Howest joins prestigious European alliance RUN-EU
After a rigorous selection process, Howest has been unanimously accepted as a new member of RUN-EU (Regional University Network, part of European Universities) transnational alliance of higher education institutions from across the EU.
With European Universities, Europe aims, in the further roll-out of the Bologna agreements and the bachelor-master structure, to make it possible for students to obtain their degree or further study at multiple higher education institutions.
Universities of applied sciences and universities are joining forces for this purpose in strategic alliances where they benefit one another. RUN-EU, Regional University Network, aims to pool the strengths of regional higher education institutions, thereby becoming a prominent partner in the regional socio-economic fabric.
RUN-EU focuses on three broad objectives: Future and Advanced Skills Academies (FASA), to promote and develop joint student-centred, challenge- and work-based flexible learning activities; European Innovation Centres (EIH) to stimulate and create inter-regional research, innovation and engagement of regional stakeholders across the alliance; a European Innovation Centre for Mobility (EMIC) where expertise in innovative physical and virtual international mobility initiatives will be cultivated and spread.
In June 2022, ten candidates were given the chance to submit a dossier to be considered for participation in RUN-EU. Based on that dossier and an online explanation of its contents, the number of candidates was reduced to five. These five institutions were then visited by a RUN-EU delegation. After a final selection round, Howest was chosen, on 10 November 2022, as a new member of the alliance together with the University of Burgos in Spain.
"Howest applied for RUN-EU membership because of its focus on regional embedding, development and impact (outside a metropolitan context), interaction with a broad field of activity and the focus on Future and Advanced Skills Academies (FASA) and Innovation hubs. Of course, also important is the history of cooperation that Howest already has with five of the seven partners within RUN-EU," said Frederik D'hulster, Vice President of Education, Research and International Affairs at Howest.
Added value for Howest
President of Howest, Lode De Geyter, is particularly thrilled: "The added value of participating in RUN-EU is mainly situated in the strong international network of partners with similar ambitions and challenges for professors, researchers, staff members and students alike. Furthermore, it provides strong recruitment potential through the possibility of joint degrees and European learning paths, access to important research funds and, last but not least, the significance of being selected to carry this seal of quality. With this, Howest has proven once again that it is a leading player in Flemish higher education."
RUN-EU is an European University with following partners:
- Technical University of the Shannon (Ireland)
- NHL Stenden University of Applied Science (The Netherlands)
- Vorarlberg University of Applied Science (Austria)
- University of Györ Széchenyi Istvan University (Hungary)
- Häme University of Applied Science (Finland)
- Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal)
- Polytechnic of Cavado and Ave (Portugal)
- Howest University of Applied Science (Belgium)
- Burgos University (Spain)