European Commission to fund additional European Universities alliances

European Commission to fund additional European Universities alliances

European Commission to fund additional European Universities alliances


The European Commission wants to increase the number of European university Initiatives from 40 to 60, involving a total of 500 universities, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports.

European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that come together for the benefit of students, teachers and society. With financial support from the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programmes, they enhance the quality, inclusion, digitalisation and attractiveness of European higher education.

Each alliance receives up to €5 million from the Erasmus+ programme and up to €2 million from the Horizon 2020 programme for three years. The initial funding scheme aims at implementing their plans and paving the way for other higher education institutions across the EU to follow. Funding from both programmes is an important step in strengthening the interactions between the European Education Area and the European Research Area. The progress of each alliance is closely monitored.

The Commission will make 1.1 billion euros available to increase the number of European Universities from 41 to 60. In total, 500 universities of nearly 5,000 that are scattered throughout the Continent.  A way to better support the competition with the most prestigious American universities and the new Asian giants.

European Universities include different types of higher education institutions, from universities of applied sciences, technical universities and film and media art schools to comprehensive and research-intensive universities. They already involve around 280 higher education institutions from all Member States and beyond, located not only in capital cities but also in more remote European regions.

Each alliance is composed on average of seven higher education institutions. While some alliances are comprehensive and cover all disciplines, others are for example focusing on sustainable development, health and well-being, digitalisation and artificial intelligence, art, engineering or space.


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