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, the University of Iasi, the University of Jena, the University of Pavia, the University of Poitiers (Coordinator), the University of Salamanca and the University of Turku.
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.
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 the double vertical and horizontal integration strategy, producing synergies from education, research and innovation, from formal/non-formal/informal education, and from the involvement of academic communities, municipalities, higher education regulatory bodies, socio-economic entities, citizens.
In 2023, the EC2U Alliance will be characterised by:
– a joint governance with shared resources
– a joint campus life with culture/sports events
– customised joint Master programmes based on selected UNSDGs: Good health & well-being, Quality education,
Sustainable cities & communities
– drastically increased and geographically balanced mobility (physical, virtual, blended) of students and staff
– Virtual Institutes (VIs) combining education, research and innovation in missions based on the aforementioned UNSDGs
– a unique partnership between academia, cities and socio-economic stakeholders via the EC2U Forum.
The target for 2030 is to reach a true pan-European campus with:
– integrated governance and federal budget
– inter-university campus life
– European Diplomas and staff career plans with embedded/blended mobility
– an extension of the Virtual Institute concept to the 17 UNSDGs
– an annual EC2U Forum between academia and citizens
– European/international impact
Interview of Ludovic Thilly by ESNA (European Higher Education News)