University launches European alliance

Education and urban research agreement signed with Continental partners

Date posted

29 November 2016


Edinburgh Napier has signed an agreement to join forces with five other European universities to work together on education and research with an urban theme.

Fourteen staff from the university, led by Professor Alistair Sambell, are attending the consortium launch event and research conference in Amsterdam this week.

Staff from the Business School, School of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering and the Built Environment and School of Health and Social Care, alongside staff from the other partners, will present proposals on existing and new research within the following research themes: 

  • sustainability
  • ageing populations in cities
  • education in the urban environment
  • logistics and mobility in a city
  • quality culture in education
  • research in education

Board members in Amsterdam - left to right - Kira Kastell (Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences), Bert Hoogewijs  (University College Ghent), Riitta Konkola (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences),Curt Rice (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Huib de Jong (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), Alistair Sambell (Edinburgh Napier University)

Delegates will discuss the areas of work that partners can take forward as part of the consortium. The launch event will also include discussions on how the partners can work closely together on staff and student mobility.

The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) is formed by Edinburgh Napier, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway) and University College Ghent (Belgium). 

Professor Alistair Sambell, Vice Principal at Edinburgh Napier, said: “We have sent many students in recent years to Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and it is hoped this partnership will open new doors for collaboration across all partners in research, teaching and mobility. We look forward to building relationships and developing the partnership over the coming years.” 

Find out more on U!REKA’s website