CHARM-EU European University welcomes three new partners

At the CharmEU European University Rectors' Assembly on January 14, 2022, the inclusion of new alliance partners was confirmed. The Åbo Akademi University (Finland), the University of Würzburg (Germany) and the Hochschule Ruhr West will join the project alongside the University of Montpellier and its partners: the University of Barcelona (Spain), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest (Hungary). Their integration is scheduled for 2023.

Thanks to this strategic collaboration, CHARM-EU will strengthen its mission to design and consolidate the university of the future by increasing quality, international competitiveness, diversity and inclusion, and ultimately the attractiveness of the European higher education landscape. Together, the members of CHARM-EU will work towards common goals on the road to a more sustainable and inclusive future. They will have to respond to the major challenges CHARM-EU intends to address: reconciling humanity with the planet, and bringing together the experience of different education systems, particularly in terms of curriculum design, teaching, learning and digital transformation.

The Åbo Akademi and the University of Würzburg share a similar profile with CHARM-EU's founding partners, and also belong to the Coimbra Group. The Hochschule Ruhr West, currently an associate partner, adds further diversity to the CHARM-EU group of higher education institutions and its community. Due to its different profile and size, Hochschule Ruhr West will gradually join and participate in a selective set of CHARM-EU activities.

The three new partnerships will strengthen the alliance's regional, cultural, linguistic, economic and historical perspectives and diversity.

With this expansion, CHARM-EU not only supports the objective of extending and diversifying existing alliances between higher education institutions within the framework of the European Universities Initiative. Alliance members also endorse the two latest European Union initiatives adopted in January 2022: a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation to build bridges for effective cooperation in European higher education.

" Alliances between European universities are leading the way; by mid-2024, the European budget will support up to 60 alliances between European universities with more than 500 universities across Europe," stressed Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Education and Youth, at a press conference dedicated to the subject.

CHARM-EU (Challenge-Driven, Accessible, Research-based and Mobile) is an alliance of European universities, created as part of the Erasmus + program, which aims to co-create a European University in line with European values and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About our new partners

Åbo Akademi University is a multidisciplinary, Swedish-language university in Finland. It contributes to society through general education and new scientific knowledge. With campuses in Turku and Vaasa, Åbo Akademi University offers internationally renowned research and teaching. Thanks to cross-border collaboration, it serves as Finland's gateway to the Nordic countries. Its activities are guided by the values of the university tradition in terms of freedom of research and teaching, as well as ethical responsibility. It strives to promote diversity, inclusion, equality and sustainability.

TheJulius-Maximilians University Würzburg (JMU) is an internationally renowned university with strong roots in Würzburg and the Main / Franconia region. JMU offers a wide range of fields, and its research and teaching activities have led to achievements of worldwide significance. Founded in 1402, JMU is committed to excellence in research and teaching in all branches of science. The university's ten faculties offer more than 100 subjects in the humanities, social and natural sciences, life sciences, medicine and selected engineering fields, preparing its students for their professional integration by closely coordinating their teaching with current research activities. JMU is committed to strengthening interdisciplinary cooperation and studying emerging disciplines at the interface between different branches of science. Working towards sustainable development in all areas, JMU has launched continuous quality improvement processes. JMU's main objective is to acquire knowledge in all scientific disciplines and to share this knowledge with students, research professionals and the general public.

Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences is a public university offering high-quality bachelor's and master's degree programs in computer science, engineering and business administration. All their innovative programs emphasize practicality and real-world applications: they give students the chance to gain hands-on experience by working with one of their many local and regional industry partners. With two brand-new, ultra-modern campuses in the cities of Mülheim an der Ruhr and Bottrop, Ruhr West is located in the heart of Germany's Ruhr region, one of the world's leading industrial areas with a population of around 5.3 million. With over 6,500 students from all over Germany and international students from all over the world, Ruhr West is a regional university with an international outlook.

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