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PrintEuropean universities’ alliance for education quality
The European Commission’s initiative to increase education quality and support cooperation was endorsed by the European Council in December 2017; it aimed at uniting at least 20 European universities to push forward the establishing of a European Education Area by 2025*). The concept of the “European Universities” attracted applications from 54 alliances involving more than 300 higher education institutions from 28 EU states and other Erasmus+ Programme Countries. They replied to an Erasmus+ call on “European Universities” launched in October 2018.
The first pull of 17 so-called “European Universities” (out of 54 applications) will act as a role model for other high schools across the EU. They will enable the next generations of students to experience Europe by studying in different countries and change higher education in Europe while boosting excellence, competitiveness and inclusion.
*) More on European Education Area in the BC’s publications: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/modern_eu/?doc=141684&ins_print; and http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/modern_eu/?doc=138222&ins_print
Baltic States’ “European Universities”
There are several universities in the three Baltic States that acquired the title of being “European”. Thus, in the ECIUn group, among 12 other universities is Kauno Technologijos Universitetas, LT; in EU4Art group (Alliance for common fine arts curriculum), among 4 - Latvijas Makslas Afademija, LV; in the group FORTHEM (Fostering Outreach within European Regions, Transnational Higher Education and Mobility), among 7 others - Latvijas Universitate, LV; in ARQUS group (European University Alliance), among 7 others - Vilniaus Universitetas, LT; and in the CONEXUS group (European University for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability) – among 5 others - Klaipedos Universitetas, LT.
In total, a budget of up to €85 million is available for the first 17 “European Universities”. Each alliance will receive up to €5 million in the coming three years to start implementing their plans and pave the way for other higher education institutions across the EU to follow. Their progress will be closely monitored by the Commission.
The €60 million originally set aside for the new Erasmus+ initiative has been increased to €85 million allowing for the funding of 17 alliances rather than the 12 initially foreseen.
More information in the following web sites:
General reference: Commission press release “First 17 European Universities selected: a major step towards building a European Education Area”, Brussels, 26 June 2019, in: