HEI strategic networks: U!REKA as a model

30 Sep 2019 10:36 | Communication

U!REKA is examined as an example of European strategic networks in action, in a recently published journal from Laurea publications: Collaboration counts: experiences in internationalisation from Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia.

A chapter in the journal, titled Strategic partnership: The European framework and the U!REKA alliance, focuses on strategic networks among higher education institutions (HEI). It specifically examines U!REKA as a model for such networks, noting the alliance's strategy, successes and ambitions for the future.

Please see below an excerpt from the publication:

"The strategic cooperation of higher education institutions is becoming increasingly important. This is further emphasized in the European context thanks to the European Universities Erasmus+ program, piloted in 2019. However, strategic partnerships take time and effort to build up. The article focuses on how institutions can further develop international partnerships focusing on joint strategic interests. This is exemplified by the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA), an alliance of six practice-based and urban-focused higher education institutions (HEIs). The article also addresses the challenges of HEI collaboration intended to increase international partnerships on all levels and fields of the institutions, e.g. research and development, education, mobility, and academic services."

Read the full publication here: Collaboration Counts: Experiences in Internationalisation from Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia.


The publication was promoted to international audience during the 31st Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition in Helsinki, Finland. This annual event, which took place this year from 24–27 September 2019, is a highlight of the calendar year for higher education professionals around the world who are working on internationalisation in their institutions.

The article was written by two U!REKA colleagues: Elina Värtö, Head of International Relations at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Iris Bräuning, team member of the International Office at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Please contact them directly if you have any questions about the publication.