On 29 November 2022, the UAS4Europe network publicised their latest paper titled “UAS’ers Guide to building innovative ecosystems” - a document offering insight into how Universities of Applied Sciences shape and contribute to regional innovation ecosystems. UAS4Europe is a network of 450 universities of applied sciences from 24 European countries that has committed itself to promoting innovation in European regions. The launch event in Brussels also featured inputs by E³UDRES² Lead Coordinator Hannes Raffaseder, who also was a part of the Expert Group working on the paper over the last months.
The “UAS’ers Guide to building innovative ecosystems” sets forth the central role played by universities of applied sciences in the establishment and strengthening of innovation in regional ecosystems. It is in the training of young talents, the development of promotional framework conditions for the foundation of businesses, and in the networking between relevant players and stakeholders in the regions that this comes into particular effect. The power of universities of applied sciences as platforms for networking and collaboration is emphasised strongly in this context – according to the guide, it is universities of applied sciences, above all, that make it possible to establish new national and international networks and opportunities for collaboration. The paper also features the E³UDRES² Alliance as a best practice example, highlighting how networks like E³UDRES² can act as collaborative platforms, creating connections across Europe.
Hannes Raffaseder, E³UDRES² Lead Coordinator, presenting E³UDRES² at the UAS4Europe event in Brussels. Picture (c) UAS4Europe
Within the framework of the event, Hannes Raffaseder not only presented E³UDRES² to the international audience, but also emphasized the importance of collaboration in his talk titled „Synergies in building European innovation ecosystems“.
Raffaseder understands universities of applied sciences as “platforms for collaborative innovation”. “Universities of applied sciences are tightly anchored in their environment. Due to their size, they can react flexibly to economic and societal developments. In other words, we are closer to the needs of the people, which enables us to work on solutions to future problems”, explains Raffaseder.
Hannes Raffaseder from @fh_stpoelten highlights the unique role of #UAS as innovation ecosystem orchestrators. The @eudres_alliance shows this ability in an impressive way! pic.twitter.com/r6JmGfH8nz— UAS4EUROPE (@UAS4EUROPE) November 29, 2022
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