EC2U among the 24 Alliances selected for funding by the European Commission

The Universities of Coimbra (Portugal), Alexandru Ioan Cuza of Iasi (Romania), Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany), Pavia (Italy), Poitiers (Coordinator, France), Salamanca (Spain) and Turku (Finland) are proud to announce that their proposal for the creation of the Alliance “European Campus of City-Universities, EC2U” has been selected by the European Commission at the 2020 call of the pilot phase of “European Universities”.

Created in 2017, the EC2U Alliance forms a multi-cultural and multi-lingual pan-European campus consisting of seven long-standing, education- and research-led, locally and globally engaged universities. It represents a community of 160 000 students and 20 000 staff, in direct reach to more than 1 600 000 citizens.

The EC2U Alliance’s ambition is to develop an innovative space allowing mobility to flow freely between the seven universities and associated cities. This model of openness will contribute to overcome clichéd views of regional and national identities and achieve a united and stronger Europe.

The Alliance will reach this ambition by creating a pan-European campus, connected by the common European identity, contributing to the creation of a smart higher education eco-system through a new model of quality education for an inclusive civic society. This unique model relies on a multidimensional integration strategy, producing synergies from education, research and innovation, with the contribution of academic communities (students, teachers, researchers, staff), municipalities, higher education regulatory bodies, socio-economic entities and citizens.

More facts and figures can be found on the EC2U Alliance web site, at www.ec2u.eu

Contact: contact@ec2u.eu

Message from the 7 EC2U Rectors about the Covid-19 Pandemic

To the students and staff of the EC2U Alliance member universities,

To the Associated Partners of the EC2U Alliance,

As all European countries, regions and cities are gradually hit by the coronavirus outbreak, we would like to express our strong support to you and call for a reinforced solidarity between the members of our communities and with citizens, in particular with the ones who are fighting the virus.

The EC2U Alliance was created to develop an open and innovative space allowing free mobility among the seven universities and cities, forming a single community of 160 000 students and 20 000 staff, in direct reach to 1 600 000 citizens, thus overcoming clichéd views of regional and national identities. This spirit of openness and solidarity is more than ever important.

The COVID-19 crisis underlines the need for Higher Education Institutions to develop virtual mobility and distant education: these two topics are among the main objectives of the EC2U Alliance. Therefore, this unprecedented situation will not alter our focus to move forward with our project. It will even reinforce our partnership by strengthening our mutual support enabling us to better reach our common goal: the creation of a pan-European campus, connected by a sense of shared European identity, contributing to the development of a smart higher education eco-system through a new model of quality education for an inclusive society.

With all our support,

Prof. Amílcar Falcão, Rector of the University of Coimbra

Prof. Tudorel Toader, Rector of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Prof. Walter Rosenthal, President of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

Prof. Francesco Svelto, Rector of the University of Pavia

Prof. Yves Jean, President of the University of Poitiers

Prof. Ricardo Rivero, Rector of the University of Salamanca

Prof. Jukka Kola, Rector of the University of Turku

What is EC2U?

The European Campus of City-Universities (EC2U) is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual Alliance consisting of seven long-standing, education- and research-led, locally and globally engaged universities from four diverse regions of the European Union: the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania),  the University of Jena (Germany), the University of Pavia (Italy), the University of Poitiers (France-Coordinator),  the University of Salamanca (Spain) and  the University of Turku (Finland).

It represents a community of 160 000 students and 20 000 staff, in direct reach to more than 1 600 000 citizens.

The Alliance’s ambition is to develop an innovative space allowing mobility to flow freely between the seven universities and associated cities. This model of openness will contribute to overcome clichéd views of regional and national identities and achieve a united and stronger Europe.

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