EUniWell : a short video to support the UK based universities in european alliances

The University of Nantes, as a member of EUniWell – the European University for Well-Being, works hand in hand with the Univesity of Birmingham. Based in the United Kingdom, this partner is therefore imapcted by Brexit. EUniWell, along with other institutions of the European University Initiative (EUI), has created a short video to demonstrate the importance of maintaining collaboration with universities in the United Kingdom.Students from across European University Networks have joined together to highlight an important cause ahead of the European Commission’s launch of the next Erasmus+ funding programme for the European Universities Initiative.

Collectively, 9 out of the 41 funded European University alliances feature a UK partner. These cover 75 universities from 23 countries, and comprise c.2,234,613 students and c.384,424 staff. Together, they represent over a quarter (27%) of participating institutions in the initiative.

UK universities, including students, have been collaborating tirelessly alongside partners in mainland Europe to co-create the future vision of the European Education Area. This vision ”to bring together a new generation of creative Europeans able to cooperate across languages, borders and disciplines to address societal challenges and skills shortages faced in Europe” is one which is shared by students across the UK.

Whilst the UK has left the European Union, and by default the Erasmus+ Programme, it has not left Europe. European values, identity and heritage are embedded across UK society, and UK based students are fundamentally part of “the new generation of creative Europeans” at which this initiative is aimed. Since the inception of the Erasmus+ programme, the UK has consistently been a top destination for students studying abroad, and the European University Initiative provides an opportunity to deepen and broaden these opportunities for the future.

In a video message, students express a belief in the European Commission’s aim of creating an inclusive, diverse and innovative education environment, and an assertion that UK based students should be included in this vision.

Watch the video here, and share amongst your networks if you support the cause for the UK to continue as full partners in the Erasmus+ European University Initiative:

Source: Université de Nantes

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