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 180 000 students and staff, in direct reach to more than 1 500 000 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 2022, the project will have delivered strategies, guidelines and resources to provide its members with a model of joint governance, a joint campus life, including guidelines and preparatory steps taken for multi-lateral joint European degrees, significantly increased levels of mobility (physical and virtual) of students and staff, large-scale sharing of resources in education, research and campus services, as well as culture and sports events. Joint teams of teaching staff, researchers and students will be created on selected UNSDG-based missions: Good health and well-being, Quality education, Sustainable cities and communities.
In 2025, the EC2U European campus will have reached its full implementation as a unique partnership between academia, cities and regional socio-economic stakeholders, at the service of successive generations of European citizens.