Self-assessment tool to be piloted by 11 Universities of Applied Science

The UASiMAP project has entered its most important phase, when the self-assessment tool developed by partners will be piloted by a group of 11 Universities of Applied Science (UAS). The five national associations of UAS have each selected 2-3 institutions to take part in the piloting, which will run from February to June.

A second part will see the UAS deepen their understanding of regional impact through the collection of quantitative and qualitative indicators (a ‘narrative with numbers’), according to the Regional Innovation Impact Assessment (RIIA) framework developed within the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Self-assessment reports will be written under the guidance of Prof. Robert Tijssen, the lead author of the book Regional Innovation Impact of Universities (open source), and the JRC expert that co-developed the framework.

The objective of the exercise is not only to help the participating UAS to better understand their regional ‘footprint’, but also help national and European authorities to design methods for assessing impact. The results of the exercise will be disseminated and built on as part of the final work package of UASiMAP, including a special session at the 2023 EURASHE Annual Conference.

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