Four key principles

EUTOPIA is a challenge-led, student-centred, place-based, inclusive alliance of entrepreneurial, change focused universities. In conjunction with our partners and collaborators, EUTOPIA will be characterised by these four key principles:

Geared towards the challenges of the future

Our alliance will be challenge-drive to prepare students and staff as European citizens and lifelong learners who care and act for the future of the planet and humanity.

Student-centred and student-empowering

Our alliance will provide transformative and open learning opportunities, and extended horizons of expectation and ability, both across Europe and throughout the world.

Attentive to the plurality, potentiality and international pre-eminence of Europe’s regions

Our alliance will build on its place-making strengths, connecting cultures and contexts in order to enhance European capability and creativity, and support the international pre-eminence of European innovation and influence.

Committed to the principles of openness and inclusion

Our alliance will foster and support knowledge co-creation, by building open resources and collaborative platforms, endorsing open science agendas, and sponsoring the access, mobility and inclusivity mechanisms that liberate our intellectual and social potential.

Six areas of focus

The EUTOPIA alliance’s strategic direction is outlined in the following areas of focus:


To co-create an open learning community in partnership with students and non-academic partners.


To promote an integrated, challenge driven, knowledge-creation community among the EUTOPIA institutions.


To address global challenges from a local level through the promotion of inclusive growth and innovation.


To extend the concept of open and inclusive education, innovate and modernise education and training, and provide 21st century skills and competencies in all of Europe’s regions.


To commit to be always open to the world through our core academic socio-cultural, political and economic intention.


To shape an open and inclusive structure with an adaptive, collaborative, multi-level governance model.