014, 07:18 by UASnet   [ updated 27 Jun 2014, 07:24 ]

UASnet Conference 2014 in Copenhagen on October 22nd and 23rd: Tackling the Societal Challenges of Horizon 2020

The Universities of Applied Sciences Network (UASnet) hereby has the honor to invite researchers, policymakers and stakeholders to this year’s UASnet conference, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 23rd and 24th of October 2014. The conference focuses on applied research in the field of social and health related issues.

High-profile European speakers and researchers will provide innovative presentations and inclusive workshops to guarantee you a challenging, thought-provoking and ambitious programme. The sessions will revolve around a carefully selected set of the Societal Challenges as set out in Horizon 2020, and the focus will be on social and health related issues:

  • Health, demographic change and well-being;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies; 
  • UAS in a changing higher education landscape // U-Multirank, how do UAS relate to society.

For extended information, registration, payment, suggestions for hotels, preliminary program and much more please explore the official conference website which will be updated continually.

The participant fee for the full 1 ½ day program is 200 Euros which includes full catering and conference participation. The deadline for registration and payment is August 29th, 2014 at noon after which your registration is binding. Be aware that only a limited number of vacancies for the conference are available, so register as soon as possible if you want to secure your participation.

For you as participants the conference will offer and form the basis of:

  • Exchange of best practices and knowledge accumulation on the selected topics
  • Fostering new research proposals;
  • Building up new consortia.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Copenhagen this autumn.

UASnet/ERRIN event on Industrial Leadership Nov 7 2013 Brussels

posted 12 Nov 2013, 08:36 by UASnet   [ updated 29 Nov 2013, 07:22 ]

On Thursday Nov 7 UASnet organised, together with ERRIN, an event on Industrial Leadership in Brussels at the Wales House of Education.

Over 100 people registered, bringing together researchers and policy makers from more than 10 European countries.


The key-note speech was delivered by Mr Martin Sadowski, senior member at DG Research, Innovation and Science. UEAPME, EARTO and other relevant stakeholders contributed to the event, including 4 cases studies on Industrial research.


Power Point presentations can be find below.

Best practice applied reseach from Finland: 'Accurate tool for targeted energy renovations: the U-value meter'

posted 25 Oct 2013, 07:00 by UASnet   [ updated 25 Oct 2013, 07:02 ]

Be aware of massive uncertainties in the value of your lifetime investment – your home!

The EU is progressing towards sustainable energy systems, outlined fundamentally in directives 2010/31 and 2012/27. The primary goals are that by 2020 all new buildings will be very high energy performance, nearly “zero-energy”, buildings and CO2 emissions will be reduced overall by 90% in 2050.

What remains as the most challenging issue to be solved? Naturally, bringing the millions of energy-wasteful older buildings throughout Europe up to modern requirements in energy efficiency. Their energy characteristics should also match the overall goals. Consequently, extensive and massive renovations are required. Allocation and sequencing of the coming renovations action is the most extensive risk for any residence owner. Partial renovations should be performed according to profitability. This is directly defined by the impact on energy efficiency and required cost of the respective renovation action.  

Energy consumption in residences is the sum of household electricity, hot water and heating. The first two are both easily measured and allow identification of the most significant energy loads and thus targets for extensive savings. Heating and its respective energy losses are, however, much more challenging to quantify. Heat is dissipated through the building envelope, but the energy loss is distributed unevenly. It would be most beneficial if true values of heat flux could be analysed in detail to reveal the extent of energy loss in different positions.

We have developed at Arcada a unique instrument for the analysis of heat flux through building envelopes. It analyses insulation characteristics and gives directly true heat flux “U-values” (W/m2·°C). The instrument is lightweight and using tape mounts easily onto any surface. The required time for a single measurement is typically only 30 minutes. We foresee that experts performing heat loss inspections would have 10 such devices, and so could complete a detailed analysis of an average-sized house in around 3 hours and with more than 40 single measurement values- detailed information indeed. The house owner benefits from the analysis as the results would form the foundation for renovation plans. The final outcome equates to a cost optimal renovation with an expected outcome in terms of energy efficiency.

Sign up for the UASnet-ERRIN workshop on Industrial Leadership Nov 7

posted 26 Sep 2013, 07:58 by UASnet   [ updated 26 Sep 2013, 08:06 ]

Key Enabling and Industrial Technologies in Horizon 2020 – what’s in it for universities of apllied sciences and regions?



November 7th 2013

Wales House of Education in Brussels,

11 Rond-Point Schuman, Brussels

Metro Schuman

See the programme attached for the Agenda.

Register before 21stOctober 2013 here!



Webinar on Environment October 15

posted 18 Sep 2013, 01:26 by UASnet   [ updated 26 Sep 2013, 08:02 ]

UASnet is organising a pilot webinar, an online seminar/workshop for researchers.

The webinar will focus on: EU research collaboration and funding opportunities on Environmental Science

It will be held on October the 15th, in the afternoom (time to be announced).


Researchers will be able to log in online and discuss matters with fellow reserearchers all around Europe.

The topic is intentionally not narrowed down too much in order to keep the interest group as broad as possible and also to look at funding options outside Hoirzon 2020 (the newest European programme on education, research and innovation).


For the webinar open access software is used so there are no capacity restrictions.


It would be great to profile other work and projects on the webinar so if anyone wants to volunteer from UAS institutions elsewhere it would be fantastic to hear from them.


Please sign up for the webinar by sending an email to Andrew Brownlee of Ireland's Institutes of Technology:

He will also be able to answer any (log in) related questions.


The webinar on active ageging is postponed, as we will first focus on this environmental pilot webinar.


Please spread this invitation as widely as possible, to all people who may be interested.




UASnet and SATN sign Memorandum of Understanding

posted 24 Jul 2013, 06:17 by UASnet   [ updated 30 Jul 2013, 02:19 ]

UASnet and SATN (the South African Technology Network) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The SATN was established in order to:
Promote the common interests of the UoT's. Present the views of the Universities of Technology on a national and international level
Influence the development of National Education and Training policies in accordance with nature and character of the             Universities of Technology. Promote mobility and employability of University of Technology students, academic quality by building strong Universities of Technology and relevant research and development. Assist with the transfer of appropriate technologies and promote co-operation between the universities and commerce and industry.

Purpose of this MOU is to provide a framework for the development of cooperation between the partners in higher education, research and innovation.  Therefore a memorandum of understanding has been agreed with the following primary list of concrete proposals for further cooperation:


               Exchange current developments and best practices in the field of higher education, research and innovation;

               Facilitate linkages between the partner institutions in research and innovation;

               Encourage student and staff mobility and joint curriculum development.


Innovation track during the annual Eurashe conference - Split May 2013

posted 16 May 2013, 05:49 by UASnet   [ updated 16 May 2013, 06:15 ]

On May 10 2013, UASnet organised an interesting morning programme during the annual Eurashe conference held in Split, Coratia. The theme of this morning track was Higher Education and Innovation.

Keynote speech on higher education and/in the knowledge society
Ellen Hazelkorn (photo left) delivered a keynote speech on higher education and/in the knowledge society. Hazelkorn is Vice-President for Research and Enterprise, Dean of the Graduate Research School of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) (Ireland). In her speech she provided the attendants of the Eurashe conference with an in-depth overview of the changing role of Higher Education and its implications for policy and institutions. She concluded that institutions should take the lead in socially-robust knowledge in the same way older universities dominate disciplinary research. Furthermore institutions should create competitive and distinctive advantage by building critical mass in key fields of research-informed teaching and use-inspired research – which is socially and regionally engaged and globally competitive. Geri Bonhof, President of the Executive Board of University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU) (Netherlands) chaired the meeting. After the keynote speech four working sessions followed.

Working groups
The first working group focused on the benefits of undergraduate student involvement in RDI projects and some selected highlights as examples. Mikael Paronen, Head of Department of Energy and Materials Technology at ARCADA and Henrik Wolff, President of ARCADA University of Applied Sciences chaired the meeting (presentation).

The second working group dealt with indicators of valorisation. Frank Ziegele, Director of CHE Centre for Higher Education (Germany), gave a presentation on U-Multirank. Ziegele, together with Laust Joen Jakobsen, Rector of University College UCC (Denmark), made sure everyone contributed to the working group by adding some interactive elements. Attendants discussed the different types of indicators and argued why some should, and some should not, be included in the U-Multirank project.

The third working group depicted on the synergy system, building the value chain from innovation to enterprise development. Pat Coman, Head of Research and Development at Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin) (Ireland) and Andrew Brownlee, Director of Research, Development and Innovation at Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) (Ireland) chaired this working group.

The fourth working group was dedicated to merging education and innovation, from a Croatian perspective. Mile Dželalija, Professor at the University of Split, Head of the team creating the Croatian Qualifications Framework (Croatia) gave a presentation on the different qualification frameworks and in particular on the European Qualifications Framework for Life Long Learning.

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