The European Digital UniverCity (EDUC) was launched in 2019 with six founding members. With the University of Potsdam acting as coordinator, the universities of Cagliari (Italy), Masaryk in Brno (Czech Republic), Pécs (Hungary), as well as Paris Nanterre and Rennes 1 (France) had joined forces during the pilot phase. They share the goal to constitute intense structural and sustainable collaboration at all university levels, as well as the development of innovative and inclusive learning and mobility scenarios.
The European Digital UniverCity stands for an innovative form of higher education cooperation, bringing together the diversity of its members to form a new kind of community, enriching personal relationships and social engagement within the family, the neighbourhood, the city and as citizens of a democratic society. The alliance therefore builds on well-established teaching and research cooperation between the individual partner universities. What they have in common is a strong international research profile with a high regional commitment.
With two new partners, Jaume I University (Spain) and the University of South-Eastern Norway, joining the alliance, EDUC successfully applied for continued funding to the Erasmus+ call in 2022. The new partners expand the campus of the European Digital UniverCity to the north and the south and constitute a valuable addition with their expertise in digitalisation and sustainable development.
In the upcoming 4+2 years, EDUC with its now 8 partners in 7 countries will build on the successes of the pilot phase and deepen their cooperation in the area of innovative mobility scenarios and the internationalization of curricula. The partners are committed to further develop their joint virtual campus, link research and innovation with teaching using problem-based projects, promote exchange and further training of their scientific and administrative staff, and strengthen dialog with society.
In January 2023, a Steering Committee Meeting will take place in Spain at Jaume I University, where the Alliance will officially kick off the next funding phase. The University of Potsdam’s visit to the University of South-Eastern Norway, both of which also belong to the YERUN network, already marked the beginning of this new cooperation.
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