Plan can boost international collaboration, provided member states engage, say Thomas Jørgensen and Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik
On 18 January, the European Commission launched a new policy strategy for universities in Europe, along with a proposal to member states, technically known as a ‘Council recommendation’, to deepen transnational higher education cooperation in Europe.
The package is welcome. Besides the potpourri of initiatives, the strategy’s main value lies in helping to shape the discourse about universities at the policy level, giving direction and momentum to transnational collaboration. The EU’s powers in education are limited to supporting measures, while on the research side the Commission has been reluctant to propose legislation, knowing that member states have little appetite for such an intervention.