Metropolia Signs a Strategic Consortium Agreement

28.11.2016

The agreement was signed by Rector Curt Rice, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Rector Bert Hoogewijs, University College Ghent, Managing Director, President Riitta Konkola, Metropolia UAS, Rector Huib de Jong, Amsterdam UAS, Vice President Kira Kastell, Frankfurt UAS and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Alistair Sambell, Edinburgh Napier University. Photo: Liesbeth Dingemans.

Metropolia has established a strategic consortium with five European higher education institutions.

All institutions are situated in cities that are significant both financially and geographically. The aim of the consortium is to together meet the research and innovation challenges of large metropolitan areas.

At the same time, the students and professional life will have an easier access to the international possibilities offered by the network.

The consortium is called U!REKA (Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance). The acronym refers to the word “eureka” and the exclamation point emphasizes the energy and enthusiasm the institutions share in finding new solutions together.

The co-operation agreement was signed on November 28, 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In addition to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, the agreement was signed by

Metropolia has been active in building a strategic international network.

“The newly established consortium U!REKA offers us excellent partners in developing quality of education and learning. The network strengthens our ability to identify different phenomena and to find solutions to societal challenges. The strategic partnership will at its best inspire us to new experiments and forms of co-operation and boost the impact of higher education institutions”, says Riitta Konkola, the Managing Director and President of Metropolia UAS.

The shared interests of the network include e.g. an even closer co-operation between cities and higher education institutions, the well-being of aging population, the logistics and public transport of the metropolitan areas and smart solutions.

A launch conference marked the start of the international partnership on November 28-29 in Amsterdam.

The participants of the conference included the institutions’ management team members as well as over 160 experts of different fields. The conference consisted of workshops and presentations of projects and experiments.

The themes included for instance innovations in education and research, issues specific to urban areas and the societal impact of higher education institutions. Based on the presentations, the consortium members will recognize special expertise to help co-operation within e.g. research projects.

The higher education institutions of the consortium have altogether approximately 100 000 students and 10 000 academic faculty and other staff members.

The co-operation forms a significant framework for the international mobility of students, staff and professional life partners. A similar conference will be held in 2017 in Edinburgh.

Further information

www.ureka.eu

Ms. Riitta Konkola, Managing Director, President
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
firstname.lastname@metropolia.fi, tel. +358 9 7424 5003


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