UAS4EUROPE publishes statement on European Universities Networks
On 16 April 2018, UAS4EUROPE, the networking platform for universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Europe, published a statement on the European Universities Networks. The platform generally supports the idea of an emergence by 2024 of some twenty "European Universities Networks", if such an initiative provides for a better link between the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area (ERA). The statement points out that in order to truly establish the knowledge triangle, the three areas education, research and innovation should all be given due importance.
UAS4EUROPE encourages the European Commission (EC) to ensure that such networks are not restricted to purely research-intensive universities, but are composed of institutions with different profiles, covering all three areas of education, research and innovation, thus also allowing participation of universities of applied sciences and and universities of teacher education, since these can contribute through practice‐oriented and applied-science experience. Additionally, the statement stresses the importance of developing flexible and bottom-up networks in order to foster innovative approaches. UAS4EUROPE also highlights the importance of achieving additional added value with such networks, especially compared to existing structures, such as the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Technology (EIT).
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