BFH is an active partner of the PIONEER Alliance. Our research and collaborations help to make cities and communities more sustainable and to shape societal discourse.
The PIONEER Alliance exists since 2020 (BFH joined it in 2022). The alliance brings together 10 European higher education institutions in a transnational campus as part of the European Universities Initiative.
The PIONEER Alliance has three goals:
BFH, an active partner and expert institution of the PIONEER Alliance
Focus on SDG 11 in line with BFH’s strategic thematic fields
BFH has defined three strategic thematic fields in line with the EU’s policy on green and digital transformation and resilient societies: “Sustainable Development”, “Humane Digital Transformation” and “Caring Society”.
We put a special emphasis on research activities related to SDG 11 “Sustainable cities and communities”, which is the thematic focus of the PIONEER Alliance. Between 2019 and 2023, BFH has published a total of 198 papers related to SDG 11 as an umbrella topic, thus thematising specifically BFH’s strategic thematic fields.
BFH is strongly involved in research collaborations with external stakeholders, public and private partners alike. We specifically support and promote innovations, providing easy access to knowledge and infrastructure to start-ups and spin-offs. In 2022, BFH launched its Entrepreneurship Office. Private partners amount to approximately 40% of our university’s cooperation partners in research and innovation.
Contribution to the PIONEER Alliance
BFH is an active contributor to the PIONEER Alliance. We engage stakeholders, lead tasks within four work packages, and work towards the institutional transformations enabling a European campus. We are committed to putting in place the necessary resources.
BFH is strongly committed to the overall mission of the PIONEER Alliance. We fully engage in building up the Alliance’s governance structure and the Open Campus of the future.