Re:ERUA is an ambitious project developing the trajectory of the European Reform University Alliance (ERUA). In this project, we will set up an Engagement Strategy for the fields of research and innovation and build our capacity for its implementation within our Alliance We intend to eventually unite all of our domain-specific strategies within this framework, including innovative teaching and learning. The “engagement angle” is our general method to tackle the definition of ERUA’s research strategy and our way to ensure the global coherence of our strategic outlook.
As reform universities, a key motivation to map our trajectory towards engagement is its potential to sharpen our critical edge, which is a core mission for each of ERUA’s members. Collaboration with non-academic stakeholders is a crucial source of renewal and creativity for us and a means to assess existing processes and priority areas of development, test new ideas and ensure that we are indeed contributing continuously to the advancement and prosperity of society.
To achieve the goal of establishing an Engagement Strategy for ERUA, we will identify thematic and methodological convergences between the members of the alliance. Secondly, in keeping with ERUAs experimental approach, we will interrogate innovation through the lens of engaged research and analyse the dynamics of co-creation processes at various interfaces. Thirdly, this analysis will be put into practice to foster human capital for Europe. Fourthly, we will develop our Open Science toolbox as a crucial enabler for our Engagement Strategy.
Implementing this approach in an experiment-driven methodology, we will launch pilots and study cases to gather evidence about pathways to impact (internal and external) and models that might foster our institutional trajectory. The impact of these pilots and test cases will be assessed and will be the main criterion for evaluation and dissemination.
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