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Launch of Eutopia in Brussels

News: Mar 01, 2019

On February 28 the new Eutopia network was launched in Brussels. The University of Gothenburg, together with five other universities, created an alliance to strengthen European collaboration in research and education.

A delegation from the University of Gothenburg, headed by Vice-Chancellor Eva Wiberg, traveled to Brussels on Thursday to participate in the presentation of Eutopia. Vice-Chancellors from the other members of the network - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Ljubljana, L’Université Paris Seine, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and the University of Warwick - were also present.

Submitted bid

The alliance has submitted a bid for Erasmus + European Universities Projects´ call.
“Together, the network has now submitted a strong application in tough competition with other networks. Regardless of the outcome, this is the beginning of an exciting co-operation” she says.
The alliance will, through a network of European campuses, address global challenges through collaboration in research, innovation and increased mobility for students and staff.
“The University of Gothenburg's strongest contribution to this alliance is our knowledge in multidisciplinary research in societal challenges, and our comprehensive quality work”, says Eva Wiberg.

Open and Inclusive

Eutopia is an acronym for European Universities Transforming to an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050. Openness and inclusion are keywords. The idea is that students and staff will be able to move freely between the universities part of the alliance. Students´ involvement will be of great importance. For example, students will be included in the decision-making structure.
In total, the network unites over 165,000 students and 30,000 employees.

Hans Abelius, Head of Unit at the International Centre was also present in Brussels.
“This alliace is of great importance since it makes us part of the dialogue about the European universities of tomorrow” he says.
 

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Originally published on: medarbetarportalen.gu.se

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