Leading universities collaborate on a European University

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In Leuven, six leading universities are joining forces with the aim of developing a European University. From Thursday until Saturday, the universities of Berlin, Bologna, Krakau, Madrid, Paris and Leuven will be working on bachelor’s and master’s programmes, doctoral trainings and digital educational techniques. As such, they’re hoping to lay the foundations of the European University of the future.

From Thursday until Saturday, the European University Alliance will be meeting in Leuven. This alliance is composed of six prestigious European universities, namely KU Leuven, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), University of Bologna (Italy), Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie (Poland), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). Rector Luc Sels: “These six partners have a centuries-long tradition of excellence in education and research. Supported by this combined knowledge and experience, we’re aiming to redesign the current landscape of European universities. This isn’t just an exchange programme or a plan for more mobility: we’re creating the sustainable foundation for the European University of the future.”

"We’re going for a strong European approach with one shared goal: shaping our students into Europeans who are interested in the world around them. The basis of this new identity will be our European core values: sustainability, respect for human dignity, solidarity and equal opportunities."

The European University Alliance is a strong partnership founded on cooperation and integration. The partners are designing bachelor’s and master’s programmes in several languages and in which digital educational techniques will play a central part. They’re also working on shared doctoral trainings and schools and are renewing the pedagogic foundations of Europe. Vice Rector Peter Lievens: “This cooperation is a game changer. We’re going for a strong European approach with one shared goal: shaping our students into Europeans who are interested in the world around them. The basis of this new identity will be our European core values: sustainability, respect for human dignity, solidarity and equal opportunities. Currently, Europe finds itself facing significant challenges. It’s up to us as universities to rise up and cultivate a European identity while retaining an open mind.” Rectors and vice rectors, leaders of international services and numerous top experts of these six universities will be in Leuven for three days to tackle this ambitious project. Aided by the newest technologies in education, they will be developing programmes on sustainability, cultural heritage and European studies.