U!REKA conference showcases urban research projects


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

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