EUTOPIA takes next steps in making Bridges to European Economic Development through Universities, Partnership and Social Value.

The members of the EUTOPIA were kindly invited by the University of Warwick to a high-level policy roundtable on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at the Warwick Brussels Office for a policy event on Bridges to European Economic Development: Universities, Partnership and Social Value.

In the 21st Century, the task facing local, national and supra-national governments seeking to achieve socially acceptable economic development is becoming more complex. For example, the incorporation ofthe technological innovations associated with Artificial Intelligence will have a profound impact on the way business and industry is conducted and may well result in massive social disturbance. At the same time, the need to achieve economic development in a sustainable way, as expressed in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, places additional challenges onpolicymakers, as well as onresearchers developing the new technologies. Meeting these challenges will require policymakers, business and industry, and universities to re-think their roles and responsibilities.

European universities thinking about their role in the 21st century can no longer merely be bastions of research and teaching excellence, existing in isolation. Rather, they mustlook beyond their walls to generate synergies with society, to foster both a spiritof international collaboration and to increasebenefitsto theirlocal economies through ‘place-based’ collaboration. The European Union has recently launched the European Universities programme, which offers the opportunity for consortia of European universities to address these issues.

The EUTOPIA alliance explicitly aims to explore how institutions from across Europe can work together to promote inclusive growth and innovationin their regionsand, in doing so, they seek to contribute to social welfare and to create value while promoting their commitment to culture as an instrument for deciphering the contemporary world, and while actively engaging with it. The EUTOPIA alliance will also seek to identify how its members can act as ‘bridges’ between their respectiveregions in order to maximise the collective impact of their work.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships at VUB for EUTOPIA candidates

The VUB is currently actively recruiting experienced researchers for the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships which is part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding scheme. The MSCA-IF funding scheme is geared to promising experienced researchers (ER). A repository of topics to inspire potential applicants, and to ensure a two-way knowledge transfer between applicant and host institution (a requirement for the proposal) has been created. The topics of the repository are thought to be seen as grounds for discussion and further evolution into a project idea together with the respective VUB supervisor. The applicant will have to write a proposal to further expound his or her idea regarding e.g. innovation, training and stakeholders. Candidates from the EUTOPIA universities are welcomed. Read more.

EUTOPIA International Fellowships at CY Cergy Paris Université

CY Advanced Studies has launched a new scheme, the EUTOPIA Visiting Fellowships, to facilitate the hosting of EUTOPIA researchers wishing to collaborate with CY Cergy Paris Université faculty.

The program is open to researchers of the five partner universities wishing to undertake a short research stay (up to 21 days) at CY Cergy Paris Université. It covers stipend and living expenses for a fixed amount of 150 € per day (including travel fees and housing). Visitors will be hosted jointly in one of the research centers of the CY Cergy Paris Université and at CY Advanced Studies.

Applications are open and welcome! Read more.

CY Cergy Paris Université visits UPF in the framework of EUTOPIA

Led by its rector, François Germinet, the CY Cergy Paris Université visited the University Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona in the beginning of May 2019 with the aim of creating synergies in the field of higher education and building strong international partnerships.

The meeting, part of the Eutopia project, was held so that the representatives of the two institutions could explore ways of working together. For this purpose, bilateral meetings were organized with the different fields of knowledge at UPF: political and social sciences, health and life sciences, communication, economics and business, engineering and information and communication technologies, humanities, and translation and language sciences.

Visits to several unique spaces of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona were also scheduled, such as the Workshops Area of the Poblenou campus, which is undergoing transformation, and the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB).

Finally, the visit also served to introduce to the delegation of CY Cergy Paris Université two strategic projects that UPF is currently developing.  Josep Lluís Martí, vice-rector for innovation projects, explained EDvolució, the project to completely renovate and update UPF’s model of education; Pablo Pareja, commissioner for UPF student academic career, presented UPForward, the project that seeks to give order and coherence to every student’s passage through the University, from before their arrival until after graduation, when they become alumni. Read more.


Delegation of the University of Paris-Seine visiting the Universitat Pompeu Fabra-Barcelona.

Warwick, VUB and UPS start with co-tutelle PhD Scholarschips

For the first time, Warwick and Paris Seine, and Warwick and VUB, are offering a number of PhD scholarships for joint projects to enable promising researchers to be jointly supervised in order to complete their PhD. PhD candidates will have one supervisor at Warwick and another at VUB or UPS and spend at least 12 months in each institution. Successful candidates will enter into an agreement governing the joint supervision of their PhD with Warwick and VUB or UPS.

The funding, which covers tuition fees, a salary/stipend and research/travel expenses, will allow students to be jointly supervised by an academic at Warwick and an academic at either Paris Seine or VUB.

The deadline for applications is the 29th May. Read more.

EUTOPIA, a new generation of European alliance of universities

The CY Cergy Paris Université, Vrije University Brussels, University of Warwick, University of Ljubljana, University of Gothenburg and Pompeu Fabra University are the six member institutions of the network.

Eutopia aims to boost its mission of operating as a network of European campuses facing global challenges through collaborative research, greater student and staff mobility, and shared innovations that serve a broader public than that of their regional communities.

The alliance unites more than 165,000 students and 30,000 staff members from six countries, with 90,000 international students associated through the partner universities. Together, the EUTOPIA universities have research centres in 760 different areas of knowledge.

The six partner universities are working together to modernize education and training, and provide the skills for the twenty-first century in all European regions. Hence, they have opted for the new competitive call “European Universities Initiative” launched by the European Commission to build a European Education Area. 

Next generation European university alliance launches mission in Brussels

EUTOPIA, a new alliance of six European universities that strives to create a connected and inclusive academic community across the continent, launches its strategy today at the Solvay Library in Brussels. 

The alliance has also today submitted its bid for the Erasmus+ ‘European Universities’ programme grant, which would boost its mission of working as a network of European campuses addressing global challenges – through collaborative research, increased mobility of students and staff, and with shared innovations which serve the wider public in regional communities.

Already, the alliance is developing joint Masters courses, joint PhD studentships and fellowships for Early Career Researchers, student exchange programmes and teaching collaborations.

Furthermore, academic conferences are taking place across the EUTOPIA universities – such as a two day workshop on Complex Systems in October 2018, during which potential research collaborations in areas like robotics and artificial intelligence were explored. A workshop for researchers in the Humanities on ‘History, Memory and Conflicts’ is also planned for later in 2019.

At the heart of EUTOPIA is an open learning community, which is co-created in partnership with academics, students and non-academic partners. In time, the alliance may include other higher education institutions both within and outside Europe.

The six partner universities are working together to modernise education and training, and provide 21st century skills and competencies in all of Europe’s regions.


Launch event at the Solvay Library on 28 February 2019.

Caroline Pauwels, Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, said

“The VUB is happy that the EUTOPIA alliance brings together 6 ambitious universities from very diverse metropolitan settings. Our joint project to create a common learning community and knowledge creation community aims to transform our universities into living labs of education and research innovation.

“Through Open Science and Open Education the EUTOPIA alliance is driven towards the creation of a joint ‘multiversity’ with a strong multilingual, multidisciplinary and multicultural research and educational agenda. We aim to create mutual understanding through intensified co-creation of a common future for Europe.”

Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gothenburg, said:

“Together, the network has now submitted a strong application in a tough race with other universities. Our strongest contributions in this alliance are our knowledge in multidisciplinary research in relation to our large societal challenges, and our comprehensive quality work.

“I’m really looking forward to the bid submission. Regardless of the outcome, this is the beginning of an exciting co-operation.”

Igor Papic, Rector of the University of Ljubljana, said:

“I am very pleased that we have successfully submitted the EUTOPIA project proposal. Our alliance puts students ‘at the centre’ and prepares them for the society of 2050, teaching them how to tackle technological and sociological challenges. Part of the project’s objective is to ensure a balanced development across all the EU regions – which will be crucial for the success of the EU in the future. I am convinced that it is important that the UK universities remain partners in all the EU programmes.

“Our project proposal conveys the messages that we would like to establish a very good collaboration with the University of Warwick, irrespective of Brexit. I am so glad that the initial discussions between the universities were so fruitful and that we will continue to work together in any case.”

Francois Germinet, Admnistrateur provisoire at CY Cergy Paris Université, said:

“How can we address sustainable development goals around us? How do we make Europe a practical reality and meaningful utopia again? Our children are expecting strong answers. They expect respectful places where they can design their future and the future of our planet. This is why we are so pleased to launch our European University EUTOPIA.

“We are so proud, in Cergy, to be part of it. The teams of our 6 universities have done a great job. We are highly motivated to rely on our diversity, enlightened by a common humanist and entrepreneurial spirit, in order to invent the university 21st century Europe needs”.

Jaume Casals, Rector of Pompeu Fabra University – Barcelona, said:

“EUTOPIA is, first and foremost, a happy encounter: a friendly alliance of universities that still breathe and live on the road coming at a good time. Then it’s a useful tool, optimal for the birth of the European universities of the 21st century, innovative, respectful to the local environment and with a vocation to cause an impact on a planetary scale.” 

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, said:

“The University of Warwick is delighted to be a member of EUTOPIA, a new and exciting collaboration of universities from across Europe.

“Today, we collectively launch EUTOPIA’s mission and strategy, which confirms the commitment of our six member universities to open, innovative and inclusive education. Together, we will strive to foster greater mobility for ideas and people, bring together our local regions to address global issues and push forward the new generation of higher education in Europe.

“Europe-wide research and teaching collaboration is central to who we are as a University and we are delighted to work with our EUTOPIA colleagues to further our alliance, and to provide fresh opportunities to transform the lives of the Warwick community and our region.”

University of Ljubljana to lead new European university network

A university alliance founded by the UK’s University of Warwick, L’Université Paris Seine, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and recently joined by the University of Ljubljana, today made three announcements which were: the names of two new members of the alliance; the alliance’s name; and the fact that they have chosen the Slovenia’s University of Ljubljana and its Rector Professor Doctor Igor Papič to lead the new alliance’s approach to the European Universities of the future initiative. An initiative first suggested by French President Emmanuel Macron. 13 December 2018. Read more. 

A university alliance founded by the UK’s University of Warwick, French CY Cergy Paris Université, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and recently joined by the University of Ljubljana, today made three announcements which were: the names of two new members of the alliance; the alliance’s name; and the fact that they have chosen the Slovenia’s University of Ljubljana and its Rector Professor Doctor Igor Papič to lead the new alliance’s approach to the European Universities of the future initiative. An initiative first suggested by French President Emmanuel Macron. 13 December 2018. Read more. 

VUB launches new European University EUTOPIA with Partners

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the University of Warwick, the 
CY Cergy Paris Université, the University of Gothenburg, Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona and the University of Ljubljana are now working together in a new university alliance: EUTOPIA. To achieve this, several declarations of intent were signed by all the universities  involved on Wednesday, 12 December, in Ljubljana. This collaboration is in line with the European Commission’s call to expand and strengthen European cooperation in higher education and scientific research. 13 December 2018. Read more. 

University of Gothenburg joins new European network

On Wednesday, Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gothenburg, signed an agreement to join the university network Eutopia, a new alliance of six European universities. 13 December. Read more. 

Regional leaders attend Paris meeting with the University of Warwick and new alliance members

Regional leaders joined academic and policy staff from the University of Warwick at a summit with European counterparts this week. 6 November 2018. Read more. 

Paris summit to see further political and academic backing for new European university alliance

The University of Ljubljana in Slovenia is the fourth institution to join a new, growing university alliance founded by the University of Warwick, CY Cergy Paris Université, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The group has also revealed that discussions are well in advance for further members to join. 29 October 2018. Read more.

Alliance between the University of Warwick and the CY Cergy Paris Université

The CY Cergy Paris Université and the University of Warwick signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 in London. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of CY Cergy Paris Université Initiative members (CY Cergy Paris Université, ESSEC, EISTI, ENSEA, ComUE Paris Seine), winners of the “I-SITE Initiatives of Excellence”, in the framework of the Investments for the Future Programme (Programme Investissement d’Avenir, in French). 10 April 2018. Read more. 

University of Warwick launches major teaching and research collaboration with partners in Paris and Brussels

The University of Warwick has today signed and launched two major teaching and research collaborations with partner universities and and colleges in Paris and Brussels. 28 March 2018. Read more.