European Universities

What is the European Universities Initiative? 

The European Universities Initiative is one of the flagship programmes of the European Union to build a European Education Area, co-developed by higher education institutions, student organisations, Member States and the European Commission.

European Universities are transnational alliances that will become the universities of the future, promoting European values and identity, and revolutionising the quality and competitiveness of European Higher Education. To achieve this, the Commission is testing different cooperation models for European Universities with two calls for proposals launched in 2019 and 2020 under the Erasmus+ programme. Click to find out more about the results of the pilot calls launched in 2019 and 2020.

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UNICA members in European University Alliances

36 out of the 54 UNICA member Universities take part in European Universities alliances, which means that 75 per cent of UNICA’s eligible members participate in the initiative. In other terms, 19 out of the 41 existing alliances have a UNICA member University. From January 2022, the number of UNICA members in European universities will increase to 37, following the addition of University of Vienna to Circle U.

Alliance’s AcronymAlliance’s NameUNICA Members in the Alliance & Country
1EUROPE

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UNA EuropaFreie Universität Berlin , Germany
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
University of Helsinki, Finland
4EU+

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The 4EU+ AllianceUniversity of Copenhagen,Denmark
Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
University of Warsaw, Poland
ARQUS

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ARQUS European University AllianceVilnius University, Lithuania
Aurora Alliance

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Aurora Alliance University of Iceland, Iceland
CHARMEU

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CHARM European University
(Challenge-driven, Accessible,
Research-based, Mobile)
Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest , Hungary
Circle U.

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Circle U. European UniversityKing’s College London, United Kingdom
University of Belgrade, Serbia
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
University of Oslo, Norway
University of Vienna, Austria (from January 2022)
CIVIS

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CIVIS – a European Civic
University Alliance
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Stockholm University, Sweden
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
University of Bucharest, Romania
Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
EELISA

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European Engineering Learning Innovation & Science AllianceUniversité PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres), France
ENLIGHT

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European University Network to
promote Equitable
Quality of Life, Sustainability,
and Global Engagement
through Higher
Education Transformation
Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia
EPICUR

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European Partnership for an Innovative
Campus Unifying Regions
Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
EUniWell

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European University for Well-BeingSemmelweis University, Hungary
EuroTeQ

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EuroTeQ Engeneering UniversityTallinn University of Technology, Estonia
EUTOPIA

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European Universities Transforming
to an Open, Inclusive Academy
for 2050
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal
FORTHEM

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Fostering Outreach within
European Regions, Transnational
Higher Education and Mobility
University of Latvia, Latvia
T4E

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Transform4Europe – T4E:
The European University
for Knowledge Entrepreneurs
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria
UNIC

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The European University of
Post-Industrial Cities
University of Zagreb, Croatia
UNITE!

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University Network for Innovation,
Technology and Engineering
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
UNIVERSEH

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European University of Earth
and Humanity
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
YUFE

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Young Universities for the
Future of Europe
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
University of Cyprus, Cyprus


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