ATU joins Alliance to create European “Super Campus” across 9 EU countries
Atlantic Technological University (ATU) took part in the launch of EUGREEN, an ambitious European University alliance that aims to become a gateway to sustainability, Growth, Inclusive Education and the Environment.
The launch took place last week at the location of the lead partner, the University of Extremadura in Spain (30 January - 3 February).
ATU is one of nine universities from across Europe to participate in the multi-million-euro programme, which aims to strengthen strategic alliances between universities in the European Union (EU) and increase international competitiveness within the European Higher Education Area.
EU GREEN has been selected by the European Commission as one of only four new European University alliances across Europe to be commenced in 2023 and to receive funding of more than 14 million euros over four years.
ATU will join universities from Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Germany and Portugal to form a 'super campus' with more than 158,000 students and 18,000 staff.
The 'European Universities' initiative is promoted and funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ program.
Speaking on her return from the inaugural meeting of EUGREEN in Spain, ATU President Dr Orla Flynn said the Alliance will be an incredible opportunity not only for ATU but for the region as a whole:
“ATU is delighted to be part of this ambitious European University alliance which will change the landscape of third-level education for universities based in peripheral regions of Europe and which will also open opportunities for students to study common degrees across multiple universities in 9 countries. EU GREEN will allow students, staff and researchers to work together across the EU. It will also bring social and economic benefits to the region through a an educational environment committed to sustainability.”
In the framework of this inauguration, the rectors of the nine universities travelled to Cáceres, where they were joined by ten rectors of Ukrainian universities, who were invited as part of a cooperation project funded by the Polish Government through the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Science, to symbolize that universities are key to educate in human rights, peace and solidarity.
The City Council of Cáceres hosted a session where EUGREEN universities sought cooperation actions with these institutions and their territories.
Further information is available through the EUGREEN alliance website: www.eugreenalliance.eu.