On the road to inclusive, sustainable and smart cities

Successful application of the U!REKA university network to the European Universities Initiative.

Sustainability, digitalization and Inclusion are central topics of our society. The examination of individual aspects of these complex topics and the associated transformation, however, are often systemic and require collaboration between individuals and groups from many different sectors with different perspectives, ideas, and interests. The international university network U!REKA (Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance), whose founding members include the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS), is one of the founding members. This is where it comes in: Together, the seven participating partner universities are working with stakeholders on solutions for the inclusive, sustainable and intelligent development of intelligent development of European cities. In order to pursue this goal the university network is now one of 50 university associations and cross-university and cross-university groups, is now receiving funding from the EU initiative "European Universities 2023" (EUI) with a total of 6.5 million euros over a period of period of 48 months.

"The successful application with U!REKA SHIFT reflects our strategic direction for a sustainable, human, inclusive and future-proof transformation towards climate-neutral and smart cities. The funding gives us the opportunity to help shape important developments within the European Union. My thanks go to all the people involved in the application around our Vice President for Studies and Teaching Prof. Dr.-Ing. René Thiele, who is responsible for internationalization," said Prof. Dr. Kai-Oliver Schocke, President of Frankfurt UAS.

U!REKA SHIFT (Sustainable, Human, Inclusive, Future-proof Transition) aims to establish long-term strategic and structural cooperation between the participating partner universities and to bring about a profound transformation towards climate-neutral and ultimately climate-positive societies. In doing so, the university network focuses its resources and efforts on education as well as research, development and innovation to support a broader network of European cities and their ecosystems to achieve the ambitious goals of 100 climate neutral and smart cities by 2030 and in a larger European context by 2050. Through U!REKA's challenge-based and collaborative learning approach, students will be empowered, regardless of their educational background, to develop the necessary green and digital skills that Europe and the world need today and in the years to come.

U!REKA SHIFT is based on the core values of inclusion, sustainability and diversity, as well as a student, employee and stakeholder orientation.

For further information, please visit www.ureka.eu.


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last updated on: 02.17.2021