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EUTOPIA 2050

European Universities Transforming to an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050.

Challenge-led, student-centered, place-based & inclusive.

About the alliance

Formed by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Gothenburg, CY Cergy Paris Université, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, the University of Warwick and led by the University of Ljubljana, 

the EUTOPIA alliance unites over:
165,000 students
30,000 members of staff
90,000 international alumni

With research centres in 760 areas, EUTOPIA’s expertise spans multiple areas, highlighting not only the network’s depth, but also its breadth of knowledge.

The alliance launched its strategy on the 28th of February 2019 at the Solvay Library in Brussels.

EUTOPIA 2050

 European Universities Transforming to an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050.

Challenge-led, student-centered, place-based & inclusive

Long-term vision

EUTOPIA’s vision is one of a fully federated inter-university campus alliance that is:

  • Geared towards the challenges of the future
    The 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
    The 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
    The 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
    The 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.

Mid-term mission

In order to establish the foundations of a federated university by 2025, EUTOPIA will focus on five core areas:

  • Prepare students, staff and learners to be empowered European citizens in today’s disruptive World
  • Adjust the university organisation and practices to lead the challenges of the 21st Century
  • Increase and intensify the Europeanisation of programmes on offer
  • Catalyse place-making by the universities in partnership with their regions, engaging with all agencies to embed and empower the transformative effect of universities
  • Serve as an example for other universities, across Europe and in the wider international arena, in order to share and develop the focus on building transformative, challenge-driven and contemporary universities.

Short-term piloting plan

Geared towards its long-term vision and mid-term mission, the EUTOPIA alliance initiated its 3-year pilot plan in Ljubljana on December 2nd 2019.

The EUTOPIA 3-year plan is organised in seven Work Packages, each one with a specific goal. All of them include three different types of activity (strategy development; development and implementation of tools and instruments; implementation of pilot cases).

The Work Packages are as follows:

  • Work Package 1
    A governance structure and strategy for managing a European University alliance
  • Work Package 2
    A common Learning Community
  • Work Package 3
    A common set of Knowledge Creation Communities
  • Work Package 4
    A place-making capacity, policy and practice
  • Work Package 5
    An inclusion and balanced societies policy and practice
  • Work Package 6
    A grounded and global internationalisation
  • Work Package 7
    A sustainability and dissemination policy and practice

Student opportunities

Through the intensive collaboration between the VUB and the 5 other EUTOPIA universities, students can benefit from several international opportunities in all parts of Europe.

Get involved!

The EUTOPIA alliance highly values student participation. Contact the VUB student council for an update on EUTOPIA student governance through STUDENTCOUNCIL@VUB.AC.BE , and keep an eye on this page for opportunities to get actively involved!

Student and staff photography competition

The University of Warwick’s Migration, Identity, and Translation Network invites students and staff from across the EUTOPIA institutions to submit artworks that address the research theme 'Multilingualism' in its broad terms. Collaborations are highly encouraged. 

This competition aims to provide a creative opportunity to represent multilingualism
through visual means and to raise awareness about innovative ways of understanding multilingualism. 

Amazon vouchers are offered as prizes for the first, second and third placed entries. For more information see here. Please do notice that you have to submit your work by Friday 28th February 23:59 GMT. 

 

Erasmus exchange

Check if your programme has Erasmus exchange opportunities on the Exchange pages!

PhD student opportunities

Through the intensive collaboration between the VUB and the 5 other EUTOPIA universities, PhD students can benefit from several international opportunities in all parts of Europe. Keep an eye on this page!

EUTOPIA PhD Co-tutelle Program

The EUTOPIA alliance is pleased to inform you about the opening of the EUTOPIA PhD Co-tutelle Program!

  • The EUTOPIA PhD Co-tutelle program will support and offer funding to high-quality PhD projects in all research areas co- supervised by academics of the EUTOPIA member universities. It is expected to lead to high- quality  research  projects  with globalimpact,  providing  exciting  research opportunities for PhD  or doctoral candidates.
  • The fellowships will start between October 2020 and January 2021.
  • Applications must be made by the supervisors of the project via the application platform by 1pm (CET) on the 20th April 2020.  Potential PhD students cannot apply directly.
  • The description of the programme can be found here.

 

Call editorial board 'Exhanges: the Interdisciplinary Research Journal'

The University of Warwick is seeking early career researchers from EUTOPIA to join the editorial board of Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal. It is a scholar-led, peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary, online-only journal dedicated to the publication of high-quality work by researchers in all disciplines. 

This is a career development opportunity for early career researchers 
(defined broadly in this case to include those coming to the end of their PhDs as well as postdocs) to join the editorial team of an international, interdisciplinary journal. The editors would be supported by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief Gareth Johnson and would act as ambassadors for Exchanges within their institution, aiming to drive more submissions to the journal. 

For more information, please contact Gareth.Johnson@warwick.ac.uk 
and we kindly ask you to register your interest before Friday 28th February

Underneath some relevant links: 

About the title: https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/about 

Author guidelines: https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/guidance 

Editors blog: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/exchangesias/       

Students and staff photography competition

The University of Warwick’s Migration, Identity, and Translation Network invites students and staff from across the EUTOPIA institutions to submit artworks that address the research theme 'Multilingualism' in its broad terms. Collaborations are highly encouraged. 

This competition aims to provide a creative opportunity to represent multilingualism 
through visual means and to raise awareness about innovative ways of understanding multilingualism. 

Amazon vouchers are offered as prizes for the first, second and third placed entries. For more information see here. Please do notice that you have to submit your work by Friday 28th February 23:59 GMT. 

EUTOPIA-SIF COFUND

We are pleased to announce that the EUTOPIA’s Science & Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme (EUTOPIA-SIF) was selected under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Action from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme. With a total of 10.2 Million Euros (5.6 M€ of EU contribution and 4.6 M€ of co-funding by the alliance's members), EUTOPIA-SIF is an ambitious initiative to train 76 young researchers

The project is coordinated by CY Cergy Paris Université for the EUTOPIA alliance. The first call for applications will be published in the fall of 2020. Fellows will be offered full freedom to pursue their research project while benefiting 
from expert supervision and state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

STAFF OPPORTUNITIES

EUTOPIA offers several opportunities for academic and non-academic staff, but we also call on the initiative of staff members to develop strong ties with our partners.

Invitation Electrical Engineering International week

From 27th to 30th of April, the Electrical Engineering department of CY Cergy Paris Université – Cergy Paris Institute of Technology - organizes an International week. 

Within the Cergy-Pontoise Institute of Technology (North-West of Paris), the Electrical Engineering department trains undergraduate students in the fields of electronics, industrial data, networks, automation, and applied physics. These students are intended to quickly enter the professional world, or to continue their studies to become engineers.

Aiming at scientific, technical and human openness, the department is organizing an international week from April 27 to 30, 2020. This will be an opportunity for local teachers to offer their lessons in English, but above all to invite foreign colleagues to speak in front of the students. 

This can be considered in two forms:

  • you are interested in intervening in the subjects present in the students' curriculum (mathematics, applied physics, electronics, industrial data, automation, network, English, etc.) : you can teach a group of students, in agreement with the subject’s referent teacher.
  • you prefer to present your research, an innovative educational approach developed in your university, or explain your international experience and what it has brought you professionally.

In order to optimize the organization of this international week, the idea is for you to spend two days in our department (April 27-28, or April 29-30). Of course, your travel expenses (flight / train / two hotel nights) will be covered by the department, unless supported by Erasmus+. 

Depending on your choice, you could complete your visit by enjoying the city of Paris the weekend before or after (Friday, May 1 is a holiday).

For more information, please contact prof. Nicolas Wilkie-Chancellier, Head of the Electrical Engineering Department via mail nicolas.wilkie-chancellier@u-cergy.fr .

Call editorial board 'Exchanges: the Interdisciplinary Research Journal'

The University of Warwick is seeking early career researchers from EUTOPIA to join the editorial board of Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal. It is a scholar-led, peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary, online-only journal dedicated to the publication of high-quality work by researchers in all disciplines. 

This is a career development opportunity for early career researchers 
(defined broadly in this case to include those coming to the end of their PhDs as well as postdocs) to join the editorial team of an international, interdisciplinary journal. The editors would be supported by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief Gareth Johnson and would act as ambassadors for Exchanges within their institution, aiming to drive more submissions to the journal. 

For more information, please contact Gareth.Johnson@warwick.ac.uk 
and we kindly ask you to register your interest before Friday 28th February

Underneath some relevant links. 

About the title: https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/about 

Author guidelines: https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/guidance 

Editors blog: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/exchangesias/     

Student and staff photography competition

The University of Warwick’s Migration, Identity, and Translation Network invites students and staff from across the EUTOPIA institutions to submit artworks that address the research theme 'Multilingualism' in its broad terms. Collaborations are highly encouraged. 

This competition aims to provide a creative opportunity to represent multilingualism 
through visual means and to raise awareness about innovative ways of understanding multilingualism. 

Amazon vouchers are offered as prizes for the first, second and third placed entries. For more information see here. Please do notice that you have to submit your work by Friday 28th February 23:59 GMT. 

Fellowships

  • The Paris Seine Institute of Advanced Studies has launched a new scheme, the EUTOPIA Visiting Fellowships, to facilitate the hosting of EUTOPIA researchers wishing to collaborate with Paris Seine faculty. Applications are open and welcome! More information.
  • The VUB is actively recruiting experienced researchers for the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action – Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF) which is part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding scheme. The MSCA-IF funding scheme is geared to promising experienced researchers (ER). Please note: an ER denotes a researcher with a PhD degree, or at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience (unrelated to PhD studies). 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. More information.

 

For PhD scholarships, check the page for PhD students!

Contact

Ask your questions or pitch your initiatives to the VUB EUTOPIA officer

For more information, inquiries, or comments, please contact us through eutopia@vub.be