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Six European universities create a transnational alliance for education and research

The goal of the Ulysseus project is to create a European University of the future. This alliance, coordinated by the University of Seville, also integrates the University of Genoa (Italy), Université Côte d'Azur (France), the Management Center Innsbruck (Austria), the Technical University of Košice (Slovakia) and the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland).


Publication : 11/05/2020
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Six European universities and a large number of associated partners met on January 28 in Brussels to sign the Ulysseus Mission Statement. The Ulysseus alliance aims to build a long-term alliance, a joint structure and a strategy for education and research, linked to the priorities of the members' regions and cities. Its goal is to contribute to competitiveness, innovation and employability, and to promote active citizenship, social inclusion, cohesion and the personal development of students and citizens.

This alliance, coordinated by the University of Seville, also integrates the University of Genoa (Italy), Université Côte d'Azur (France), the Management Center Innsbruck (Austria), the Technical University of Košice (Slovakia) and the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland). But the Ulysseus project extends beyond the context of universities and has received the support of governments and of the social and business community in each region. Université Côte d'Azur, for example, is supported by the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropole and the Communauté d'Agglomération Sophia Antipolis.

Representatives of student associations from France (Federation of student associations and corporations of the Alpes-Maritimes), from Slovakia (BEST Student Association) and from Spain (University of Seville Association) supported the project and signed the Ulysseus' Mission Statement today. Their participation contributed added value to the project.

European universities

European universities are the universities of the future, and as transational alliances that promote a European identity and European values, they will revolutionizing European higher education by improving its quality and competitiveness. In order to achieve this major step forward, the European Commission issued two calls for proposals as part of the Erasmus+ program to test different models of cooperation between European universities. These alliances are expected to include partners from all types of higher education institutions and have a broad geographic scope across Europe. They will jointly define a long-term strategy focusing on sustainability, excellence and European values, and will offer student-centered curricula jointly delivered on shared university campuses, where diverse student bodies can build their own programs and experiment mobility. Member institutions will adopt a challenge-based approach whereby students, academics and external partners work together in interdisciplinary teams to tackle the biggest problems facing Europe today.

The Mission Statement explains the fundamental objective of the alliance and its long-term vision for education, research, innovation and society as a whole, which is to generate a systemic, structural and lasting impact at all levels within participating institutions. This vision should extend beyond the 3-year funding period, and at least until 2025.