The European University “EULiST”, funded by the European Union, has officially launched
After the signature from the European Commission and main coordinator Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), other nine partners have signed the Grant Agreement demonstrating the formal approval of the agreement and its annexes. EULiST officially started its activities on 1 November 2023.
EULiST aims to create knowledge and training to address the challenges that humanity is facing such as Climate Change, Digital Transition and Social Inclusion for the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
Within this framework the main coordinator Leibniz University Hannover organized the Kick-of Meeting, in Hannover on 2-3 November where Presidents, Rectors, and other representatives and students from the 10 Universities participated.
During the meeting the next actions of the Alliance for the achievement of its strategic objectives, as defined in the specific Work Packages (WP) and Tasks, were discussed. The need to identify the relative strengths of the partners and the cooperation to enhance their impact in areas such as the Digital Campus for the support of educational and research activities, international mobility and outreach was highlighted.
For the Alliance’s Communication and Dissemination, students’ active engagement and the contribution of stakeholders in the EULiST activities were noted as pivotal parameters for its success.
With its ten alliance members, higher education institutions from all over Europe, EULiST is rooted in a committed, ambitious and innovative dynamic for higher education, research and, more broadly, for society.
EULiST will carry on its activities with its affirmation in heart: Our present, your future!
“Long-term cooperation with renowned universities across Europe can help us in joint research projects, the most important EU grant schemes (Horizon, ERC…), in education, targeted support of engineering and doctoral students in various options of modern courses, trainings or exchange programs and ultimately in the rankings. By implementing good examples from our partners and modern universities, we can and must progress,” STU vice-rector Maximilián Strémy assessed.
NTUA Rector Andreas Boudouvis stated: “NTUA is a founding member of the European University Alliance EULIST and one of the pioneers of its success towards the recognition as a European University and the approval to be financed with €14,000,000 for 4 years. The success of the European Universities Initiative is a great challenge because it requires the removal of national academic singularities and the overcoming of serious obstacles, such as language, distance and bureaucracy. The cooperation of the Greek Universities that participate in (different) European Universities Alliances will significantly help to deal with commonly identified difficulties but also to highlight the necessity for additional funding of the initiative from national resources”
“The new European university will help LUT to thrive in the future. Close cooperation adds to the appeal of all EULiST universities. It’s easier for ten universities to attract new students and offer interesting career paths than it is for one. “You could think of a joint European university as kind of a sales bargain: when you study at or collaborate with one university, you get ten universities and networks for the price of one,” Jari Hämäläinen compares. “A joint European university makes us A-listers – part of the top ten per cent. It will improve LUT’s visibility, reputation and university ranking positions in the long run.”