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Philosophy

ULALABS philosophy

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CHALLENGE BASED

METHODOLOGIES

There are multiple ways in which Universities can use knowledge within a challenge-based approach, whether challenge-based research (CBR), learning (CBL) and innovation (CBI). In practice, the distinctions between CBR, CBL and CBI are vague since newly produced knowledge may subsequently or simultaneously be used for innovative or educational purposes, and these activities may in turn initiate or supportthe production of new knowledge.

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TRANSFORMATIVE SOCIETAL
INNOVATION LABS

The living-lab approach as a methodology for innovation and co-creation, is an effective tool to clarify and further develop new visions regarding social problems and to propose innovative solutions. We stand for bold experimentation in research and education by setting up a European innovation arena for all stakeholders. A distributed
living lab on a european ECIU level that can enhance these processes and help achieve greater impact.

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OPEN KNOWLEDGE &

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Universities can play a key role and
be at the core of regional knowledge generation processes especially when those universities have an explicit role in guaranteeing Open Science encompassing unhindered access to scientific knowledge and access to data from public research, so that research outputs are in the hands of as many as possible,
and potential benefits are spread
as widely as possible.

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TRANS-NATIONAL/REGIONAL
COLLABORATION

The distributed lab Includes the external connectedness of regions, the european dimension which guarantees sustained flow of global knowledge to stimulate innovation and growth for European regions. Universities, cities and regions are interconnected to maximise
benefits of the ecosystem, and
enterprises find benefits in

like-minded stakeholders, researchers and learners.

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LEARNING
COMMUNITIES

Create a safe space where learning
communities can flourish around the existing and newly generated knowledge on shared urgent challenges and relevant societal topics, such as SDG11. Together we will establish a hybrid, a human-centric but digitally-enabled space, which will allow communities to collaborate, grow and innovate across boundaries.

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SHARED
R+D+i  AGENDAS

The ECIU research agenda is set based on the needs of society with an integral connection to education. Invest in synergies between education, research and funding, so that various policies can reinforce each other. In this sense seek maximum synergy with local shared agendas and their respective ecosystems and processes.

Inclusivity

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Experimentation

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Transdiciplinarity

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Radical Collaboration

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Systemic Vision

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Catalyse

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