U!REKA conference showcases urban research projects

23.11.2017

Anna-Maria Vilkuna, Director, RDI, states that the U!REKA alliance offers an excellent international strategic network for Metropolia UAS.

Professor Alistair Sambell, Vice Principal at Edinburgh Napier, hosted the second U!reka conference, a network of research excellence.

Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) organized its second annual conference on November 20-22, 2017, hosted by Edinburgh Napier University.

Anna-Maria Vilkuna, Director of Research and Development at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, commented that the U!REKA alliance offers an excellent international strategic network for Metropolia.

“The similar research focus, urban settings and professional life orientation make the institutions a great match and help Metropolia in realizing our strategic goals."

"Cooperation was further strengthened during the conference, which benefits not only Metropolia, but also our local and national stakeholders by expanding the opportunities for research and education.”

Six European Partners

The partners in the U!reka consortium are Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, University College Ghent and Edinburgh Napier University.

A network of research excellence

The aim of the conference was to develop a network of research excellence. The event marks the first anniversary of the formation of the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) and the signing of an agreement to collaborate on urban research projects.

Last year’s consortium launch in Amsterdam examined how the institutions could develop their shared interests in applied research, professional education and the future world of work, and also paved the way for future staff and student exchanges.

This week’s three-day conference in Edinburgh brought together more than 100 academic and professional services staff from all the partners to develop new and existing projects based on urban displacement, migration and refugees; health and wellbeing in urban environments; sustainable development; the Smart City and educational research.

The conference also offered the opportunity to discuss potential international collaborations around student and staff mobility, joint degrees, best practice in learning and teaching and approaches to library services amongst other topics.

Professor Alistair Sambell, Vice Principal at Edinburgh Napier, said the university was delighted to welcome its partners to Edinburgh for the second U!REKA conference.  He said: “We look forward to developing new and existing projects together in our academic and professional services, as well as learning from each other.

“The conference has been a great opportunity for us to keep building this strong network and working closer together to deliver our common objectives of excellence in research, student and staff mobility, international collaboration and best practice in higher education.”

For further information

Director, RDI, Anna-Maria Vilkuna, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, firstname.surname@metropolia.fi

Metropolia Signs a Strategic Consortium Agreement 28 Nov 2016

U!reka - Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance


First self-driving bus in Helsinki to Scheduled Service operated by Metropolia

15.05.2018

The driverless bus on public roads paves the way for regular automated bus service in Helsinki. A self-driving electric minibus supplied by NAVYA to the Helsinki RobobusLine accepted the first passengers on board on May 14, 2018, launched scheduled service in regular traffic on roads in the Kivikko ...

Read More

Edunation and Metropolia co-operate to accelerate international on demand education

09.05.2018

The Finnish education export company Edunation and Metropolia have signed a cooperation agreement regarding the international on demand education.
Metropolia seeks growth by investing in international on demand education, where Edunation's role is to support and strengthen this activity in the targ...

Read More

Robotbuses in Helsinki this spring

26.04.2018

From this spring onwards, there will be record numbers of robot buses driving on the roads of Helsinki. The first robot bus of the spring will start operating in Suvilahti from Thursday 26 April onwards – weather permitting! The route of the bus, which was developed in the SOHJOA project betwe...

Read More

Testing phase for Metropolia’s new campus profiles begins – let your voice be heard!

10.04.2018

Are the students of Myllypuro’s campus engineers of well-being and does developer campus describe Leppävaara perfectly?
We have now reached the testing phase of Metropolia and Miltton’s co-creation project where special charasteristics of each campus are defined together with stude...

Read More

28.03.2018

Students Helped Fulbright Foundation to Organise and Host Cybersecurity Conference

An eager group of international second year Metropolia Business School students assisted the Fulbright Finland Foundation in organising the seminar Making Democracies Resilient to Modern Threats which took place in the Grand Festive Hall at Metropolia’s Bulevardi campus on 14 March 2018.
The stude...

Read More

12.03.2018

3UAS-Professional Summer School has started and first it's time for Cambridge Venture Camp!

The Cambridge Venture Camp got 78 applicants, and 17 students were chosen to participate the camp. The camp is organized by 3UAS – Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia Universities of Applied Sciences. The program for the camp is organized by Laurea Entrepreneurship Society, LaureaES.Suvi Lehtonen &n...

Read More

23.02.2018

Changing the world through encounters – fundraising campaign launched

Metropolia has launched its fundraising campaign. We are inviting our partners to join us in encounters that speed up renewal in society, changing the world around us. Our campaign theme is “Meaningful encounters that change the world”. These meaningful encounters will be created through the ...

Read More


Displaying results ###SPAN_BEGIN###%s to %s out of ###SPAN_BEGIN###%s