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.