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European Universities Initiative ‘unsustainable’ and ‘disjointed’

Image: Maruo Bottaro, European Union 2019

Study urges European Commission and member states to improve funding for EUI alliances

The European Universities Initiative, the EU’s scheme for financing cross-border collaborations among higher education institutions, is operating in an “unsustainable” and “disjointed” way, a study has found.

Commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, the study assessed the first years of the initiative, which launched in 2019. The EUI supports universities to form alliances around activities such as creating joint campuses and programmes, and there are now 44 alliances involving about 340 higher education institutions across the continent.

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