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 will work together to promote and strengthen the integration and contribution of the UAS sector within the research and innovation strategy of Europe. The teamwork will therefore focus on applied research and the innovation and valorization strengths of UAS throughout European regions.
“It’s a historic moment for professional higher education in Europe”, according to Tim Creedon, the first president of UASnet. Next to giving input on European policy making concerning the applied research function of professional higher education, the partners aim to conduct comparative research on national innovation programs. The network also wants to promote thematic research collaboration between UAS across European borders, in order for UAS to enter into preferred partnerships and increase their staff and student mobility.Henrik Wolff, first vice-chair of UASnet: “I am delighted to see the growing recognition and appreciation for UAS type of research, since it has a considerable impact on economic and social development in European regions. Our teamwork enables us to position UAS research internationally and to encourage joint participation in European research and innovation programmes, together with SMEs and companies from the public sector.”
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