Innsbruck as a European Universities hub
The City of Innsbruck is proud to host two pioneer initiatives of the European Commission: Universität Innsbruck and MCI - Management Center Innsbruck each became member of a European Universities Alliance recently. These are university alliances whose aim is to implement innovative projects in teaching, research, innovation and administration all across Europe. The current decision was preceded by a tough competition, in which 24 of the 62 alliances succeeded.
Group Photo: MCI Rector Andreas Altmann, Innsbruck Mayor Georg Willi and Universität Innsbruck Rector Tilmann Märk on the bridge across the river Inn, where the flags of the two alliances of Universität Innsbruck and MCI are flying. (Credit: MCI/Kiechl)
The European Commission is funding 41 university alliances with a total of almost 290 million euros as part of the overall European Universities project. In a first phase, 17 alliances were selected and in 2020, in a second phase, another 24 were added, two of them with Innsbruck participation. A total of 62 alliances applied for this second call, which must consist of at least three universities from different European countries. The initiative, which goes back to a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron, aims to deepen transnational cooperation between universities in the spirit of the European idea and, in particular, to increase the mobility of students, scientists and staff. Each of these alliances has defined corresponding focal points. Joint studies and research projects are only the first step. In addition, the respective universities will also harmonize their administrative structures, reduce bureaucratic hurdles and thus enable the students and employees within the alliances to work together to the greatest possible extent. In the future, students will not only be students at their home university, but students of the respective alliance and will have a common student ID card. What all alliances have in common is that they unite universities and colleges from all regions of Europe and thus represent an ideal model for future academic cooperation in a common Europe.
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