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 41 European universities – 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.
With a multidisciplinary international team, E³UDRES²’ core topics of research revolve around the foundation and establishment of Future Universities, as well as the transformation of their environment and local communities into smart and sustainable regions. Scientists and educators with different backgrounds and experiences from all partner universities of E³UDRES² are currently actively conducting research and novel approaches in the areas of circular economy, human contribution to artificial intelligence, and wellbeing and active aging. E³UDRES² pools knowledge, core competences and skills and shares resources of the following six higher education institutions:
Higher education institutions in E³UDRES²
E³UDRES² is formed of six higher education institutions located all over Europe:
E³UDRES² is supported by nine associated partners from all partner countries, all of which provide expertise and know-how in the context of E³UDRES², give feedback on concepts and ideas, support the dissemination and sustainability of the alliance as well as co-host events.