Activities

The European University Alliance is an innovative consortium including six leading universities from six countries – Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Poland and Germany.

Freie Universität Berlin, Università di Bologna, KU Leuven, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne are among the largest universities in their countries. They stand among the largest universities by their number of students - from 30.000 students to more than 85.000 students depending on the national higher education ecosystem. Located in major urban areas, the universities are all well connected between each other within the European space. This good connectivity will be a facilitator to existing relations and to new actions within the network.

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Founding members

Freie Universität Berlin

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Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 by professors and students, in response to the persecution faced by students who took a critical eye of the system at Universität Unter den Linden, at that time located in the Soviet sector of the divided city. The idea of founding a free university found widespread support in the international community, including financial support. This outpouring of aid helped pave the way for Freie Universität to become a university with an outstanding international reputation. The principles of freedom and internationality have guided the university’s development ever since. Since the university’s founding, in December of 1948, the academic ethos of Freie Universität Berlin has always been defined by three values: truth, justice, and freedom.

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Alma mater studiorum Università di Bologna

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Established in 1088, the University of Bologna is the oldest university in the western world, founded by students for students, when masters of grammar, rhetoric and logic began to devote themselves to law. Its earliest recorded scholar was a man named Irnerius, who catalogued Roman legal materials. Other early students included 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Other notable alumni include the poet Dante and former Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi. Between the 12th and 13th centuries, a woman named Bettisia Gozzadini reputedly taught at the university, attracting crowds that were so big her lessons had to be held in the city’s public squares. Today, with a community of more than 85,000 students, the university is among the largest in Italy, offering 200 degree programmes and two-year specialised courses across 33 departments and 11 schools. It is a multi-campus institution with sites across northern Italy in Cesena, Forli, Ravenna and Rimini, as well as Bologna. It has an overseas campus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which offers interdisciplinary programmes. Sport is a big part of student life at the university with physical activity considered an integral part of education. The university also encourages its students to take up internships in sectors spanning industry, commerce, public institutions and professional firms, and runs a job placement service for graduates that supports their entry into the job market. Bologna itself is Italy’s seventh most populous city, where the university’s students make-up nearly a third of the population. It is one of the less expensive Italian cities for students to live in, where cinemas and theatres are discounted for students and many of Bologna’s museums are free to access. The university is also home to several libraries, including the Bologna University Library, which houses major collections of antique and modern books, as well as conservation and historical and scientific research facilities.

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Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie

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The Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded on 12 May 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. The Jubilee year 2014 marked the 650th anniversary of this remarkable event.
Since its very beginning, the Jagiellonian University has been an international institution. Poles, Ruthenians, Lithuanians, Hungarians, Germans, Czechs, the Swiss, the English, the Dutch, the French the Spanish, Italians, and even Tatars studied here in the old days.

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KU Leuven

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KU Leuven is an autonomous university. It was founded in 1425. It was born of and has grown within the Catholic tradition. From its Christian view of the world and the human, KU Leuven endeavours to be a place for open discussion of social, philosophical and ethical issues and a critical centre of reflection in and for the Catholic community.
KU Leuven offers its students an academic education based on high-level research, with the aim of preparing them to assume their social responsibilities.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works together actively with its research partners at home and abroad.
KU Leuven encourages personal initiative and critical reflection in a culture of idea exchange, cooperation, solidarity and academic freedom. It pursues a proactive diversity policy for its students and staff.
KU Leuven aims to actively participate in public and cultural debate and in the advancement of a knowledge-based society. It puts its expertise to the service of society, with particular consideration for its most vulnerable members.
From a basis of social responsibility and scientific expertise, KU Leuven provides high-quality, comprehensive health care, including specialised tertiary care, in its University Hospitals. In doing so it strives toward optimum accessibility and respect for all patients.
KU Leuven carries out its academic activities at various campuses, research parks and hospital facilities in close cooperation with the members of the KU Leuven Association and with its hospital partners.

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Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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Considered to be one of the oldest universities in the world, the Complutense University of Madrid has roots that date back to the 13th century, when Sancho IV of Castile granted a license to establish what was formerly known as a ‘General School of Study’ in the city of Alcalá. The original Ciudad Universitaria campus was founded in 1927 with the goal of merging education, science and culture. Nowadays, the highly competitive university is home to over 86,000 students and is spread across the whole of the Ciudad Universitaria area of Madrid. As the largest university in Spain, it also has institutions in the neighbouring city of Pozuelo de Alarcón. Courses in the university are divided into a number of science faculties including media and communication science, teaching and learning science, and computer science. It also contains a faculty of Art and programmes in geography and veterinary medicine. Additionally, the university comprises specialist schools that focus on medicine and legal studies. It offers summer courses in the world heritage site of San Lorenzo del Escorial and boasts a number of study abroad programmes with universities located in Paris, Prague, Slovakia and the US. Alongside its own newspaper and radio station, the university houses over 100 recreational societies and several competitive sports teams. It is also one of Madrid’s leading venues for film premieres and all major Spanish film productions are screened in front of an audience of Complutense students. The university’s alumni includes many famous historians, philosophers, poets and Prime Ministers. Its graduates are given ‘lifelong training’ that furnishes them with professional skills allied to their chosen fields of work and alongside their academic studies.

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Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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Founded in 1253 (Sorbonne) and located in the centre of Paris (Latin Quarter), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is one of the oldest universities in the world. The policy of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is to conduct excellent interdisciplinary research and learning. It is organised around 3 main scientific areas: Economics and Management, Humanities, and Law and Political Sciences. Research performed at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is renowned on both a national and international level. On a teaching level, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne offers degrees taught partially in English, double degrees with international partners and off-campus training sessions. 43,000 students are enrolled in 10 teaching and research departments and 4 institutes, 20% of which are international students. As a result of the university’s close and long-standing ties with a large number of foreign universities (400 partners all over the world) and membership in international networks, the internationalization of teaching and research is continuously growing and strengthening. The overall goal is to provide researchers and students with a unique opportunity to interact with a broad and global network.

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Rectors

Professor Günter M. Ziegler – President of Freie Universität Berlin

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Prof. Günter M. Ziegler was born in Munich in 1963. After first studying at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, he earned his doctorate in 1987 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. After working four years in Augsburg and a research stay during the fall and winter months in Stockholm, he came to Berlin in 1992, where he worked at the Konrad Zuse Center (today’s Zuse Institut Berlin, ZIB Berlin), a mathematical research institute in the state of Berlin. Ziegler completed the habilitation process at Technische Universität Berlin, where he worked as a professor of mathematics from January 1995 through February 2011. Since March 2011 he has been doing research and teaching at Freie Universität Berlin, and since May 2017 he has also been an adjunct professor at Technische Universität Berlin. In 2006 he was in charge of setting up Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) as a joint graduate school of the three major Berlin universities. Currently he is again serving as chair of BMS.

In 2001 he was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his research. In 2008 he received the Communicator Award of the DFG and the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany). In 2010 he was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, and in November 2017 he was awarded the Berlin Science Prize of the Governing Mayor of Berlin.


Professor Francesco Ubertini – President of Università di Bologna

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Francesco Ubertini graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Bologna, where he was subsequently awarded a PhD in Structural Mechanics. Since 2007 he has been a full Professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures in the School of Architecture and Engineering of the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna.

He was head of the Department of Structural, Transport, Hydraulic, Survey and Territory Engineering (DISTART) from 2007 to 2010 and of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) from 2010 to 2015. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna, the President of the Federico Zeri Foundation, and is a member of the Observatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum Council for the period 2016-2020. In May 2016 he was awarded the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion by the President of Indiana University in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Consortial Studies Program. Since 2017, he is the President of the UniAdrion Network (2017-2018).

In July 2015, he was elected Rector of the University of Bologna for the 2015-2021 period.


Professor Wojciech Nowak - Rector of Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie

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Professor Wojciech Nowak was elected Rector of the Jagiellonian University, Kraków in September 2012. He received his doctorate from the Academy of Medicine, Kraków in 1982, and has authored, or co-authored, over 133 publications and three monographs. Formerly, Professor Nowak was Head of the Faculty of Anatomy at the Jagiellonian (2004-08), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2005-08), and Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian Medical College (2008-12). His academic interests include endocrine surgery, ultrasound in surgery, the surgical treatment of tumours of the digestive tract, breast cancer, and transplantology. He has been President of the European Society of Surgery (ESS) since 2010, is a member of the Examination Board of the Division of General Surgery, and a member of the European Union Network of Excellence for Gastric Cancer since 2007. He was made an Officer of the Order of Saint-Charles in 2012.





Luc Sels – Rector of KU Leuven

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Luc Sels obtained a master’s degree in Sociology at KU Leuven in 1989 and a PhD in Social Sciences in 1995. In 1996, he was awarded the triennial ‘Joseph Merlot - Joseph Leclercq’ award for his doctoral thesis.

He became a project manager at the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA) in 1995 and Professor at the Department of Applied Economics in 1996. From 2004 on he is Full Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven. Primary research interests are estimates and projections of labour market indicators, active ageing, strategic human resource planning and talent management. He serves on the Belgian High Council for Employment as a representative of the Federal Minister of Employment and is director of the Policy Research Centre for Work and Social Economy that gives advice to the Flemish Government on labour market policies. He is a columnist for Trends. From 1997 on, he is a member of the Academy of Management (Human Resources, Careers and Organizational Behavior division).

He was elected Rector of KU Leuven in 2017 for the 2017-2021 period.


Professor Carlos Andradas – Rector of Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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Carlos Andradas holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Complutense University (1982) and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (1983).

Professor of Algebra since 1997, Carlos Andradas has been a visiting Professor at the Universities of Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard, and a visiting researcher at the University of Rennes, Pisa, Dortmund and Münster, and the Science Mathematical Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley. At the Complutense University, Carlos Andradas has held the positions of Vice-Chancellor for Research, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Policy, and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, where he also served as Vice-Dean of Research and Director of the Department of Algebra. Professor Andradas has also been the president of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (2000-2006), and the president of the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies (COSCE) (2011- 2015). From November 2012 he has been a member of the advisory board of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Carlos Andradas was elected as the new rector of the Complutense University in 2015.

Professor Georges Haddad – President of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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Georges Haddad is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS). He holds a PhD in Mathematics, and began his research career at several French universities: Tours, Paris-Dauphine, Nice and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

From 1989 to 1994, he was the President of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Vice President of the French Conference of University Presidents from 1992 to 1994. He founded the Marin Mersenne research laboratory for mathematics, informatics and interdisciplinary applications, and is a member of several scientific and educational councils. He participated in the World Conference on Higher Education as Chairperson of its Steering Committee (1994-99), and was a member of the Task Force on Higher Education in Developing Countries (World Bank-UNESCO) from 1998-2000. He took up the position of Director of UNESCO’s Division of Higher Education in 2004, and since 2010 has been leading the Education Research and Foresight in the Education Sector of UNESCO.

In 2013, he returned to Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University as a Professor of mathematics. He was elected President of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne on 17th May 2016 for a four-year period.

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