ESSENCE: European Sustainable Solutions for Existing and New City Environments

Purpose: to promote the development of sustainable cities through international cooperation.

ESSENCE is working on this through three main lines: 

  • An international, interdisciplinary curriculum is developed;
  • Students work on practical solutions for issues concerning sustainability in the urban environment on behalf of three local governments;
  • New teaching methods are studied and applied in order to achieve best practices for using MOOC,   e-learning and blended learning.

Five European higher education institutions from the CARPE-network and three Cities work together in Essence as part of an Erasmus KA2 project. More about Erasmus+.

Keynotespeakers Maarten Hajer and Thomas Rau at Conference Smart Sustainable Cities

Keynotespeakers Maarten Hajer and Thomas Rau at Conference Smart Sustainable Cities

The organization of the conference ‘Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions’ (SSC2017) on 14 June 2017 in the historical city of Utrecht (the Netherlands) is ongoing. We are happy to announce that the programme comprises among other inspiring sessions the keynote speakers Maarten Hajer (former Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Institute PBL), and Thomas Rau (famous ecological architect and one of Holland’s foremost thinkers of sustainability). Both are in the Top100 key players in sustainability in the Netherlands. Thomas Rau Social...

Essence as example project of Strategic Partnerships

Essence as example project of Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships in higher education Key Action 2 Erasmus + (KA2) offers different funding opportunities. Strategic partnerships are international cooperation projects. These can be small or large scale projects at different levels: within organizations, local, regional, national and / or European. Aim...

Minor Smart Sustainable Cities started

Minor Smart Sustainable Cities started

This Monday, 5 September 2016, 36 students began with their minor Smart Sustainable Cities. Among them 24 students from abroad. On the first day they visited the city office of Utrecht. At the 11th floor the minor began. They will work...

Bootcamp Manchester

Bootcamp Manchester

From 6-10 June 15 students from the universities from Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Spain followed an intensive program as part of Essence. The students where selected to participate. In The Netherlands for example 3 students where selected...

Orange Carpet Award

Orange Carpet Award

23-03-2016 Winner of the Orange Carpet Award 2016 in the higher education sector is HU University of applied Sciences Utrecht with the project ESSENCE. Essence is a project of the HU with four universities all over Europe, the CARPE partners (Valencia,...

Conference Turku: towards a sustainable future of Skanssi area

Conference Turku: towards a sustainable future of Skanssi area

On Friday the 6th November about 150 people gathered together in the Skanssi shopping centre in Finland to develop the future of the Skanssi area. The Smart Sustainable Cities event was organized by Turku University of Applied Sciences in co-operation with the City of Turku and the Skanssi shopping centre. Participants were students, experts and business representatives from Finland and abroad. The topics in the morning concentrated on smart and sustainable urban planning solutions as well as current plans in...