Towards a European University

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About ECIU

ECIU is the leading international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy.


ECIU is determined to change the way of delivering education from degree based to challenge based. ECIU’s proposal to the EU suggests a ground-breaking and innovative educational model on a European scale.

Prestigious EU Support

Following up an initiative by French President Emmanuel Macron, the European Commission announced a call for European Universities, as part of the EU Erasmus+ programme. In the call, 60 million euros (max 5 million euro per project for 3 years) were made available for university alliances to strengthen their collaborations. The alliances had to work towards a European curriculum with innovative pedagogies, structured mobility, and a European campus.

On June 26, the Commission announced ECIU University as one of 17 successful applicants.

Ground-breaking Educational Model

  • European platform where students, researchers, society and industry, can work together to find innovative solutions to real-life challenges.
  • A Competence passport tailored to the learners' needs, instead of offering a fixed “one-size-fits-all” degree.
  • Increased flexibility to  enable life-long learners to access education more easily
  • Pop-up laboratories to test innovate teaching and research practices


Industry Stakeholder

Engineering lngegneria Informatica SpA
Ericsson AB
Gruppo Novartis
Lietuvos Energija
Lyse Group
Sandoz Industrial Products S.p.A.
Sick AG
Suez Environment

Public Stakeholders

Autonomous Province of Trento
Barcelona City Council
Cerdanyola del Valles City
City of Enschede
City of Hamburg
City of Stavanger
City of Tampere
Confindustria Trento
Danish Minister of Higher Education
Fingal County Council
Hub lnnovazione Trentino
Inter-Municipal Community of the Region of Aveiro
Kaunas City Region
Kaunas District Municipality
Municipality of Trento
Oost NL
PIMEC 2030
Region Östergötland
Tampere Region

Press Coverage

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