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Warwick launches European university alliance strategy in Brussels

The University of Warwick has today, Thursday 28th February 2019, joined our EUTOPIA alliance partners to launch a new European university alliance strategy at the Solvay Library in Brussels. Formed by the University of Warwick, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Gothenburg, L’Université Paris-Seine, the University Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona and the University of Ljubljana, the EUTOPIA alliance is forging a new generation for European higher education.

The alliance has also today submitted its bid for the Erasmus+ ‘European Universities’ programme grant. Winning this bid would boost its mission of working as a network of European campuses addressing global challenges through collaborative research, increased mobility of students and staff, and with shared innovations which serve the wider public in regional communities.

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, said:

The University of Warwick is delighted to be a member of EUTOPIA, a new and exciting collaboration of universities from across Europe.

Today, we collectively launch EUTOPIA’s mission and strategy, which confirms the commitment of our six member universities to open, innovative and inclusive education. Together, we will strive to foster greater mobility for ideas and people, bring together our local regions to address global issues and push forward the new generation of higher education in Europe.

Europe-wide research and teaching collaboration is central to who we are as a University and we are delighted to work with our EUTOPIA colleagues to further our alliance, and to provide fresh opportunities to transform the lives of the Warwick community and our region.”

The EUTOPIA alliance unites over 165,000 students and 30,000 members of staff over six countries, with 90,000 international alumni associated with its member universities. Together, the EUTOPIA universities have research centres in 760 areas of knowledge.

Already, the alliance is developing joint Masters courses, joint PhD studentships and fellowships for Early Career Researchers, student exchange programmes and teaching collaborations. Furthermore, academic conferences are taking place across the EUTOPIA universities – such as a two day workshop on Complex Systems in October 2018, during which potential research collaborations in areas like robotics and artificial intelligence were explored. A workshop for researchers in the Humanities on ‘History, Memory and Conflicts’ is also planned for later in 2019.

Further information on EUTOPIA and the European university strategy can be found here.

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