Who we are

Everything you need to know about the E³UDRES² European University Alliance

E³UDRES² is a European University Alliance - a network of higher education institutions located in Europe, that have decided to closely work together and collaborate in the fields of research, teaching, innovation and much more.

The Higher education institutions in E³UDRES²

📍 St. Pölten, Austria

Find more about St. Pölten UAS here

📍 Various Locations, Hungary

Find out more here.

Fully engaged in E³UDRES² activities, currently holding the status of Associated Partner due to restricted access to EU funding

📍 Various Locations, The Netherlands

Find out more about Saxion University of Applied Sciences here.

📍 Various Locations, Belgium

Find out more about UC Leuven-Limburg UAS here.

Located in the city of St. Pölten, Austria, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences is a key player in the domestic higher education landscape. With about 3,400 students and 350 staff members, STPUAS has become part of the structural change the city of St. Pölten has gone through - from traditional industrial region into a knowledge hub, with a rising number of SMEs. St. Pölten UAS is the lead of the E³UDRES² Alliance.

Find out more about St. Pölten UAS on their website.

Fulda University of Applied Sciences takes pride in their high-quality teaching in a broad range of subjects, as well as modern, demand-oriented formats and a personal atmosphere. The university is strong in research, with independent doctoral degrees in profile-forming areas. Teaching and research are closely interlinked and benefit from each other both in terms of content and structure.

Find out more about Fulda University of Applied Sciences on their website.

The Polytechnic University of Setúbal, Portugal, is the alliance’s representative from the south-western end of Europe. With 7,000 students and 800 staff members, the Polytechnic University of Setúbal aims to contribute to the Setúbal region’s sustainable development through the education of its population, research and development applied to the regional challenges, knowledge and technology transfer activities, provision of services to the community, and dissemination and promotion of science and culture.

Find out more about the Politechnic University of Setúbal on their website.

Jamk University of Applied Sciences is based in Finland. Focussing on new learning approaches, innovation and entrepreneurship, Jamk is getting its students ready for the future. The university is also very active in the field of research, and involved in the development of the region it is located in.

Find out more about Jamk University of Applied Sciences on their website.

The headquarters of the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hungary, are located in the town of Gödöllö (35,000 inhabitants) about 35 km north-west of the capital Budapest in a suburban area, creditably teaching agriculture and related life sciences. The institution has gained experience in a number of projects based on its educational, research and advisory potential which can contribute to the success of collaborative work between European universities.

The institution is fully engaged in E³UDRES² activities, but currently holding the status of Associated Partner due to restricted access to EU funding.

Find out more about the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences on their website.

With more than 25.000 students, Saxion University of Applied Sciences is definitely the biggest institution within the E³UDRES² Alliance. The university strongly focuses on equipping their students with the tools to successfully navigate an ever-changing world and get hands-on experience already during their studies.

Find out more about Saxion University of Applied Sciences on their website.

UC Leuven-Limburg University of Applied Sciences' 5 faculties and 8 campuses are distributed all over Limburg, the smallest province of Belgium. UC Leuven-Limburg focuses strongly on their students' wellbeing and their employability after they graduate.

Find out more about UC Leuven-Limburg UAS on their website.

The Politehnica University Timișoara, Romania, has been around for over 100 years - it is an institution that focuses on advanced research and education, having around 15.000 students and 10 faculties. Today, it is one of the traditional Romanian schools and is recognized nationally and internationally both through the work of generations of teachers and the outstanding work of prestigious academics.

According to tradition, the mission of UPT resides in meeting the competence requirements of the societal environment by providing superior training at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Bearing fundamental values, the university mission reflects at the same time concern for the future of society, by tracing its development at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Find out more about the Politehnica University Timisoara on their website.

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia is a state educational institution located in the Vidzeme region. The institution was founded for promoting the economic, political and social development of the Vidzeme Region - which it surely did! Apart from higher and further education possibilities, the university has become an essential partner in solving the development issues of the dynamic Vidzeme Region and the city of Valmiera. The university is well known for its international profile, qualified staff and a balanced link between theory and practice.

Find out more about Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences on their website.



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Meet the team behind E³UDRES²

The E³UDRES² European University Alliance is made up of nine higher education institutions comprising a total of more than 10.000 staff members and 100.000 students. There's obviously thousands of people that contribute to the alliance, and we unfortunately cannot showcase all of them, but we can give the stage to the core E³UDRES² team responsible for coordinating E³UDRES² activities at their home institutions.

The E³UDRES² Managing Board

Hannes Raffaseder

E³UDRES² President

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Karim Khakzar

E³UDRES² Vice-President

Fulda University of Applied Sciences

Agnese Dāvidsone

E³UDRES² Vice-President

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Michal Karpíšek

Secretary General

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Gabriele Permoser

Managing Director

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

E³UDRES² Coordinators at the institutions


St. Pölten University Of Applied Sciences

E³UDRES² Project Manager

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Polytechnic University of Setúbal

E³UDRES² Site Coordinator @ Politechnic Institute of Setúbal

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Zsuzsanna TARR

Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences

E³UDRES² Site Coordinator @ Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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UC Leuven-Limburg University of Applied Sciences

E³UDRES² Site Coordinator @ UC Leuven-Limburg UAS

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Politehnica University Timișoara

E³UDRES² Site Coordinator @ Politehnica University Timisoara

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Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

E³UDRES² Site Coordinator @ Vidzeme UAS

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Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences

E³UDRES² Site Coordinator @ JAMK UAS

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Fulda University of Applied Sciences

E³UDRES² Site Coordinator @ Fulda UAS

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Saxion University of Applied Sciences

E³UDRES² Site Coordinator @ Saxion UAS

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E³UDRES² Board of Student Representatives

The E³UDRES² Board of Student Representatives is the main body of student representation within the E³UDRES² Alliance. It is composed of students from all partnering institutions and represents the interests of students from all E³UDRES² universities. Many of the members of the board are also active in the student representation of their home university.

Professional Guidance: The E³UDRES² Advisory Board

The E³UDRES² Alliance is supported by the members of its Advisory Board: Various high-ranking professionals dedicate their time and expertise to give feedback on E³UDRES² activities, plans and visions. The Advisory Board also helps to keep in track with the needs, challenges, and opportunities of collaborators, partners and various other stakeholders.

Maria Fernanda ROLLO

Professor at New University of Lisbon, specialized in Economic History


Professor at University of Lisbon, specialist in Innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial policy


Senior Economist, OECD

Giorgia PONTI

Junior Policy Analyst, OECD

Richard TUFFS

Friends of Smart Specialisation


Deputy Head of Innovations Policy Department, Latvian Ministry of Economics


Director / Co-Founder Bantani Education

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E³UDRES² Associated partners

E³UDRES² is supported by various associated partners from all partner countries, further anchoring the network in the E³UDRES² regions. Our partners support the alliance for example by providing expertise and know-how in the context of E³UDRES², giving feedback on concepts and ideas, supporting the dissemination and sustainability of the alliance, as well through co-hosting events.

Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve/APS
Ars Electronica
Central Finland Chamber of Commerce/Keski-Suomen kauppakamariry  
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Fulda 
City of Fulda 
City of Jyväskylä/Business Jyväskylä - Jyväskylän Kaupunki
City of Leuven 
ecoplus - The Business Agency of Lower Austria         
➞ ENA - Agencia de Energia e Ambiente da Arrabida
➞ EURASHE - European Association of Institutions in Higher Education 
➞ Fulda District 
➞ IAFeS/International Association for eScience 
Jaga N.V. 
➞ Latvian Investment and Development Agency
➞ Leuven MindGate 
➞ OOST Nederland N.V. 
➞ Region Fulda Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH 
➞ Regional Council of Central Finland/Keski-Suomen Liitto
S.Energia. Agencia Regional de Energia
➞ Start Campus. Start – Sines Transatlantic Renewable & Technology Campus, S.A. 
➞ Timis County Council
Timisoara Mayorie
➞ Valmiera Development Agency 
Vidzeme Planning Region
➞ VKW Limburg 
➞ West Regional Development Agency – ADR Vest
➞ Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg
➞ E³UDRES² - Verein zur Förderung, Koordination und Weiterentwicklung der European University Allianz für smarte und nachhaltige Regionen

Associated Universities

Bohdan Khmelnytskyi National University of Cherkasy (Ukraine)
➞ Cherkasy State Business College (Ukraine)   
➞ Sumy State University (Ukraine)
Luigj Gurakuqi University of Shkodër (Albania)
➞ Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës (Albania) 
➞ University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj (Kosovo)

What about the numbers in E³UDRES²?

E³UDRES² is an acronym for Engaged and Entrepreneurial European (3xE = E³) University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable (2xS = S²) Regions. Sounds more complicated than it really is - if you say E³UDRES² out loud, you would just say it as "EUDRES" (sounds like you-dress), without any numbers involved.


It was late autumn in 2017 when EU leaders met in the swedish city of Gothenburg to outline a vision for education and culture in the European Union. Long discussions held at this summit resulted in the idea of strenghtening and enabling mobility and exchanges for young Europeans and establishing a network of so-called European Universities. The overall aim of these European Universities is to open up the world to young Europeans: Not only by enabling them to cooperate across languages, borders or disciplines, but also because it is necessary to address societal challenges and skills shortages faced in Europe.

Following this initiative, a large number of universities all over Europe started creating ties with other higher education institutions. As a result, to date, this synergy led to the establishment of 44 European universities (as of Aug 2022) – one of them being E³UDRES².

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 project and pass on the values and strategic goals of E³UDRES². As a result, on October 1st, 2020, the time had finally come and E³UDRES² celebrated its official launch.

E³UDRES² focuses on rural (non-urban) regions and their potential to transform into smart and sustainable regions. All E³UDRES² institutions come from small to medium-sized cities. E³UDRES² also aims to create a prototype for a "Future University", and might ultimately become one big multi-university campus.

In terms of research, E³UDRES² has three clear fields of interest it is working on: Circular Economy, Human Contribution to Artificial Intelligence, and Wellbeing & Active Ageing.

Find out more about what E³UDRES² does here.

If you're a student, university staff member, citizen, regional authority or business owner from one of the E³UDRES² regions, we have a lot of opportunities for getting engaged on our Get Connected page.

If you have an idea you'd like to realize together with E³UDRES², please just reach out through our contact form (on the bottom of this page), or write to us at office@eudres.eu!

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