We are an ambitious alliance of six like-minded European universities: the Vrije Universitat Brussels (Belgium), CY Cergy Paris Université (France), the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the University of Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and the University of Warwick (United Kingdom).

Each university holds several campuses deeply related to their territories. They have built solid ties with their communities, the institutional structures and the local companies. 

EUTOPIA students, researchers and staff work together to build a new academic model, reflecting an open and a united Europe, respectful of the citizens and the environment. 

The mission of EUTOPIA is to build in the long-term a unique and daring alliance of transformative and engaged institutions.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a competitive, high-quality, socially committed and internationally-oriented university located in Brussels. VUB offers high quality education to more than 17,000 students on three main campuses (Humanities, Sciences & Engineering, Health, Photonics). We have more than 160 research groups working on 4 campuses and including the 6000 medical staff at the university hospital we are one of the biggest centers of knowledge in the European Capital and the highest ranked organization in Brussels for the number of participations in Horizon 2020. The VUB contributes to Brussels being an Innovation Leader whose performance increases with time and scores high onthe number of scientific co-publications. Thanks to this expertise and its strategic location, the VUB is the ideal partner forprestigious research with an outlook on Europe and the world. The university therefore is an avid participant inEuropean projects, and in particular in H2020-projects. There are more than 160 running research projects at VUB whichare (co-)funded by the European Union, 20% of which are coordinated by VUB.

CY Cergy Paris Université (CY) was formed in January 2020 following a merger of Université de Cergy-Pontoise, EISTI school of engineering and Université Paris Seine. ESSEC is associated by decree with CY Cergy Paris Université and integrated into its governance. Both institutions have joined forces with an ambitious project, the CY Initiative, which has the objective to boost their research potential and international attractiveness in order to be ranked within the top 200 world research universities in the next ten years. Together, they have been selected by the French government as one of the 19 French Universities of Excellence. CYU appears in the top quartile of French institutions for several size-adjusted indicators of research performance, including ERC nominations. It is a multidisciplinary, mid-sized French university with significant recognition for the quality of its research and innovation. It runs two national centres of excellence in the fields of Modelling sciences (economics, mathematics, physics, computer science and finance) and Material heritage restoration and conservation (experimental science and humanities). CYU is ranked in the top 300 of THE Young Universities ranking, in the world top 200 in Mathematics and top 300 in Economics (ARWU). ESSEC is one of the world’s leading Business Schools, ranked in the world top 200 in Management and top 150 in Finance (ARWU) in the world top 10 for various Master programs (QS, Financial Times and The Economist);.

The University of Gothenburg (GU) is among the largest universities in Northern Europe with approximately 47,000 students and around 3,000 academic staff. With its eight faculties, GU is also one of the most wide-ranging and versatile universities in Sweden. It is a powerhouse in the Health Sciences and in Social Sciences such as Public Administration and Political Sciences, as shown by the Shanghai Subject Rankings, but is renowned in many more fields (it is present in 31 of the 54 Subjects of the ranking). GU has participated in 131 H2020 projects (20 ERC and 62 MSCA).

The University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest higher education and foremost scientific research institution in Slovenia (see Shanghai ARWU ranking). It comprises 23 faculties and three art academies which provide study programs in all academic fields. As with GU, Ljubljana’swide thematic spread and steady level of excellence are documented by the fact that it is present in 32 Subject in the Shanghai ranking, showing particular strengths in Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering subjects, in Business Administration and Economics as well as in Agricultural and Food Sciences. UL has participated in 158 H2020 projects (4 ERC and 31 MSCA);

The Pompeu Fabra University-Barcelona (UPF) is a public, international and research-intensive university created in 1990, currently among the top universities in Europe. Awarded a CEI label (International Excellence Campus) by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the university performs very well inthe most influential rankings. It is the first Spanish university in the world Top 150 (THE2020) and the 10th-ranked young university worldwide among those <50 years, ranked fifth in Europe and first in Spain (THE2020). Likewise, it ranks first amongSpanish universities in number of articles per researcher published in the most influential scholarly journals in the world, first Spanish university in terms of the percentage of papers produced in collaboration with national institutions, and second in the percentage of papers produced in collaboration with foreign institutions (CWTS Leiden ranking 2019). It also tops the indicator in Spain for the number of citations of articles by its researchers (QS World University Rankings 2020). UPF has a strong international dimension: 45% of Master’s and PhD students in 2019-2020 were international; 43% of graduates studied abroad; and 27% of the teaching staff is international. UPF is highly competitive in research and has been awarded over 156 projects in Horizon 2020 (>75M€), including 31 ERC Grants and 57 Marie Curie Actions. Through the EU 7th Framework Programme, it was awarded 145 projects and more than 75M€. These participations include a COFUND program (UPFellows 2014-2019) co-financing 24 international fellowships with a budget of 5,48M€ and an EU Contribution of 2,19M€. Likewise, it aims to transform education to respond to future challenges by combining a strong dedication to excellence in research with great training capacity (first Spanish university in doctoral theses read per researcher and first-ranked in number of Spanish Ministry predoctoral grants (FPU and FPI) per 100 lecturers -IUNE Report, 2019). In April 2014, it was the first Spanish University to obtain the “HR Excellence in Research” distinction.

The University of Warwick (UoW) is one of the world’s leading research universities in all academic fields and in September 2020 was ranked 77th in the THE (Times Higher Education) 2021 World University Rankings and in the top 10 UK universities in the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. The excellence of Warwick’s research environment is evidenced by its ranking of 7th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 87% of Warwick’s research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and 19 departments ranked in the top ten in the UK. Warwick research has a strong record of interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international research collaborations and it is home to many major research centres working across disciplinary and other boundaries to address major global research priorities.