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

35 out of the 55 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, 18 out of the 41 existing alliances have a UNICA member University.

Alliance’s AcronymAlliance’s NameUNICA Members in the AllianceCountry
1EUROPEUNA EuropaFreie Universität Berlin
The University of Edinburgh
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
University of Helsinki
United Kingdom

4EU+The 4EU+ AllianceUniversity of Copenhagen
Sorbonne Université
Charles University in Prague
University of Warsaw
Czech Republic
ARQUSARQUS European University AllianceVilnius UniversityLithuania
Aurora Alliance Aurora Alliance University of Iceland Iceland
CHARMEUCHARM European University (Challenge-driven, Accessible, Research-based, Mobile)Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest Hungary
Circle U.Circle U. European UniversityKing’s College London
University of Belgrade
University of Humboldt Berlin
University of Oslo
United Kingdom
CIVISCIVIS – a European Civic University AllianceNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Stockholm University
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Sapienza Università di Roma
University of Bucharest
Université Libre de Bruxelles


ENLIGHTEuropean University Network to promote Equitable Quality of Life, Sustainability, and Global Engagement through Higher Education TransformationComenius University Bratislava Slovakia
EPICUREuropean Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions Universiteit van AmsterdamThe Netherlands
EUniWellEuropean University for Well-BeingSemmelweis UniversityHungary
EuroTeQEuroTeQ Engeneering UniversityTallinn University of TechnologyEstonia
EUTOPIAEuropean Universities Transforming to an Open, Inclusive Academy for 2050 University of LjubljanaSlovenia
FORTHEMFostering Outreach within European Regions, Transnational Higher Education and MobilityUniversity of LatviaLatvia
T4ETransform4Europe – T4E: The European University for Knowledge EntrepreneursSofia University St. Kliment OhridskiBulgaria
UNICThe European University of Post-Industrial CitiesUniversity of ZagrebCroatia
UNITE!University Network for Innovation, Technology and EngineeringUniversidade de LisboaPortugal
UNIVERSEHEuropean University of Earth and HumanityUniversity of LuxembourgLuxembourg
YUFEYoung Universities for the Future of EuropeUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid
University of Rome Tor Vergata
University of Cyprus