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EU Commission Adopts Initiatives on Building Bridges for Effective European Higher Education Cooperation

The European Union Commission has adopted two new initiatives aimed at supporting and building bridges for effective European cooperation in the field of higher education.

According to a press release issued by the Commission yesterday, on January 18, the EU community needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever as the continent deals with major challenges such as climate change, population aging, and digital transformation.

For this reason, the Commission aims to enable higher education institutions in Europe to collaborate more deeply and closely, facilitating the implementation of transnational educational programmes, pooling resources, and joint certification, TheSchengen.com reports.

“With our proposals today, we seek to take transnational cooperation in higher education to a new level. Shared values, more mobility, broader scope and synergies to build a truly European dimension in our higher education,” said Vice President for Promoting European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, Commenting on the decision of the Commission.

Through the new strategy, the Commission intends to support universities across Europe to adapt to changing conditions as well as contribute to their resilience and recovery.

This indicates that universities will be the main actors in terms of green dual change and digital transformation.

It was revealed that the European budget will support about 60 universities with more than 500 institutions of higher education by mid-2024.

The planned budget is 1.1 billion euros for the period 2021-2027. In doing so, the Commission aims to develop and share long-term structural, methodological and sustainable cooperation in the field of education.

“European university alliances are paving the way; by mid-2024 the European budget will support up to 60 European university alliances with more than 500 universities across Europe,” said Maria Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

In addition, the Commission plans to create a European inter-university campus where students, researchers and staff can create new knowledge together and enjoy seamless mobility across different countries and disciplines.

Other key initiatives include working towards a legal statue of alliances of higher education institutions, the creation of an EU joint degree to recognize the value of transnational experiences, and the expansion of the EU Student Card initiative through the creation of a unique student ID.

Given that Europe is home to about 5,000 institutions of higher education, EU member states are called upon to take action and create conditions at the national level that will enable sustainable transnational cooperation and the most effective implementation of joint research and educational activities.

>> The EU Commission urges that environmental sustainability focus on the EU’s education systems

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