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EU PLAN FOR EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY NETWORKS

IN 2024 YOU MAY COMBINE STUDYING IN SEVERAL EU COUNTRIES

The European Commission is planning on setting up a network of European universities and has installed a commission that will examine the feasibility of EU collaborations in research, education, and innovation. 

The intended network by the EU Commission must become the flagship of the European educational arena and elaborates the idea from the French president Emmanuel Macron in 2017 to create European Universities, groups of four to six institutions that drive educational innovation and strengthen European identity.  

Recognition of ideas

While the role and future of existing programs, like Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020, is not yet clear, the ambition to create a pan-European educational standard is top of mind. During the fifth Bologna Policy Forum, held on the 25th of May in Paris, education Ministers and international organisations decided the Macron initiative offers new room to reassess laws and regulations. Another step towards standardization of European accreditations and the recognition of degrees.

Groningen in U4 Network

Current models of networks illustrate the virtue of European University Networks. The European Campus (Eucor) of five neighbouring universities along the Rhine, in Switzerland, Germany, and France, is focused around specific subjects, such as quantum physics. The U4 Network (Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, and Uppsala), collaborates in teaching and research, including joint leadership courses and peer evaluation.  

The first funding call is to be set this autumn, with full funding to be released at the beginning of the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework in 2021.

You can find the Sorbonne speech by Emmanuel Macron here.

The statement on European Higher Education is available here.