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26 June 2019

16 French institutions involved in the first 17 “European Universities”

Frédérique Vidal congratulates the French institutions involved in the first 17 “European Universities” and undertakes to continue with the work underway to ensure that some twenty fully integrated universities are inaugurated by 2024, to further enhance the training of European students and promote research excellence at continental level.
 
In October 2018, in response to the speech made by the President of the Republic at the Sorbonne in September 2017, the European Commission launched a first pilot call for projects dedicated to “European Universities”, initially provided with 60 million euros. The European Commission announced that it had received 54 projects, testifying to a wide variety of approaches and involving a total of 114 institutions from 24 European States. In view of the quality of the projects presented, the Commission decided to adopt 17 of them, 14 of which involve 16 French institutions and 6 of which are coordinated by various of these latter. The allocation was consequently increased to 85 million euros.

These “European Universities” aim to achieve unprecedented levels of cooperation between Europe's higher education institutions, at all levels of organisation and in all areas of activity (training, research and innovation). By doing so, they should contribute to a stronger and more united Europe, open to the world, proud of its common values and bringing together a new generation of Europeans, able to cooperate with different cultures, in different languages, and reach beyond borders and disciplines. They will also enable significant reinforcement of European higher educations institutions' quality, performance, attractiveness and international competitiveness.

Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, applauds the remarkable success of this initial pilot call and the enthusiasm shown by so many French institutions in committing themselves to the initiative alongside their European partners. She congratulates the 16 French institutions that are coordinating or participating in the selected projects. France has become one of the main contributors to this new tool for European construction. These projects for alliances between institutions in at least three European countries will commence their activities at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year, and will each be funded to the tune of 5 million euros over 3 years. Frédérique Vidal emphasises the determination expressed by all institutions to continue with development of the cooperation they have initiated with a view to creating alliances.

The Minister stated that, in collaboration with the Secretariat-General for Investment, French institutions participating in the selected projects, along with those involved in alliances that the Commission has evaluated as being among the most promising, will be provided with financial support, following the budget of 100 million euros disbursed in the context of the third phase of the Investment for the Future Programme (PIA 3). State support will also aim to ensure successful achievement of the activities implemented by the alliances.

Finally, the Minister undertakes to continue to collaborate with her partners and the European Commission on work on upcoming calls for projects, in particular in the context of the next budget, to ensure that some twenty fully integrated universities are inaugurated by 2024, to further enhance the training and professional integration of European students and promote research excellence at continental level.