aUPaEU agoras
Empowering Higher Education Institutions for Transformative Change

The aUPaEU project is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to transform higher education institutions (HEIs) across Europe into dynamic hubs of innovation and knowledge exchange. Central to this mission is the creation of a comprehensive suite of acceleration services tailored to support HEIs in their pursuit of institutional transformation. These services encompass a wide range of activities, including:

  1. Coaching and Support Mechanism: HEIs receive personalised guidance and support from experienced experts to navigate the complexities of institutional transformation. This support extends to all aspects of the transformation process, from formulating a vision and strategic plan to implementing specific initiatives and evaluating outcomes.

  2. Investment Strategy Methodology: The aUPaEU project provides a structured methodology for developing and implementing an effective investment strategy that aligns with the HEI's transformation goals. This strategy ensures that financial resources are allocated in a strategic and sustainable manner, maximising their impact on the transformation process.

  3. Monitoring Mechanism: To measure the progress and effectiveness of transformation efforts, aUPaEU establishes a robust monitoring mechanism that tracks key performance indicators and assesses the achievement of established milestones. This mechanism provides valuable insights to guide continuous improvement and ensure alignment with the project's objectives.

aUPaEU's Collaborative Approach to Transforming R&I

The aUPaEU project recognises that transformative change in HEIs requires a collaborative approach that transcends institutional boundaries. To foster this collaboration, aUPaEU establishes the idea of the agora, a shared platform where HEIs, university alliances, and networks can exchange knowledge, share best practises, and co-create innovative solutions. This agora serves as a catalyst for cross-institutional collaboration, enabling HEIs to learn from each other's experiences and collectively advance their transformation efforts.

Leveraging Digital Technologies for Sustainable Impact

aUPaEU harnesses the power of digital technologies to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of its acceleration services. Tangible digital tools are developed to support HEIs in various aspects of their transformation journey, such as:

  • Information Management: Digital platforms facilitate the collection, organisation, and dissemination of information related to institutional transformation. This knowledge base serves as a valuable resource for HEIs seeking guidance and inspiration.

  • Communication and Collaboration: Online collaboration tools enable seamless communication and coordination among HEIs, fostering knowledge exchange and collective problem-solving.

  • Data Analytics: Advanced data analytics tools provide actionable insights into HEIs' transformation progress, allowing for informed decision-making and continuous improvement.

Achieving Integrated, Shared, and Long-Term R&I Transformations

Through its comprehensive suite of acceleration services, the aUPaEU project empowers HEIs to embark on transformative journeys that align with the European Union's (EU) vision for an integrated, shared, and long-term research and innovation (R&I) landscape, the  European Research Area (ERA). The ERA aims to create a single, borderless market for research, innovation, and technology across the EU by strongly aligning the research policies and programmes of the member states and associated countries. The ERA also supports the free circulation of researchers and knowledge, the improvement of access to excellence, the boosting of market uptake, and the strengthening of mobility and international cooperation.

The EU adopted a new ERA policy agenda, which sets out 20 concrete actions for the period 2022-2024 to contribute to the priority areas defined in the Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe. The Pact is a new document that establishes a list of 10 common values and principles guiding research and innovation in Europe and Europe’s collaboration with the rest of the world. The  ERA policy agenda also introduces a new governance system, a new monitoring system, and a new scoreboard and dashboard to measure the progress and impact of the ERA actions.

By fostering institutional transformation, the aUPaEU project contributes to the EU's ambition to strengthen its global competitiveness and address the challenges of the future.

In conclusion, the aUPaEU project and its agoras represent a significant step forward in the evolution of higher education institutions. By providing comprehensive acceleration services, leveraging digital technologies, and promoting collaboration, aUPaEU is driving a paradigm shift in HEIs' approach to transformation, positioning them as catalysts for innovation and societal impact.

Empowering Collaboration
The aUPaEU Project's Strategic Methodology for Accelerating European University Alliances with Tailored Acceleration Services in Line with ERA Priorities