European Universities Initiative: results of the first pilot call released

The European Commission has today announced the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first “European Universities” alliances. Out of 54 applications, 17 networks involving 114 higher education institutions from 24 Member States have been selected for funding (see Annex). In total, a budget of up to €85 million is available for the first 17 “European Universities”. Each alliance will receive up to €5 million in the coming three years to start implementing their plans and pave the way for other higher education institutions across the EU to follow. The selection of European Universities includes a broad range of higher education institutions from across the EU, from universities of applied sciences, technical universities and universities of fine arts to comprehensive and research-intensive universities.

About the initiative

The initiative is designed to strengthen mobility of students and staff, and foster the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of European higher education. Developed together with Member States, higher education institutions and student organisations, the concept of the European Universities attracted applications from 54 alliances involving more than 300 higher education institutions from 28 Member States and other Erasmus+ Programme Countries. They replied to an Erasmus+ call on “European Universities” launched in October 2018.

This first call – together with a second one to be launched this autumn – will test different models to implement the new concept of European Universities and its potential to transform higher education, before it is fully rolled out and scaled up under the next Erasmus programme 2021-2027. 

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