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The goal of the UASiMAP project is to map and further support the regional engagement activities of European Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS).

UASiMAP aims to develop a self-reflection tool which will measure UAS regional engagement and assist them to development strategies to further develop their activities. The project will also promote and communicate UAS contribution to society and regional community, based on the experience and insights of key stakeholders from across the European Union. The project will collect examples of good practices of successful UAS engagement on the local level.

UASiMAP is a three-year project funded by ERASMUS+ and co-ordinated by EURASHE.  The project team also includes partner organisations in Ireland, Belgium, Hungry, Estonia, Portugal, Czech Republic and Italy.


EURASHE - Coordinator

EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles.



CHES, Czech Republic

Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES, Czech Republic) is the public research institution dealing with research about higher education (HE).



Technological Higher Education Association (THEA, Ireland) 

The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA, Ireland) is the voice of the technological higher education sector, advocating on behalf of and supporting Institutes of Technology in achieving their aims and objectives.


(VLHORA, Belgium)

The Flemish Council of Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts (VLHORA, Belgium) is the formal consultative and advisory body of the 13 Flemish Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts, advising the Flemish Government on all policy issues concerning higher education.



CCISP (Portugal)

The Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos (CCISP – Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council) is the body of joint coordination and representation of public polytechnic higher education institutions. It comprises all public polytechnics (15 in total).



Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (Hungary)

The Hungarian Rectors’ Conference was established 30 years ago and represents all HEIs in the country.



(TTK UAS, Estonia) 

TTK University of Applied Sciences is a state professional higher education institution, offering competitive professional higher education on bachelor level in the fields of engineering, production, technology, architecture and construction in Tallinn.

Home - Tallinn University of Technology (tktk.ee)


Augentes (Italy) 

Augentes (Italy) is a leading company in the promotion of research and development, specialized in the management of projects at the international level, with particular attention to the management, communication, dissemination and exploitation of innovative projects. 




Work Package 1:  Data Collection on European UAS and regional engagement activities – Lead EURASHE

Work Package 1 was composed of the following tasks:

 1) create an overarching mapping of the previous work done in defining the UAS applied RDI and its role.

 2) Define suitable indicators fir applied RDI.

3) Suggest national good practise examples.

 4) Map the current national situation, its needs and development possibilities.

The information gathered through this work package was used as the basis of the development of the working hypothesis of UAS applied RDI and regional cooperation in Work Package 2.  

Each partner country prepared an individual mapping report, identifying current activities and examples of good practice, which can be accessed here

Ireland’s national report is available here.

The literature review can be accessed here:  

Work Package 2: Development of the Self-Reflection Tool – Lead CHES, Czech Republic

Work Package 2 focused on the development of the UASiMAP Self-Reflection Tool and supporting resources.  The UASiMAP tool establishes four dimensions of regional engagement;

  • Providing Capacity for Regional Strategy Development.
  • Developing Talents, Skills and Competencies reflecting Regional Needs and Opportunities.
  • Promoting Regional Development through User-inspired Research, Development and Innovation.
  • Enhancing Social, Civic and Cultural Activities of the Regions’ Community.

A fifth cross-cutting dimension, Internationalization / Networking Local-Regional-International, is embedded in the other dimensions. This cross-cutting dimension underlines the role of UAS as catalysts for networking between different actors and as interconnectors of regional and international actors.

With the help of questions, the tool guides the user to reflect what extent the UAS is engaged with the region in each dimension and its specific subdimensions. The tool uses a 5-level scale, where the level 5 indicates the highest level of development or maturity

Work Package 3: Testing of the Self-Reflection Tool – Lead CCISP, Portugal

The aim of this work package is to test the UASiMAP self-refection tool and review and edit the indicators based on the testing.  Testing is undertaken by the end-users of the tool; two UAS from each of the five participating countries have volunteered to take part in the pilot. UAS received five days training in preparation for the pilot and have been supported by their national Rectors’ conferences using the tool. Each UAS prepares a self-reflection report and participates in a peer learning workshop hosted by the work package lead CCISP in Portugal.  

Work Package 4:  Sustaining the UAS Impact - Lead THEA, Ireland

Work package 4 will bring together all outputs of the previous work packages and aims to

  • Re-evaluate and validate the UASiMAP self-reflection tool and indicators.
  • Identify future development needs and possibilities for European UAS.
  • Finalise and mainstream the project database.
  • Create policy recommendations based on the project results.

The project database will include all the data collected through the project e.g.

  • Information gathered about UAS RDI activity in each participating country.
  • best practice examples of applied RDI activities from participating countries.
  • list of tested impact indicators for the assessment of UAS applied RDI and regional knowledge transfer.
  • self-refection tool and guidelines.
  • policy recommendations.




Work Package 5: Quality Management – Lead TKK, Estonia

Work Package 6: Project Management and Co-ordination – Lead EURASHE

Work Package 7: Project Exploitation and Dissemination – Lead Augentes, Italy



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