EUTOPIA alliance in Venice on 15 and 16 September

Members of the EUTOPIA alliance met at Ca’ Foscari on 15 and 16 September 2022. The Rectors of the network and delegations from each university gathered in Venice to participate in a series of events and initiatives to work together on planning the future of European universities. 

The opening and closing ceremonies was broadcasted on youcafoscari, the university’s YouTube channel. 

EUTOPIA (European Universities Transforming into an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050) is a network of 10 European universities who share a vision and collaborate to build the universities of the future. The EUTOPIA alliance is daring, enthusiastic, and on a mission to develop innovative pedagogical models that extend beyond national borders. The universities in the alliance are student-centred and committed to reinforcing social cohesion by focussing on excellence and inclusion. EUTOPIA supports challenge-driven research and teaching; it promotes the awareness and empowerment of European graduates; it encourages the mobility of people and ideas, to stimulate debates and involvement. EUTOPIA’s partners share values such as integrity, academic freedom, sharing of knowledge, and openness to the international community.

In 2019, EUTOPIA was one of the first European university alliances to obtain funding through the European Universities Initiative (Erasmus +, Key Action 2: Cooperation among organisations and institutions — Partnerships for Excellence). These transnational alliances have two main objectives: to increase the international competitiveness of European universities, and to contribute to the strengthening of the European identity.

The European Commission has recently approved funding for the EUTOPIA MORE project (European Universities Transforming into an Open Inclusive Academy - Making Organisational and Real Evolution), which will be awarded over 14 million euros in the next four years. Check out this article for more information.

Would you like to get to know the universities of EUTOPIA? On Radio Ca’ Foscari you can find the “Cities of EUTOPIA” podcast, in which researchers from each university describe their city through the lens of research. Listen to the first three episodes about Venice, Brussels and Cergy.

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