We are hiring: RUN-EU Project Manager!

  • Job title: RUN-EU Project Manager
  • Location: Politécnico de Leiria
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Length of employment: 1 Year
  • Contract type: Fixed-term Contract (Contrato de Trabalho em Funções Públicas)
  • Professional category: Técnico Superior
  • Grade: 6.ª posição remuneratória, nível 31
  • Working pattern: Full-time
  • Reports to: Project Coordinator
  • Application deadline: 13 May 2021 – 23h59 (Lisbon time)

Job Description:
The postholder will work as a Project Manager of the Regional University Network – European University (RUN-EU). In the next three years, Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal) and the H2020 RUN-EU PLUS Project will be coordinating a network composed of eight higher education institutions in the European Union.

The Project Manager will work on behalf of Politécnico de Leiria, supporting the coordination and management of the project to keep teams on track of their goals and ensure deliverables are completed on time.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to monitor the progress of an international cooperation-based project, communicate with regional and international stakeholders regarding project needs and goals, schedule meetings, and maintain project documents and reports to be submitted to the RUN-EU AG and the European Commission.

The RUN-EU Project Manager will also support the management of the H2020 RUN-EU PLUS Project in the creation of international and multidisciplinary research teams, which will include researchers from Politécnico de Leiria, and in the application to European funding projects, such as the Eramus+ and the Horizon Europe.

Educational requirements
Degree (Bachelor, Master or PhD) in Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Exact Sciences and Engineering, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Business and Management, Economics, or similar fields of study.

Read more about RUN-EU.

As a public service contract, you can find more information at Bolsa de Emprego Público | Aviso n.º 7914/2021 or at the original Diário da República publication – DR 2.ª série n.º 83, de 29 de abril.

Conference ‘European Universities: Pioneering Transformation in Education, Research and Innovation’

The “European Universities: Pioneering Transformation in Education, Research and Innovation” conference held on 14 April demonstrated one thing above all: transnational higher education alliances will not only revolutionise the European education and research spaces, but most importantly they will increase the competitiveness of the regions where they are set in. 

Hosted by Politécnico de Leiria, the EU videoconference brought together representatives from European Universities and the European Commission, as well as relevant stakeholders from business and society to discuss the main topics on the European Universities Initiative’s agenda.

Opening Session

The opening session of the conference was chaired by the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, Manuel Heitor, and the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, Themis Christophidou.

Panel 1 – The Transformation Potential of European Universities

Keynote Speaker

  • Sophia Eriksson-Waterschoot, Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+ of the European Commission


  • Màrius Martinez, Vice-President for International Relations of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and President of ECIU European University
  • Daniela Trani, University of Maastricht, Netherlands, Director of YUFE Alliance
  • João Rocha, President of the Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal, and Coordinator of ATHENA European University
  • Rui Pedrosa, President of Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal, and Coordinator of Regional University Network – European University
  • Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik, European University Association
  • Stéphane Lauwick, President of the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education

Panel 2 – How can European Universities Foster Skills for a Green, Digital and Inclusive Society

Keynote Speaker

  • Thomas Weko, Head of Higher Education Unit in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


  • Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (Ireland)
  • Célia Reis, Chair of the Board Altran (Portugal)
  • Timea Csanaki, HR-Representative – Academic Cooperations of Audi Hungaria, Hungary.
  • Juha Haukka, Managing Director of Suomen Yrittäjät in Häme (The Regional Association of Entrepreneurs in Hame), Finland
  • Jimmy Heinzl, CEO of WISTO – Wirtschafts-Standort Vorarlberg GmbH (Austria)

Panel 3 – Future and Advanced Skills for Societal Transformation

Keynote Speaker

  • Nuno Rodrigues, Vice-President for Research of the Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal, RUN-EU European University


  • Joan Guàrdia Olmos, Rector of the University of Barcelona, Spain, and Coordinator of CHARM European University
  • Manuel José Damásio, Lusófona University, Portugal and Coordinator of FILMEU European University
  • António Cunha, President of the Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission
  • Eduardo Anselmo Castro, Vice-President of the Centro Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission
  • Hans-Paul van der Snee, Director of Innovatiepact Fryslân, Netherlands

Panel 4 – The Role of European Universities in Leading Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Keynote Speakers

  • Ruaidhri Neavyn , Special Advisor to the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, and member of the Steering Board of the RUN-EU European University
  • Han Brezet, EU Projects Boosting Team – Innovatiepact Fryslan, Netherlands, and member of the Steering Board of the RUN-EU European University


  • Pat Daly, CEO of Limerick City and County Council, Ireland
  • Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive Westmeath County Council, Ireland
  • Anna-Mari Ahonen, Region Mayor – Regional Council of Häme, Finland
  • Arno Brok, King’s Commissioner of the Province of Friesland, Netherlands
  • Gabriela Dür, Head of the Department of Science and Continuing Education of the Federal State of Vorarlberg, Austria
  • Emile Boc, Rapporteur of the European Comittee of the Regions

Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding

Agreement of RUN-EU members with Regional Government representatives about the long-term vision and the construction of the EZ-ID – European Zone for Inter-regional Development.

Closing Session

The closing session of the conference was chaired by the President of Politécnico de Leiria and Coordinator of the Regional University Network – European University, Rui Pedrosa, and the State Secretary for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, Manuel Sobrinho Teixeira.

Webinar ‘RUN-EU Kick-off Meeting and Launch Event’

The RUN-EU will organize the Kick-Off Meeting and Launch Event, on 25 November, at 14h30 (Central European Time – CET) and will be carried out in an online session.

The presidents and rectors of the higher education institutions that make up the RUN-EU together with the representatives of the governments of each country, as well as the students and staff members, will present this new European University and discuss the importance of RUN-EU in the transformation of the higher education and its regions.


14h30 – Welcome/Opening Session
14h40 – The RUN-EU European University
14h50 – ‘The transformation potential of European Universities
Round table discussion with the Presidents and Rectors from RUN-EU
15h30 – ‘Student engagement and involvement in European Universities
Presentation and round table discussion with the Students from RUN-EU
16h00 – ‘Member states in Support of European Universities
Round table discussion with Government representatives
16h40 – ‘RUN-EU in the transformation of our HEI and Regions’
Questions from participants, students, staff and associated partners
17h00 – Closing Session

RUN-EU is a network of like-minded and regionally focused Higher Education Institutions 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.  It is proposed to achieve this collective mission through the delivery of collaborative, future and advanced skills-based teaching, learning, and research and engagement activities across the network.

The higher education institutions, corresponding countries and associated regions which compose the RUN-EU alliance are: Politécnico de Leiria – Portugal (Centre Region); Polytechnic of Cavado and Ave – Portugal (Northern Region);  Athlone IT – Ireland (Midlands Region); Limerick IT – Ireland (Mid-West Region); HAMK – Finland (Southern Region); Széchenyi István University – Hungary (Győr-Moson-Sopron County); NHL Stenden – Holland (Friesland Province); and FH Vorarlberg – Austria (Vorarlberg).

RUN-EU aims to implement training programs that include the promotion of future and advanced skills for social transformation in the regions of the European Union. higher education institutions will jointly develop a diverse range of teaching and learning actions, providing students with different international programs (short-term and e-learning), while international cooperation projects in the area of research and development are also implemented. In the future, students will also have the opportunity to obtain European double/multiple degrees within the framework of joint training programs.

RUN-EU will also have the mission of promoting the economic, social, cultural and sustainable development of the regions covered by the network, providing the necessary skills so that students, researchers and regional agents can successfully face the challenges of the future. This new consortium intends to be an active agent in the social transformation of the regions, promoting active citizenship and leading the creation of a new multinational interregional alliance (European Zone for Interregional Development – EZ-ID).

Webinar ‘Interactive Online Learning Environments – Good Examples’ – Part 2

Monday, 16 November 2020


11h00 – 11h05
Welcome to the webinar

11h05 – 11h40
Inspiring and engaging working and learning in digital environments – HAMK’s experiences (Irma Kunnari & Kirsi Korkealehto, HAMK; Kirsi Jaakkola & Leena Koskimäki, HAMK; Jonna Niemelä)

11h40 – 12h00 
Using padlet to intensify interaction in the classroom (Tanja Eiselen, FHV)

12h00 – 12h20 
Pedagogical challenges: reinventing some practices (António Moreira, IPCA)

12h20 – 12h40 
University lecturers’ distance learning experiences gained during the covid-19 pandemic period (Viktória Gősi, SZE)

12h40 – 13h00 
Implementing active learning in online classrooms (Sarah O’Toole, LIT)

Webinar ‘Designing Student-centred Online Teaching and Learning – Basic Principles’ – Part 1

Friday, 13 November 2020


09h00 – 09h10
Welcome and orientation to the webinars (Liisa Postareff, HAMK)

09h10 – 09h40 
Designing student-centered online teaching and learning – basic principles (Liisa Postareff & Viivi Virtanen, HAMK)

09h40 – 10h00  
Covid 19 – Time for new learning opportunities (Manuela Francisco, IPL)

10h00 – 10h20 
The connectedness of our students – Changing the nature and format of student induction (Michael Tobin, AIT)

10h20 – 10h40 
Working online during Covid (Johan Postema, NHL Stenden)

10h40 – 11h00
Enhancing interaction and engagement – case HAMK Design Factory (Jari Jussila, HAMK)

Webinar ‘Applying Virtual Environments in Distance Learning of Product Development’

On 5 June, the management team of the HAMK’s Design Factory organised the webinar ‘Applying Virtual Environments in Distance Learning of Product Development’.  

Hosted by Jari Jussila, Director of HAMK Design Factory, the webinar presented a case study of Glue Collaboration Platform in product development and prototyping products, and an overview of how virtual environments can be used in distance learning.

The online session was attended by academic staff and students of the RUN-EU alliance members, as well as members of the distance learning units, interested in learning how to use new virtual and augmented reality techniques for online teaching and different online and virtual environments for joint product development and prototyping. 

Watch the video of the webinar.

Learn more about HAMK’s Design Factory.

New agreement for joint PhD programmes

On May, 21, Polytechnic of Leiria signed a collaboration protocol with Irish higher education institutions:  Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT),  for joint PhD programmes. The signing ceremony  was held in Leiria, at Biblioteca José Saramago do Politécnico de Leiria, streamed through the link: http://on.ipleiria.pt/MoU_Ireland_PT_live. The formal signing counted with the virtual presence of the reprsentatives of both Irish institutions and the intervention of Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education. and in Dublin the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. 

These PhDs are part of the European network Regional University Network – European University (RUN-EU), led by the Polytechnic of Leiria. This year will be created 10 vacancies for graduates of the Polytechnic of Leiria, covering a wide range of  scientific fields. The PhD available will have a four years duration program, and students will  spend, per year, six months in Ireland and six months in Portugal, couting with a co-supervisor of the Polytechnic de Leiria and a co-supervisor of AIT or LIT to develop the research program,.


Photo Album

Press Release


RUN-EU network will promote the future and advanced skills necessary for social transformation across the European Union. The institutions will develop several actions  allowing students to attend difrent international programs.

The mission is to promote economic, social, cultural and sustainable development of the territories covered by the network, providing the necessary skills so that students, researchers and regional agents can successfully face the challenges of the future. This consortium aims to be a dynamic agent for the social transformation of regions, promoting active citizenship and leading the creation of a new multinational interregional alliance (European Interregional Development Zone)

RUN-EU submits applications to funded projects

Polytechnics of Leiria and of Cavado and Ave have joined with Portuguese companies and RUN-EU alliance members to prepare five applications to funded projects. The co-promotion projects are a partnership between companies and non-corporate entities of the RDI System framed in Portuguese Polytechnic institutions in cooperation with European partners from Universities of Applied Sciences or Institutes of technology.

This call has been a very successful test for the RUN-EU alliance, since the RDI collaborative network has provided the international consortia for all the applications, submitted in different knowledge areas and scientific fields. These applications follow others, recently submitted to other European Calls.

The submitted application include industrial research and experimental development projects, aiming at the development of new products or services (total investment between 800 thousand and 1 million euros) as well as small industrial research and experimental development projects of exploratory nature, aiming at the development of new products or services (total investment between 200 and 300 thousand Euro).

More information about this call in:

Short Advanced Programme on Product Design-Ceramics

POLITÉCNICO DE LEIRIA, 19-21 February 2020

REPORT . RUN partners:
ESAD.CR – Polytechnic of Leiria | ESD – IPCA | LAD – LIT | HAMK UAS | NHL-Stenden


ESAD.CR – Polytechncic of Leiria (PT): João dos Santos, Carla Lobo and João Mateus;
ESD – IPCA (PT): Paula Tavares, João Santiago and Demétrio Matos
LAD – LIT (IRL): Elaine Riordan and Arturo Borrego

Distance cooperation

Frisian Design Factory/ NHL-Stenden (NL) – Marcel Crul
HAMK UAS (FI) – Mirja Niemelä

Day 1. 19th February

Morning Session, at ESAD.CR auditorium.
Common program with CLAY – Interregional Learning Event 04[1], on the themes of Ceramics in Portugal and Ceramics Education. Followed by a networking lunch.

Afternoon session, city of Caldas da Rainha and Óbidos.
Ceramic artists and designers’ studio visit: Paula Violante & Miguel Neto, Vitor Reis, Eneida Tavares, Hugo Graça, VICARA, Margarida Moreira, Inês Santos and Telma Vieira.

Day 2. 20th February

Morning Session, at ESAD.CR Library Room – workshop/ panel discussion
09:30h – 13:00h
(Previous visit to the School’s workshops and other facilities)
Professor José Luís de Almeida e Silva[2] – introduction and moderation

Theme: A reflection on the regional potential of ceramics and the role of Higher Education in its development and transformation, with the purpose of creating an advanced international course in the area of Product Design – Ceramics involving designers, artisans, artists, industry (SMEs) and policy makers, and adapted to the characteristics of each region.

National and international perspective on the links and forms of mediation between industry, Higher Education Institutions and designers

Followed by a presentation of each of the participants’ schools, its projects and approaches to the subject of Product Design – Ceramics, but also to the pedagogical strategies and forms of coping with the territory, from a global perspective to regional impact.

Open workshop attended by Product Design – Ceramics and Glass students and teachers.

Afternoon Session, at ESAD.CR Library Room – workshop / panel discussion
14:30h – 18:00h
Workshop with alumni:

The contribution of ESAD.CR, and arts and design education for the development and innovation of regional ceramics and design processes. The alumni and SME vision and experience.

João dos Santos – Short contextual introduction to the RUN Network.

Participants: Ro.Se (Rogério and Sérgio), Ana Rita Fonseca, André Sancho, Rita Frutuoso, Vítor Agostinho and Vítor Reis.

Open talk between alumni, ESAD.CR students and RUN partners.

The importance of a transdisciplinary learning environment for the development of the designer’s identity and a diverse set of skills.

The importance of school in the mediation between designers and industry. Discussion around the relative importance of industry for the development of the young designer, and around the importance of design to a more responsible and sustainable industry – what are the different roles of Schools and regional institutions in face of the sector’s challenges? On this context, what tools and skills should be addressed, considering the International Short Advanced Course on Product Design – Ceramics?

Open workshop attended by Product Design – Ceramics and Glass students and teachers.

Day 3. 21st February

RUN workshop, Library Room

10:00h – 14:00h

Short Advanced Course – Product Design – Ceramics, working draft.

Proposed thematic designation: Responsive/ Responsible Clay + keyword (regional framing)

1. Applicants

a) Who can apply: 2 students from each of the RUN partners, and everybody with interest on the subject. Selection made through the admission criteria.
b) Admission Criteria: CV, portfolio, letter/ video of intention, working proposal, 3 years’ experience in the field of ceramics and/or design.
c) The number of students for each SAC – PDC edition is, preferably, between 15 and 20.
NOTE: the SAC has a scientific committee for the selection of the applicants

2. International and regional Partners

a) RUN partners – mentors to each and all SAC editions. SAC staff is composed of one to two mentors (lecturer, associate professor, researcher, …), from each Partner School
b) Involve local communities – political representatives (e.g. municipal counsellors and technical staff from local museums); industrial associations; artistic and design associations, galleries, workshops, …
c) Regional Partners have a significant role, facilitating access to the applicants, and contributing with knowledge, experience and technology to the SAC.
d) Regional Partners are directly involved in some of the SAC activities, such as open classes, seminars, masterclasses or workshops

3. SAC duration

3 – 4 weeks long – 6 to 8 ECTS.
The SAC – PDC is designed as a module or part of a module of a master program, contributing to the student’s curricula. In the long term, we expect this to be a module of an International Open Master.
All participants receive a certificate with the corresponding credits.

4. RUN timeline (3 years)

Proposed timeline for the 5 SAC, to be held in each of the 5 participating Schools
Each SAC edition is adapted to the regional context (theme and partners). After each SAC edition, it is assessed and improved, if necessary.
SAC 1 – October 2020
SAC 2 – LAD/ LIT – 1st semester of 2021
SAC 3 – ESD/ IPCA – 2nd semester of 2021
SAC 4 – HAMK – 1st semester of 2022
SAC 5 – ESAD.CR / PL – 2nd semester of 2022
Final Event – 1st semester of 2023: balance, sharing of results, exhibition and other forms of dissemination (Dutch design Week, BID, …), next steps

5. SAC – PDC structure

This draft was designed considering a duration of 4 weeks.

1. From the admission process, the mentors will adapt the applicant’s proposals to the theme.
2. Students are expected to have different backgrounds and experience.
3. The SAC is divided in two parts:
a) An introductory part, lasting one week, designated Context, in which the students are introduced to the theme, and to the course subjects and its material conditions. At the end of the week, students will organize in teams with one mentor attributed to each. Students will work in teams for the rest of the SAC.
b) The second part of the course, lasting three weeks, is designated project development.

Week 1 – context
Day 1
a) SAC Introduction and welcome  + “wayfinding”
b) Context: Invited speaker – masterclass introducing the regional theme, with economical, historical, social, anthropological, ethnographical, artistic, or other references considered relevant.
Day 2
Masterclass/ field trip (full day) – hands on materials, inside or outside the School facilitie
Experts from faculty or regional partners will lead the masterclass
Day 3
Research day – students have to write a small report. There is no specific boundary to the research materials (library, workshops, landscape, factories, studios, galleries …)
Day 4
Masterclass/ field trip (full day) – hands on materials, inside or outside the School facilities
Experts from faculty or regional partners will lead the masterclass
Day 5
Team definition – project themes. During this day, students will organize in teams no smaller than three, and will work on the project theme.  The teams must prepare a presentation/ pitch of itself and the proposed theme.
Network Dinner (ND) with a guest speaker from regional partners. Other regional partners are invited to the dinner. The tables are organized with a mix of students, mentors, regional partners and public representatives. Teams present the pitch.

Week 2 to 4 – project development
a) Each team has 2 meetings a week with the assigned mentor (minimum contact time: one hour).
b) All teams have one peer learning session per week. This session is the forum for debate between students. Two or three mentors can help mediating the conversation. Expected to have half-day duration.
NOTE: team meetings and peer learning sessions can occur anywhere.
c) Upon team request or mentors’ suggestion, regional practitioners or experts can be invited for specific workshops, masterclasses or other kind of collaboration. These collaborations can occur at the School, or for e.g. at the partner facilities. These collaborations are important for introduction to new technologies and processes, or to redefine team’s challenges.
d) If necessary, PR experts can be invited to help teams promote linkages between the parts of each project and, when necessary HEI’s.

Week 4 – last 3 days – exhibition and presentation (E+P)
a) The last three days are dedicated to the setup of a project exhibition, and to its opening with public presentations. In Leeuwarden, this exhibition could take place at the Princessehof Museum.

[1] Lecturer at ESAD.CR, Phd, expert in economy and ceramics, ambassador of the International Academy of Ceramics, and representative of the Portuguese Ceramic Cities and Villages Association.

[2] With participants from different European countries such as Italy and France