24 new European Universities reinforce the European Education Area

As stated today by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Universities are “a key building block for the European Education Area”.  The European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the European Union (EU) that come together to equip their students, staff and researchers with the skills they need to navigate the twin green and digital transition of our society.  Selected from 62 applications, the 24 new European Universities alliances involve 165 higher education institutions from 26 EU Member States and other countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme. 

Commissioner Gabriel expressed her enthusiasm with the results: “I am very pleased to see that a diverse range of higher education institutions from all Member States and beyond are now involved in the 41 European Universities. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that deeper cooperation across borders, disciplines and cultures is the only way to recover from the crisis and to build resilience”.  These newly-selected alliances will join the first 17 European Universities announced in 2019 to work towards the European Education Area by enhancing the quality, inclusiveness, digitalisation and attractiveness of European higher education with financial support from the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programmes.  With 41 European Universities, involving more than 280 institutions from all parts of Europe supported by €287 million from the EU budget, the European Education Area is becoming an ever-tangible reality for many. 

Vice-President Margaritis Schinas commented that, “the Commission is today strongly responding to the call of students for more freedom to study across Europe, from teachers and researchers to better pool knowledge, and from higher education institutions to pool resources”.  By working closer together, the European Universities are able to leverage their strengths and help to empower their students to tackle together the current challenges that Europe and the world are facing.

Source: European Comission

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European Higher Education Organization is a public organization carrying out academic, educational and information activities on higher education in Europe.

The EHEO general plan stresses that:

  • Higher education systems require adequate funding and, as an investment in economic growth, public spending in higher education should be protected.
  • The challenges faced by higher education require more flexible governance and funding systems, which balance greater autonomy for education institutions with accountability to stakeholders.

Thus, EHEO plans:

  • improve academic and scientific interaction of universities;
  • protect the interests of universities;
  • interact more closely with public authorities of European countries;
  • popularize European higher education in the world;
  • develop academic mobility;
  • seek funding for European universities.