Project title

Steering Higher Education for Community Engagement – SHEFCE


September 2020 – August 2023

Competent authority

The Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (AMPEU)

Project goal

The SHEFCE project has been launched with the long-term aim of supporting community engagement of European universities, understood as university partnerships with local and regional stakeholders to address societal challenges. The project specifically aims at building capacities of universities, policymakers and stakeholders in Europe for mainstreaming community engagement in higher education.

Project activities

The SHEFCE project is a follow-up to the project TEFCE – Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education that has developed a toolbox to support universities and policymakers in community and social engagement.

Project activities include parallel actions at local, national and European level. At local level, the project will apply methodologies to develop high-quality plans to improve community engagement; at national level, the project will develop analyses to support the creation of results-based policies; and European level, the project will design a valuable information resource for users, test innovative methodologies and tools for measuring university success in community engagement.


  • Institute for the Development of Education (project leader)
  • Danube University Krems
  • University of Rijeka
  • Ghent University
  • Technological University Dublin
  • University of Girona
  • Free University of Brussels
  • Association of Catalan Public Universities
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • Brodoto (IT agency)
  • City if Rijeka (associated partner)

In addition to the City of Rijeka, there are 11 more associated partners

Financed under:

Erasmus +, Key Activity 2: Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education

Project value

HRK 3,350,824 (80% EU funding)

Contact persons

Thomas Farnell
Higher Education Policy Specialist

Lucia Kero
Department of Education and Schooling, City of Rijeka

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