In March 2018, Warwick signed and launched two major teaching and research collaborations with L’Université Paris Seine and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The three universities have declared their intention of founding an expanding European alliance of universities in response to the European Commission’s call for the creation of strategic collaborations between higher education institutions.
All three universities are designedly modern and internationalist, socially and regionally impactful, entrepreneurial and challenge-driven. They share a core vision of innovative, creative and inclusive education. Through multilateral collaboration at all levels, they intend to create transformative learning opportunities that extend the horizon of expectations for tomorrow’s graduates and researchers, both in Europe and throughout the world.
The alliance will announce additional international partners towards the end of the year. Supported by a committed leadership, it will champion European higher education responses to questions of global impact. Underpinned by excellence and growing capacity, its programmes will propose collaborative solutions to international challenges, generate synergies between research, education, innovation, and economic contribution, and motivate inter-regional planning and place-making.
Speaking at the launch of these partnerships, the University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Croft said:
Europe-wide research and teaching collaboration has helped transform the lives not just of our students and researchers, it has underpinned jobs, and spurred innovation and advances in health, manufacturing, culture and so much more. Politicians in and out of office in every country in Europe are still deliberating how the UK can still be part of that in future but we can’t afford simply to wait for that to be fully resolved. We chose to act now not just to show our commitment to work together in future but to begin work on a range of activities that delivers on such a commitment.
I am delighted to be able to begin that work today as we join in partnership with colleagues from L’Université Paris Seine, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Warwick will be seeking opportunities to form further such partnerships with higher education institutions in other European countries that we hope will become a network of actively engaged students, teachers and researchers.”
To find out more about Warwick's European Partnerships and how to get involved, contact Mike Haymes
The Rutherford Strategic International Fellowships scheme, which ran in early 2018, provided funding for Early Career Researchers to spend 3 months at Warwick in order to catalyse long-term interdisciplinary collaborations and undertake training activities to support their career development. Find out more about the fellows from L'Université Paris Seine and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
A generous philanthropic gift of £250,000 from Warwick alumnus Rui Fernandes will establish the Fernandes Fellowships programme, which will allow Early Career Researchers from across Europe to visit Warwick. The scheme, administered by the Institute for Advanced Study, will launch in September 2018.