6th CARPE Conference Strengthening Partnerships - 27-29 October, 2021


CARPE, the European  consortium on applied research and professional education is a strategic alliance of a number of Europan universities of Applied sciences. The partners aim to encourage cooperation in European research programmes and jointly develop educational programmes. In 2011 CARPE, the Consortium on Applied Research and Professional Education, was launched in Utrecht, by Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Universitat Polytècnica de València.  The University of Debrecen joined in 2017 as a full member. From 2012 untill 2018 Manchester Metropolitan University participated in CARPE. In 2020 Politécnico do Porto and University of West Scotland joined the network. CARPE is a consortium of European Universities that have been brought together by the common themes of applied research, professional education and focus on our students’ future world of work.

All the partners have the following themes at the forefront of their agenda:

  • Conducting research and providing education that is demand-driven and which also contributes to innovation in industry.
  • Maintaining strong links with small and medium enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises, the public sector and local and regional governments.
  • Embracing the themes of entrepreneurship, social responsibility, sustainability and internationalisation.

Further information: https://carpenetwork.org/



HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

With 35,000 students, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is one of the largest universities of appliedsciences in the Netherlands. We off er a broad range of programmes to motivated students aged 17–67. Our research is practice-focused, which enables us to help companies and institutions create solutions to complex issues. We are inextricably bound to Utrecht, a region with a strong economic engine and many knowledge workers. We co-create our teaching and research programmes with large and small companies, partners in the knowledge and education chain, and different-level governments.


Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Germany. Within our four faculties we off er Bachelor and Master programmes in engineering, IT, life sciences, design and media, business and social sciences. In teaching we focus on applied sciences, giving our students practical insights through projects, laboratory work, internships and the opportunity to complete degree theses in industry settings. Our expertise is drawn from faculty members with experience in industry. In research we are an important partner for companies and Hamburg’s innovation clusters.


Universitat Politècnica de València

Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) is an innovative university in the service of society and its progress, with a strong social and environmental commitment. UPV is an entrepreneurial university developing an institutional model characterised by its values of excellence, internationalisation, solidarity and efficiency. UPV strives to attract the best students in order to train excellent professionals. It is an open institution which promotes the participation of institutions, companies and professionals in every aspect of university life.


Turku University of Applied Sciencies

Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku UAS) – an inspiring community of 10,000 members – is an innovative and multidisciplinary higher education institution which creates international competitiveness and well-being for Southwest Finland. Studies at TUAS are working life-oriented, combining theoretical studies with professional skills. At the core of teaching is Innovation Pedagogy, a new approach to learning developed at TUAS. INNOPEDA® is based on experimenting, sharing know-how and combining different approaches and it successfully connects teaching, research and development activities, internationality, and cooperation with working life.


Polytechnic of Porto

The Polytechnic Institute of Porto (P.Porto) is the largest and one of the most dynamic polytechnic schools in Portugal. P.Porto involves 8 schools, more than 20 R&D units and is the best positioned in international scientific rankings in Portugal.


University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the west of Scotland and beyond. UWS is placed by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities in their 2020 World University Rankings and in the top 150 in THE’s Young University Rankings 2020. The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 rank us as a top 100 UK university and as the highest ranked post-1992 university in Scotland.


University of Debrecen

The University of Debrecen, with its 30000 students, 7 campuses, 14 faculties, numerous research institutes and university hospital, is a higher education institution of national significance in Hungary.

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