The Université de Haute-Alsace is part of the 8-partner alliance in the European Universities project: European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions (EPICUR) which, in July 2019, won the “European University” call for pilot projects that was launched within the scope of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. The aim of this call for projects was to encourage the emergence, by 2024, of about twenty European universities to go above and beyond the current modes of cooperation in higher education. Setting up European inter-university campuses will also offer students the chance to experience real mobility, irrespective of their level of studies.
The creation of European universities will help to boost the international appeal of European institutions. Its aim is to educate a new generation of creative European citizens capable of cooperating across borders, disciplines and languages. It will further enable them to take on the major challenges of society and make up for the skills shortage which Europe is currently facing.
European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions
EPICUR, the European university project, is based firmly on the values of a Europe constructed on cross-border understanding.
It brings together 8 universities, including 4 members of the Eucor – The European Campus European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation: Freiburg im Breisgau, Mulhouse/Colmar, Karlsruhe, Strasbourg. They are committed to positioning the new EPICUR project firmly in line with initiatives already undertaken and to enhance the visibility of the Upper Rhine in the new alliance.
EPICUR Alliance – 8 partner universities
The 8 partner universities in the EPICUR alliance have set themselves the objective of helping to shape European education, research and development. They will thus invite future generations of European citizens to participate in lessons and teaching methods inspired by the world of interdisciplinary and multilingual research.
Major Work Streams
The EPICUR alliance has identified several major work streams, which will define its direction:
- Encourage the free movement of students and staff across the 8 establishments involved in the project,
- Promote multilingualism, language learning and interculturality,
- Develop innovative teaching and learning models that focus on the student,
- Provide a suitable framework for research activity, closely related to teaching activities,
- Establish a European academic network,
- Develop sustainable structures of governance.
UHA in EPICUR
True to its identity and in line with its commitment to Eucor – The European Campus, the UHA’s contribution to the alliance are the intercultural aspects in the EPICUR project, putting forward several actions that provide structure: training teachers in intercultural and tandem exchange support, research action on the concept of interculturality, etc.
As a Centre for cross-border skills, NovaTris will play a significant role in the implementation of these actions.
The UHA started off the partnership working by organising the kick-off seminar from 20 to 22 November 2019. Teams from the 8 partner universities met up in Mulhouse for 3 days of discussion and sharing and, more especially, several intercultural team building workshops devised and run by NovaTris. This time together helped the project to start off smoothly and efficiently.
*These comments have been translated from French.
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