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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

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.

The Polytechnic Institute 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 Institute 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 Institute of Setúbal 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.

Find out more about the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life 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.

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.

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.

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.



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E³UDRES² Management & Organisation

The Executive Board in E³UDRES² is composed of members of the university management of all E³UDRES² partner institutions. This board has the highest decision-making power in the consortium and deals with the strategic development of the alliance, as well as the further development of the vision, mission and culture.

The Board of Coordinators is responsible for operational implementation and planning in E³UDRES². It also ensures closely linked tasks and promotes a sound exchange of knowledge and experience across all work packages. The Board consists of all site coordinators at each E³UDRES² institution, as well as the work package leads, and is the second-highest decision making board in the alliance.

The E³UDRES² Board of Student Representatives consists of students from all E³UDRES² member institutions and aims to advocate the interests of students in the alliance. It is the main body of student representation within the E³UDRES² Alliance and helps to keep in track with the needs, challenges and opportunities of E³UDRES² students.

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Meet the people behind


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 - find out more about the members here:

What E³UDRES² Stands For

Through its collective power, knowledge, experience and expertise, E³UDRES² aims to help small and medium-sized European cities turn into what we call "Smart & Sustainable Regions": Regions that are future-proof, offer the best possible quality of life for its citizens, and stand for a progressive European society. Deeply embedded into those smart & sustainable regions, there's higher education institutions that also need to re-think the way they operate, how they educate their students, and what they stand for to be ready for the challenges the future holds - the Future Universities.

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Develop European cities and their surroundings into


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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.

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 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.

AISET | Associação da Indústria da Península de Setúbal

Find out more about AISET here.

EURASHE | European Association of Institutions in Higher Education

Find out more about EURASHE here.

IDM | Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa

Find out more about IDM here.

LIKTA | Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association

Find out more about LIKTA here.

N'Cyan - Innovation für Menschen

Find out more about N'Cyan here.


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.

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