Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions

E³UDRES² (Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions) is a European alliance of small and mid-sized universities and universities of applied sciences in small and medium-sized cities or regions. This regional focus gives the alliance its name E³UDRES²: Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions. The aim of the alliance is to connect rural (non-urban) environments and promote their development into smart and sustainable regions. Its focus is on three areas of research and activity: the circular economy, human contribution to artificial intelligence and wellbeing and active ageing.

A European Commission initiative 

European university alliances are an initiative of the European Commission. Since 2019, the European Union has supported 44 transnational alliances of institutions of higher education from the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. The aim of the European university alliances is to strengthen the European Education and Research Area through closer transnational cooperations and the establishment of inter-university campuses. Apart from promoting European values and identity, European university alliances help boost the excellence dimension of university education, research and innovation.

For learners and educators

E³UDRES² hosts a variety of events and activities in which students and lecturers at partner universities can actively participate. These activities take place in English. Fulda University of Applied Sciences covers travel expenses incurred in connection with the events for a limited number of persons and selected activities. Exact terms and conditions vary according to activity. Those interested in taking part can contact ronja.pralle(at)verw.hs-fulda.de.

For researchers

The university alliance E³UDRES² connects researchers at partner institutions in three research networks on the subjects of the circular economy, human contribution to artificial intelligence, and wellbeing and active ageing. More details about networking opportunities will be posted on this website. 

For innovators and entrepreneurs

One of the aims of the university alliance E³DURES² is to build bridges between science, education, business and innovation and create synergies. This enables students to learn from real-life problems and allows science to contribute to the development of the regions. In various formats such as hackathons or bootcamps, international teams of students and researchers look for solutions to regional problems. Businesses and regions can submit their “community challenges“ for this purpose. The E³UDRES² Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network for Smart and Sustainable European Regions (E.I.N.S) also offers various support options for start-ups.

For the community

Citizens from the regions of the E³UDRES² partner institutions have various ways to approach and interact with the university alliance. Regular “photovoice challenges” on Instagram draw attention to the changing themes. In a virtual pub quiz, participants’ own knowledge of E³UDRES² research subjects can be tested in an informal atmosphere. Citizens also have the opportunity to introduce their own ideas and concepts relating to universities of the future and smart and sustainable regions.


Ronja Pralle

Coordinator for the European University Alliance E³UDRES²

Building 32 , Room 113
Ronja Pralle+49 661 9640-1026
Consultation hours
Upon appointment

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