Alliance

About the EULIST Alliance

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

EULiST Alliance

EULiST Alliance is a consortium consisting of nine, 9, universities with complementing strengths in technical subjects, humanities and social sciences. Through joint and integrated approaches in social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, it aims to develop new sustainable solutions to major social challenges that we face today and in the future.

The EULiST Members are:

The entire Alliance comprises of more than 192,000 students and 19,000 academic and administrative staff. EULiST Members have actively engaged in facilitating mobility between the universities in the past, in long-standing bilateral relationships as well as through a multilateral Erasmus+ Agreement, in place since 2021.

What is the European Universities Initiative (EUI)?

The European Universities Initiative is of strategic importance for Higher Education in Europe.

In 2018, the European Commission launched the European Universities Initiative aiming to trigger and deepen unprecedented levels of cooperation between higher education institutions, making it systemic, structural and sustainable. Now part of Erasmus+ Programme, the initiative aims to encourage the emergence of bottom-up alliances of universities across Europe, which will enable students to combine studies in several countries.

European Universities are transnational Alliances that intend to develop into universities of the future:

  • promoting common European values and a strengthened European identity by bringing together a new generation of Europeans able to cooperate within different cultures, languages, and across borders, sectors and academic disciplines;
  • reaching a substantial leap in quality, performance, attractiveness and competitiveness of European higher education institutions, and contribute to the European knowledge economy, employment, creativity, culture and welfare by making the best use of innovative pedagogies and striving to make the knowledge square a reality. ‘European Universities’ will be key drivers to boost the quality of higher education and where possible to strengthen its link to the research and innovation landscape in Europe and its outreach towards the society and economy.

Through joint long-term strategies for education & research, the alliances aim to:

  • achieve a new quality of European exchange
  • become models for networking, digitalization, sustainability & social participation
  • educate a new generation of European graduates who study and live in different countries and languages

Following the EUI 2018 and 2019 pilot calls, 41 European University Alliances were created and funded. The final goal of the EU is to reach 60 European Universities by 2024, involving ca 500 HEIs

OBJECTIVES

The aim of EULiST Alliance is:

  • to build a long-term strategic partnership to promote networking and exchange between society and technological development in education, research and knowledge transfer.
  • to develop new sustainable solutions to major social challenges that we face today and in the future.
  • To offer complementary educational opportunities and mobility for students, researchers, and staff (e.g., through a single borderless campus)

EULiST serves as an intermediary and generator of knowledge and innovation, empowering responsible change agents to solve the challenges humanity is facing including climate change and green transition. To this end, EULiST strives to generate a unique and creative academic ecosystem inspired by the reciprocities between society and technology.

 

Embedded in a single borderless campus, through transdisciplinary learning and teaching, cooperative research and innovation, and community outreach, EULiST seeks to make the knowledge square, i.e. education, research, innovation and society, a reality and advance open science principles using a new type of unified integrated digital library as its knowledge and communications hub.

 

STRUCTURE

The network has elected Prof. Dr. Volker Epping, President of LUH, as senior chairperson of the Presidents’ Board, the most important decision-making body of the new alliance.

Prof. Andreas Boudouvis, Rector of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), has been elected deputy chairperson.

The chairpersons are in charge of managing the network, as well as the Presidents‘ Board.

WORKGROUPS

The alliance is currently in the development phase. In order to develop joint activities and projects, Work Groups in four fields of action have been established, identifying connecting factors and exchange ideas in order to establish innovative interdisciplinary fields of action.

  • Campus
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Research and Innovation
  • Outreach, Engagement and Transfer

The Work Groups comprise networking members of all partner universities.

Please feel free to contribute your ideas!