Fulda University joins the European University Alliance E³UDRES²

Fulda University´s president Prof. Dr. Karim Khakzar at the ceremony in Brussels

Fulda University´s president Prof. Dr. Karim Khakzar at the ceremony in Brussels; Photo: Thomas Berger, Fulda University

With its inclusion in the European University Alliance E³UDRES², Fulda University of Applied Sciences is establishing its position in the European and international higher education landscape.

Joining the alliance is a further important step towards internationalisation and a magnificent achievement for Fulda University.

On Wednesday, 8 June 2022, Prof. Dr Karim Khakzar, President of Fulda University, signed the agreement to become a partner of the European University Alliance E³UDRES² in Brussels.
Since 2019, the European Commission has been funding 41 European Universities, each of which comprising six to nine higher education institutions. 32 German higher education institutions are members in the alliances, amongst them only two universities of applied sciences (UAS).

Fulda University is only the third university of applied sciences in Germany that forms part of a European University Alliance. To do this, it had to prevail over 20 other European universities in a competitive selection process. The Dutch Saxion University of Applied Sciences will also join the alliance as a new member. This means that eight instead of six universities from eight different EU countries are now involved in E³UDRES².

Karim Khakzar is convinced that “as a partner in this European University Alliance, we will now gain even greater visibility in the European higher education landscape”.

The university profile fits perfectly into the alliance

Key reasons for applying for membership were the composition and thematic orientation of the network:
E³UDRES² stands for “Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions”. The network consists of six higher education institutions (including two universities and four universities of applied sciences) in small and medium-sized cities in rural areas. The network’s central aim is to (further) develop towns and regions represented in the network through application-oriented research and innovative teaching and learning projects, and to foster their development further, in cooperation with important stakeholders of the regions. Fulda University’s profile is a perfect match for the alliance’s three designated themes: Circular Economy, Active Ageing and Wellbeing and Human Contribution to Artificial Intelligence.

“Regional engagement, a strong research focus as a university of applied sciences, promotion of entrepreneurship and civic engagement, as well as the acquisition of key competencies for an open and international university – this is what we stand for and what we want to continue to promote within our university and together with our alliance partners," explained Khakzar. “Broad participation is required on all levels. This is why I would like to encourage all members of our university, especially students, to get involved.”

Signing the agreement in Brussels was embedded in a ceremonial act, attended by representatives of the European Commission and the head of the European University Alliance Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Hannes Raffaseder (St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria). The ceremony was opened by the responsible European Commissioner, and was followed by a panel discussion on the importance of European University Alliances for the regional development.

Fulda University will now join forces with its partners to work on the network’s future strategy and vision. This will lead to a joint application for funding for the next phase of the European University Alliance E³UDRES² by February 2023.

More information:
For more information about the network, please visit: https://eudres.eu/news/eudres-alliance-welcomes-new-partners
You can also contact the Head of the International Office, Julia-Sophie Rothmann: rothmann@hs-fulda.de