RUN European University - Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu
RUN European University
Ceiling lights and windows.
Ceiling lights and windows.

RUN European University

RUN European University

HAMK is a member of the strategic RUN-EU network. RUN-EU (The Regional University Network – European University) brings together eight like-minded and regionally focused universities of applied sciences which share the same vision to renew education to meet the needs of future work and societies.

In July 2020, the European Commission selected RUN-EU as one of the 24 new European Universities. With financial support from the Erasmus+ and Horizon2020 programmes, RUN will not only deliver joint structures and programmes, but also drive significant integration and exchange between the students and staff across the alliance.

RUN members:

  • Polytechnic of Leiria – Portugal (Central Region)
  • Polytechnic of Cavado and Ave – Portugal (Northern Region)
  • Athlone IT – Ireland (Midlands Region)
  • Limerick IT – Ireland (Mid-West Region)
  • NHL Stenden – Holland (Friesland Province)
  • HAMK – Finland (Southern Region)
  • Széchenyi István University – Hungary (Gyor Region)
  • FH Vorarlberg – Austria (Vorarlberg)

RUN-EU has brought together regional universities which complement each other – sharing enough of the same and bringing enough of new to the common table ensures that the universities together have the abilities to renew European education. The RUN-EU universities are committed to societal transformation in their regions in the context of both new and emerging regional and global challenges but in particular, sustainable regional development.


Student and staff representatives of all eight higher education institutions gathered at the launching event of RUN network in Brussels in February 2020. Students played key role at the event as they presented their vision for the creation of the new European university.