Introducing the Urban Research Education and Knowledge Alliance
Six institutions of applied sciences have established the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance of European universities and universities of applied sciences. These institutions are partnering around the shared themes of applied research, professional education, focus on our students’ future world of work and the professional development of our staff. This strategic alliance was officially launched in Amsterdam at the end of November 2016.
In addition to the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the collaborating institutions are: Edinburgh Napier University, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Oslo Metropolitan University and University College Ghent.
We cooperate to enhance the quality of our education, our research and the contribution we make to regional and urban entrepreneurship and innovation in a European context. We recognise the need and benefits to further internationalise research and education at all partner institutions, to help develop 21st century skills for students and staff and to share solutions on handling inclusion and diversity in a rapidly changing global environment.
We also recognise the need to increase visibility in Europe and will use the Urban Research and Knowledge Education Alliance as a platform to meet the objectives of the European Union in the fields of education, training, research and innovation. We believe that by bringing our institutions together, this platform will open up opportunities and enhance the status of our institutions within Europe and in the European Union in Brussels. In addition, we have the opportunity to use the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance as a platform to benchmark our institutional policies, management facilities and services and collaborate on an equal footing, respecting the unique identity as well as the responsibility of each party. Through collaboration in this Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance, we will elevate the quality of our educational and research activities to a new and international level and improve our ability to educate our students for a changing labor market.