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The six higher education institutions working together in E³UDRES² aim to co-create outstanding ideas and concepts for future universities, integrate challenge-based education, mission-oriented research, human-centered innovation as well as open and engaged knowledge exchange as interrelated core areas and establish an exemplary multi-university campus across Europe.

In addition to all university-related topics E³UDRES² is working on, it also wants to train, motivate and involve smart and ambitious people of all kinds – learners, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, non-academic staff and various other collaborators – to act as change agents transforming their neighbourhoods into smart and sustainable regions and contributing solutions to global challenges, e.g. circular economy, well-being and the human contribution to artificial intelligence.

Core topics of E³UDRES²

Future Universities

What will universities look like in the year 2030 (and beyond)? How can learning and teaching be transformed to fit the needs of the society of the future? And who will be the relevant actors to drive the change that is needed? E³UDRES² is trying to find answers to all those questions and aims to support the transition to future-proof universities.

Smart and Sustainable Regions

The higher education institutions participating in E³UDRES² together promote the development of small and medium-sized cities (being located in such cities themselves) and their rural environments into smart and sustainable regions. Trying to shape a prosperous future with the best possible quality of life for self-determined people in a progressive European society is the base of our work done on this topic of E³UDRES².

One of the core missions of E³UDRES² is to promote the development of small and medium-sized cities and their rural environments into smart and sustainable regions. E³UDRES² also co-creates outstanding ideas and concepts for future universities, integrates challenge-based education, mission-oriented research and human-centered innovation. E³UDRES² is a unique European university that is recognized for innovative approaches, as well as engaged knowledge exchange. It provides a platform for collaborative innovation for multidirectional, cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, cross-actor knowledge exchange.


The alliance is exemplary as an engaged and entrepreneurial European university that responds to the social, environmental, and economic challenges of the 21st century and is committed to sustainable development goals. It acts as a living laboratory for the society of the future in progressive European regions and connects research, innovation, education and service to the community. E³UDRES² is committed to excellence and strives for the highest quality in all areas of activity in order to promote, support and challenge motivated learners, employees and various partners in regional, European, and global contexts. Ultimately, it brings together smart individuals with different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to act at a regional level and adopts a European perspective at the same time.

How E³UDRES² is organized

Individuals from all E³UDRES² partner universities work together across all disciplines to achieve its missions and fulfill its visions. In line with its core principles, E³UDRES² attaches great importance to co-design and co-create the proposed desired multi-university together with all members, associated partners and other relevant stakeholders. Therefore, all members are involved in all research and administrative actions to a comparable extent. The coordination of the various responsibilities is also equally distributed to almost all members.


The team working on General Management and Coordination ensures efficient overall coordination in accordance with the defined project plan, is responsible for the project budget and takes into account all objectives and the proposed long-term mission. It is also responsible for quality assurance.


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This team prepares, from the regional context, a possible scenario for a future university. It also helps to create local ownership of both the project and the future of the alliance. It is also responsible for offering training on and testing of future-casting, new management approaches and interaction methods and exchange of experience with different stakeholders for E³UDRES members as well as regional stakeholders.


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The group working on Learners & Educators is responsible for organizing so-called I Living Labs as well as deep-diving into new ways and methods of teaching. In order to do that, they team up with T-shaped innovators as well as educational entrepreneurs.


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The researchers collaborating in E³UDRES² are organized in three research networks - Circular Economy, Wellbeing & Active Ageing and Human Contribution to Artificial Intelligence. They are responsible for writing proposals, carrying out Citizen Science projects as well as hosting annual Living Labs (not to be confused with I Living Labs).


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This team is responsible for organizing and hosting events like Bootcamps and Hackathons.  


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The task of everyone working on dissemination and sustainability is to make sure E³UDRES² has a wide reach and is sustainably anchored as a long-term commitment. This team also works on everything marketing-related, manages our E³UDRES² social media channels, collaborates with campus media and hosts events like annual E³UDRES² conferences.


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ideas & concepts

E³UDRES² not only co-creates outstanding ideas for its core topics "Future Universities" and "Smart and Sustainable Regions", it also encourages everyone to submit their own ideas. Find out more about the interesting concepts we have received!

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Research at E³UDRES²

E³UDRES² has established three research topics, each specializing in a different topic. These research topics are based on cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration towards relevant challenges, such as well-being and active ageing, circular economy, and human contribution to Artificial Intelligence (AI). These research subject matters connect experience in diverse scientific core disciplines, which are already well-established on several member-campuses with recognized scientific staff. The research topics include not only researchers, but learners, innovators, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders and (regional) communities that interact with the international scientific communities and innovation ecosystems and provide widely acknowledged scientific results.

Circular Economy

The goal of this research topic is to contribute to a transformation of our currently linear (take-make-consume-throw away) economy into a circular one (take-make-consume-remake). The Circular Economy Network has established a number of fields of common interest, which all intend to contribute create circular economic processes to reduce waste to a minimum, save raw materials, and reduce the pressure on the environment:

• Water reuse

• Material recovery

• Waste Management

• Energy reduction

• Food supply

Human Contribution to Artificial Intelligence

This network aims at decreasing the barriers of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in various areas of our life by increasing the interaction between humans and the AI. This involves aspects of explainability and trustworthiness, as well as technical barriers like data availability and quality. The Human Contribution to AI Network has identified the following common areas of interest:

• Virtual Reality (VR) and AI in active living and active aging

• Challenges in agriculture, with a focus on viticulture

• Trustworthy data sharing among companies

• Utility, waste, and related challenges in smart cities

• Prediction of “moral behaviour”, e.g. in law enforcement

Wellbeing & Active Ageing

The ultimate goal of this research topic is to close the gap between life expectancy and years lived with disability. The Well-being and Ageing Network has established 4 main lines of common interest. Combined they intend to contribute with innovative solutions to the prevention of functional decline (while promoting functional ability) of the individuals to be as able-bodied as possible throughout their lifespan. These lines are:

• Functional longevity

• Proactive health and well-being management

• Productive and positive Ageing

• Ageing in place

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