The idea of E³UDRES² as a European University had been initiated by St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (Austria) in fall 2019, with the aim to create an "engaged, European, entrepreneurial University as driver for smart and sustainable regions.” The future members of the E³UDRES² consortium were then invited specifically based on their motivation to elaborate and contribute to the alliance. As a result, on October 1st, 2020, the time had finally come and E³UDRES² celebrated its official launch.
In March 2021, E³UDRES² celebrated it's launch with the Online Opening Conference under the topic “Towards Future Universities for Smart and Sustainable Regions”. The two-day event dealing with the core topics of E³UDRES², “Future Universities” as well as “Smart and Sustainable Regions”, offered new and thought-provoking insights from various perspectives.
From 23 - 24 September 2021, E³UDRES² hosted its initial Hackathon titled "Hack2Change". During the international Hackathon, teams of students and university staff worked on challenges submitted by regional stakeholders. Ever since, the E³UDRES² Alliance has successfully established many more formats, like Bootcamps, I Living Labs and iResidencies.
In April 2022, E³UDRES² announced the admittance of Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Saxion University of Applied Sciences into the consortium, expanding the E³UDRES² network from six to eight partnering institutions.
The very first E³UDRES² Strategy Forum was hosted at St. Pölten UAS, Austria, and brought together representatives from all around the E³UDRES² network. Aiming to reinforce the alliance's vision and mission, the participants worked on many key E³UDRES² priorities for the months to come.
Summer 2022 marked the reorganization of the E³UDRES² Board of Student Representatives, the official body standing in for the interests of all students of E³UDRES². Main representatives were elected, and clearer structures were established.
In September 2022, the E³UDRES² Alliance took in another renowned higher education institution: Jamk University of Applied Sciences (Finland), a university with approximately 8.000 students and 800 staff, became the ninth partner in the network.
In November 2022, E³UDRES² hosted its first Regional Stakeholders Forum at St. Pölten UAS, Austria. The event successfully brought together experts, policy- and change-makers, enthusiasts from industry, universities and development agencies from nine European regions.
In January 2023, the proposal for the continuation of the funding for the E³UDRES² Alliance was submitted to the European Commission. This next phase of E³UDRES² aims to focus on intensifying and deepening the collaboration between all partners involved - including the three new partners Fulda UAS, Saxion UAS and Jamk.
Ever since its launch in 2020, the higher education institutions in E³UDRES² have teamed up for various further projects, focusing on topics such as innovation and entrepreneurship or capacity building. Through these projects, E³UDRES² can further focus on specific challenges of its regions and support meaningful development.
First E³UDRES² Regional Stakeholders Workshop Takes Place
First E³UDRES² Research Living Labs are hosted online
E³UDRES² celebrates 1-year-anniversary
First I Living Labs kick off with more than 90 students
First E³UDRES² Science Pub Quiz is hosted online
Initial Future Students Workshop discusses education with Austrian high school pupils
E³UDRES² Student Representatives join Inaugural Session of the European Student Assembly in France
Second Research Living Labs take place on-site at Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal
First E³UDRES² Bootcamp takes place in St. Jakob, Austria
E³UDRES² joins Start-up Villages Initiative
E³UDRES² celebrates 2-year-anniversary
Second E³UDRES² Strategy Forum takes place at Polytehnica University Timisoara, Romania
First edition of E³UDRES² iResidencies takes place
Third round of I Living Labs ends with new formats piloted
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