European University Alliances are significantly deepening transnational cooperation across the European Education and Research Areas. Today we learned about the results of the last call for funding under the current Erasmus+ Programme, which will support 14 alliances with €14.4 million each over a period of four years. EURASHE warmly congratulates these alliances, including many that include applied universities. Commendations are also due to those alliances that received the Seal of Excellence. Although these alliances are not funded by Erasmus+, this recognition validates the quality and potential impact of their proposals.


EURASHE calls on Member States to step up and financially support European University Alliances, and not only those in receipt of Erasmus+ funds. Furthermore, we call on the European Commission to continue developing a Sustainable Investment Pathway open to all HEIs that wish to deepen transnational cooperation across all their missions. In this respect we underline the role played by applied universities in connecting regional innovation ecosystems and preparing graduates for the world of work.

In conjunction with these new alliances, we welcome the decision to fund the FOR-EU4All project. This pivotal initiative unifies these 64 existing European University alliances into a cohesive Community of Practice, designed to enhance collaboration across the European higher education sector. This newly formalized structure will streamline administration and enhance communication and coordination among alliances, supported by a €1.8 million grant from the European Commission over four years. Establishing the Community of Practice, with EURASHE and other higher education stakeholders as associate partners, marks a significant milestone. This development promises to elevate the standards and remove barriers to further ease and boost transnational cooperation in higher education, setting the stage for a future where educational institutions are more interconnected and innovative than ever before.


European Commission press release

List of alliances selected to receive funding from the Erasmus+ Programme

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