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UPF joins EUTOPIA, an alliance of European universities that seeks to adapt the model of higher education to the needs of the 21st century

UPF joins EUTOPIA, an alliance of European universities that seeks to adapt the model of higher education to the needs of the 21st century

The University Paris-Seine, the Vrije University of Brussels, the University of Warwick, the University of Ljubljana, the University of Gothenburg and Pompeu Fabra University are the six member institutions of the network that completed its creation in the Slovenian capital.

14.12.2018

 

The cities of Paris, Brussels, Coventry, Ljubljana, Gothenburg and Barcelona are now more connected thanks to the new EUTOPIA alliance of universities, created with the aim of transforming the member universities into multiversities working multidisciplinarily and multilingually to thus become an open federation of higher education institutions.

The University Paris-Seine, the Vrije University of Brussels, the University of Warwick (Coventry), the University of Ljubljana, the University of Gothenburg and Pompeu Fabra University are the six member institutions of the network that completed its creation in the Slovenian capital. The initial proposal was the brainchild of the first three universities and has been completed by the last three.

In the words of Jaume Casals, UPF rector, “Eutopia is, first and foremost, a happy encounter: a friendly alliance coming at a good time. Then it’s a useful tool, optimal for the birth of the European universities of the 21st century, innovative, respectful to the local environment and with a desire to cause an impact on a planetary scale”.

The universities of the future cannot continue to be run on the basis of organizational models of the past. EUTOPIA must serve, among other things, together to explore strategies and structures to improve the scientific, educational and social impact of its member universities.

“Eutopia is, first and foremost, a happy encounter: a friendly alliance coming at a good time. Then it’s a useful tool, optimal for the birth of the European universities of the 21st century, innovative, respectful to the local environment and with a vocation to cause an impact on a planetary scale”

The alliance unites six European institutions that, despite being very different from each other and operating in very different regional contexts, share a number of values and commitments that have already begun to be implemented through partnerships. The regional and institutional diversity, in addition, illustrates the concept of diversity present in Europe.

One of the aims of EUTOPIA is to compete for the new competitive call “European Universities Initiative” launched by the European Commission to build a European Education Area. The pilot call is open to alliances of universities that follow principles such as representing a broad European geographical area or having a long term shared strategy.

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