In April 2018, the concept how to create “European Universities” is still very much in the making. “What I say this morning, might already be out of date this evening”, said Sophia Eriksson-Waterschoot, Director at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports at the start-up of the workshop. She nevertheless gave an insight in the current state of play of how the European Commission plans to take forward the idea to create by 2024 some “20 European Universities”.
- It is an ambitious initiative that shall reach a new level of cooperation and integration among Higher Education Institutions in Europe
- The “European University Networks (EUN)” shall follow a bottom-up approach; they shall be builtup gradually, but with a far-reaching vision, a strong governance model and aiming for a European statute
- EUN need to reflect a geographical balance in Europe
- Mobility for all, language learning, joint programmes with a truly European degree, full recognition of study periods abroad, innovative, cross-sectorial curricula as well as addressing the knowledge triangle of education, research and innovation shall be at the forefront of EUN
- EUN shall act as role-models that can inspire others
- A pilot under Erasmus+ will test the concept that is expected to be fully developed for the Erasmus+ successor programme starting in 2021