EULiST integrates over 200,000 students and 20,000 staff at 10 universities in 10 countries and even more European regions with complementing strengths in technical topics, humanities and social sciences. Together we represent the diversity of the European university landscape with universities from Sweden and Finland in the North, Greece, Italy and Spain in the South, the Czech and Slovak Republics in the East and Austria, France and Germany in the West and the Centre: We are located in large metropolitan areas such as Athens, Madrid, Paris or Vienna, in major cities like Bratislava, Brest, Brno or Hannover and smaller rural towns such as Albi, Jönköping, Lappeenranta or Lahti.
However, our diversity is not only geographic. Our Members vary in size from 6,000 students at Lappeenranta-Lahti to 45,000 at Rey Juan Carlos. There are many public Members and privately funded ones, long-standing and newly created. Seven of our universities specialise in technology and business; three are comprehensive, offering a full range of disciplines including both STEM and SSH degrees. Some are based on a single campus; others are spread across a wide metropolitan area (URJC, NTUA), in different cities (LUT) or throughout the whole country (IMT).
This diversity is fundamental not only because it enables us to address the challenges of tomorrow, but because we can do so from different perspectives that take into account the different regions. Our diverse contexts also help us be aware of the complex consequences of our actions on individuals, society and the planet, enabling us to respond accordingly and appropriately. This diversity also provides the basis for future collaboration, beyond the four-year funding period, in hubs with other European University Alliances, and allows us to act as a model of good practice for other universities, in order to form synergies across a broad disciplinary range within and beyond Europe.
The EULiST Members are:
The European Universities Initiative is of strategic importance for Higher Education in Europe.
In 2018, the European Commission launched the European Universities Initiative aiming to trigger and deepen unprecedented levels of cooperation between higher education institutions, making it systemic, structural and sustainable. Now part of Erasmus+ Programme, the initiative aims to encourage the emergence of bottom-up alliances of universities across Europe, which will enable students to combine studies in several countries.
European Universities are transnational Alliances that intend to develop into universities of the future:
Through joint long-term strategies for education & research, the alliances aim to:
Following the EUI 2018 and 2019 pilot calls, 41 European University Alliances were created and funded. The final goal of the EU is to reach 60 European Universities by 2024, involving ca 500 HEIs