The additions imply that the community is now comprised of greater than 430 greater schooling establishments in 35 international locations, together with all EU member states and Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.
In line with the European Fee, the purpose of the community is to develop a standard long-term structural, sustainable and systemic cooperation on schooling, analysis and innovation.
The European inter-university campuses it creates will enable college students, employees and researchers from throughout the continent to get pleasure from “seamless” mobility and achieve new information collectively, throughout international locations and disciplines.
The initiative is on the coronary heart of the EU’s efforts to rework European greater schooling, fee spokesperson Sonya Gospodinova advised The PIE.
College students from taking part establishments will profit from a “distinctive transnational and modern instructional provide, permitting them to accumulate important expertise and competences for the long run”, stated the EC in an announcement.
“Think about finding out on the transnational campus of a European College, the place the scholars can select what, the place and when to check in any companion college of the alliance. Learners and educators naturally purchase an entire new set of competencies, as they profit from modern and challenge-based pedagogy and from embedded mobility,” stated Margaritis Schinas, vice-president for Selling our European Manner of Life.
The 2023 name opened the chance to greater schooling establishments from Western Balkans international locations, not related to the Erasmus+ program to take part as full companions within the name.
Since final yr, alliances can contain greater schooling establishments from Bologna Course of international locations as related companions. Below the 2023 name, near 30 greater schooling establishments from Ukraine have joined the alliances.
“Having virtually 30 Ukrainian greater schooling establishments concerned within the European Universities initiative as related companions will allow them to get impressed and educated of their technique of reshaping their greater schooling system after the struggle,” stated Gospodinova.
Together with Ukrainian establishments will assist the nation’s restoration, benefiting all the Ukrainian tutorial group and strengthening the European Universities alliances themselves, she added.
The European College Affiliation this week revealed its suggestions to assist the Ukrainian college sector, together with inter-institutional partnerships, offering placements for Ukrainian lecturers and college students overseas, in addition to the event of digital exchanges and cooperation.
“In these unsure occasions, college collaboration is likely one of the important lifelines connecting Ukraine with Europe and the world. Past strengthening resilience, it additionally a strategic funding into the nation’s rebuilding,” stated Ivanka Popović, vice-president of EUA and chair of EUA’s Ukraine Job Power.
The document total price range of the 2023 European Universities Community name, some €402.2 million, signifies that every alliance can obtain a price range of as much as €14.4 million for 4 years.
The virtually 1,700 related companions within the European Universities alliances “may be actors of change and convey innovation to Europe’s areas”, stated Jorge Molina-Martinez, venture adviser at European Fee, Analysis Govt Company in a LinkedIn put up.
Reflecting on the initiative’s impression to date, Gospodinova stated the alliances have “pushed the boundaries and constructed novel and lasting joint governance buildings, established inter-university campuses, joint and/or versatile instructional packages and embedded mobility alternatives”.
She added that the alliances have incentivised coverage modifications at EU and nationwide ranges, “changing into actual motors for coverage change” and benefiting all the greater schooling sector.
They’re additionally “paving the best way in the direction of a joint European diploma”.
“European Universities can assist us pave the best way in the direction of a joint European diploma”
“Clearly, the European Universities alliances have demonstrated their capability to be lighthouses for our European lifestyle and be instrumental in constructing a stronger Europe on the earth,” Gospodinova added.
EUniWell, the European college for wellbeing, will obtain continued funding following its three-year pilot part.
“That is simply improbable. Nevertheless it’s not concerning the cash for UniWell, it’s about furthering, advancing and analysing wellbeing for every particular person, for society and for this planet as an entire” stated Beatrix Busse, EUniWell CEO and vice-rector for educating and research, College of Cologne, taking to social media to have a good time the announcement.
Newly-funded alliance U!REKA stated it’s “thrilled” by its acceptance to turn out to be an official Erasmus+ co-funded European College Alliance, highlighting its “expanded companion community and a standard imaginative and prescient of local weather neutrality and past”.
ENHANCE Alliance, an alliance made up of 10 research-intensive universities working to drive transformation in science and society, stated that it has already seen the “optimistic, transformative impression” the primary venture had on its taking part establishments.
The European College of Know-how was amongst these set to obtain €14.4 million in funding for the second part of the initiative from 2023-27.
“Now could be time to speed up EUt+ formidable plan to create a unified European College composed of eight campuses, quickly to be 9, throughout Europe. Our technique has been validated by EC consultants; we now need to make it blossom,” the alliance stated in an announcement.
“European Universities basically revolutionise greater schooling and promote European values and identification. They can assist us pave the best way in the direction of a joint European diploma, reinforcing a robust sense of European belonging amongst graduates,” stated Schinas.
In Autumn 2023, the Fee will launch the subsequent Erasmus+ name for proposals, with the purpose of reaching the aim of the European technique for universities to develop to 60 European Universities alliances with greater than 500 universities by mid-2024.
“[That goal] is vital to succeed in a important mass to drive the coverage modifications which can be crucial throughout Europe to convey extra coherence among the many completely different nationwide greater schooling techniques and foster transnational cooperation,” stated Gospodinova.
“This can profit all the greater schooling sector, past the alliances.”