Hogeschool van Amsterdam

About U!REKA

A vibrant alliance of European higher education institutions

The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) consists of a vibrant partnership of eight urban-focused higher education institutions (HEIs) across Europe: the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Edinburgh Napier University; HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts; Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences; Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki; Oslo Metropolitan University; VSB – Technical University of Ostrava; and Politécnico de Lisboa.

As an international applied research, innovation and education network with common goals, U!REKA’s ambition is to educate, shape and deliver the European professionals of tomorrow. These professionals will contribute to an inclusive, intercultural and open-minded professional Europe. U!REKA commits itself to strengthen the quality and visibility of European professional education in the world-wide marketplace for talent.

U!REKA institutions partner around the shared themes of applied research, professional education, focus on our students’ future world of work and the professional development of our staff. Our alliance is committed to further the internationalisation of research and education at all partner institutions, to help students and staff develop 21st century skills, and to share solutions on handling inclusion and diversity in a rapidly changing global environment.

Established in 2016, the alliance was expanded in 2019 and now spans some 165,000 students and 15,000 staff. Since its inception, the alliance has successfully established collaborations in teaching, research, mobility initiatives and hosting joint research conferences. Its impact stretches across the four regions of the European Higher Education Area, covering approximately 14.4 million European citizens.

Published by  Communication 9 March 2020