An alliance of European universities based on Inclusiveness and Civic-Mindedness

Seven Higher Education institutions have joined forces to answer the Erasmus+ call for projects to form a “European University“. The alliance brings together universities stretching from east to west and north to south, based in cities with diverse profiles – capitals and non-capitals, big and small, wealthy and with limited resources.

The European Union is experiencing a time of upheaval characterised by social, economic, political and cultural challenges. To face these challenges, the time has come to develop new forms of education and solutions that offer a better future to European inhabitants and societies.

Universities play a major role in co-building a more inclusive society: they constitute the interface between knowledge and the socioeconomic and cultural environment.

The InclusU alliance is a consortium composed of the University of Lille (France), Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania), Malmö University (Sweden), Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), the University of Minho (Portugal), Roma Tre University (Italy) and the University of Wroclaw (Poland). The partners are united by their shared common values and have developed a project for the alliance that will reshape the way universities collaborate inside the EU.

This new way of thinking about and carrying out cooperation requires shifting the paradigm of mobility and its recognition, as well as broadening the spectrum of those who benefit from European cooperation activities: students, researchers, teachers, university personnel, actors from local institutions and authorities and from local communities, NGOs and private companies.

As a first step in strengthening the links between the partner universities, the first Networking Lunch for Inclusive Universities in Europe took place on February 20 in Brussels in partnership with the Hauts-de-France region and the network of Universities in South Sweden.

The meeting assembled rectors and vice-rectors from the seven universities, as well as vice-presidents and directors of international relations and representatives of their home countries present in Brussels.

Through the multicultural and multilingual dimensions of the “European University” project, InclusU is a key driver of the Europeanisation of its teaching programs, of new learning practices and of the dissemination of European values in the world.

The governance of this European university will be shared among the partners. At the heart of the project are the Student Challenge Hub and the EU Civic Lab, which interconnect the students of the alliance via different forms of mobility and close transnational collaboration.

The main objective is to offer more inclusive and non-discriminatory learning and teaching programmes through different activities such as research-grounded courses, student and staff mobility programs and inclusive, intercultural activities, including tandem classes, virtual exchanges, conferences, workshops, seminars, among other activities.