European Universities are transnational alliances that will become the universities of the future, promoting European values and identity, and revolutionising the quality and competitiveness of European higher education. To achieve this objective, the European Commission proposes an unparalleled initiative which requires a cooperation between all types of higher education institutions from all regions in Europe and at all levels of the organisation, across all areas of activity, from teaching and learning to research and innovation. It is one of the flagship initiatives of the EU’s ambitions to build a European Education Area.
European Universities are expected to commit, in cooperation with their national authorities, to work towards relevant policy objectives of the European Education Area, such as multilingualism; automatic recognition of academic qualifications and learning periods abroad provided for by the participating higher education institutions within the alliance; the use of the European Student Card; as well as the Bologna key commitments (quality assurance, recognition, and wherever applicable three-cycle degree). In this respect, the Czech government has guaranteed the supervisory and financial support to European University Alliances and engaged in refocusing the internationalisation support grants towards prioritising this European strategic partnership.
We will equip next generations of students with a new set of competences enabling them to bring value to society. We call this next generation of students Auroreans. Aurora borealis is a beautiful atmospheric disruption visible from many countries. By analogy, Auroreans, are outward looking, able and willing to act as social entrepreneurs and innovators in an international context. The Aurora alliance will change preconceptions about the nature of university education, developing a fundamentally European approach. Our innovative Aurora Institute will facilitate experimentation, mobility and shared expertise, and our ambitious Capacity Development Support Programme will support cohesion and social impact. Through this step-change in collaboration, we will move significantly closer to our long-term Aurora vision of an inclusive and diverse inter-university campus.
Our programme of work will provide mobility, training or capacity-building activities to 5,000 staff, while raising awareness of the role of European universities in addressing societal challenges with all 31,000 of our combined faculty and staff.
More specifically, our Alliance programme will enable three distinct and significant step-changes in our joint work:
The Alliance will change educational practice so that students will be learning for demonstrable and tangible societal impact.
In line with the third mission of universities. Engaging with various communities is crucial to the Aurora Alliance.
We aim to have our institutions become frontrunners in the incorporation of Sustainable Development Goals in their activities.