Sustainable Human Inclusive Future-proof Transition

Through the 2023 Erasmus+ European Universities Initiative Call, we will take a major leap in our collaboration, in terms of both quality (a long-term, more structured and strategic collaboration), and quantity (a broader network with larger group of more diverse partners). We intend to achieve this leap through establishing the U!REKA SHIFT project (Sustainable Human Inclusive Future-proof Transition) which is essential to turn the U!REKA alliance into the U!REKA European University Network. Read a summary of our plans on this page and please consult the full mission statement below for detailed information.

It was announced on 3 July 2023 that U!REKA SHIFT has been selected for funding as part of the European Universities Initiative. Read more here.


Our vision is to create a profound shift towards climate neutral and eventually climate positive societies by establishing the U!REKA SHIFT project, as a step towards transferring ourselves to the U!REKA European University Network, where we shape professionals who are able to accelerate the needed transition. Our universities of applied sciences have a wide and diverse student population located in large European cities. These students will go on to work in diverse sectors of the economy and society, which makes our position crucial to the European journey towards a green and digital transformation.

U!REKA SHIFT partner network

The new U!REKA SHIFT strategy brings together some 30 full (FP) and associated partners (AP) from across Europe.


The U!REKA SHIFT mission consists of three main objectives, underlying our joint vision:

1. To establish a sustainable inter-university campus, based on a long-term strategy on education, ensuring seamless mobility and with respect for good governance;

2. To become a lighthouse European University for challenge-based and collaborative learning and innovation; and

3. To shape U!REKA future-proof urban professionals who will accelerate the transition towards climate-neutral and smart cities

U!REKA's vision of an inclusive and connected European University campus.

The U!REKA Way Forward

During the four years U!REKA SHIFT funded period as a European University, we will deepen our collaboration to become more systemic, structured and sustainable, based on our joint vision and mission. We will focus on improvement and tight collaboration in several fields to achieve this: governance, stakeholder and student engagement, the inclusive and connected campus, centres of expertise with knowledge-creating communities and challenge-based collaborative education. The work done during this period and the results and lessons learned stemming from this, will be the solid foundation for our sustainable collaboration as the U!REKA European University Network for the coming decade and beyond.

Published by  Communication 1 August 2023