Unite! – the University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering


Unite! is a network of universities in seven countries that will set a new model for a European virtual and physical inter-university campus. Unite! will transform European higher education through multidisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual education, research and entrepreneurship. Unite! will connect engineering, science and technology with the grand challenges of society in co-creation by students, faculty and staff – providing skills for a new generation of European and global citizens.

This will be achieved through

  • Mobility for all students, extending to new short-term programmes, summer schools and joint programmes.
  • Mobility for all staff, including thematic staff weeks and a teaching staff pilot community that will test innovative ways of teaching.
  • Virtual Campus that includes a platform for digital mobility, virtual spaces and online tools.
  • Teaching and Learning Academy to help professors and educators develop models for flexible study paths and innovative pedagogies.
  • Trans-regional network for open innovation and entrepreneurship that enables sharing of local and regional education, supports services for future entrepreneurs and aims to provide input to regional strategies, e.g., Smart Specialisation.

Vision

Unite! is a University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering, which will

  • EMPOWER students, staff and faculty to become the owners of a new European University concept by encouraging an active participation at all levels in the development of flexible study paths and joint curricula with embedded mobility across Europe and the world.
  • DEVELOP a European University by sharing resources and services in education, research and management, by removing structural barriers and by generating new frameworks for a European degree.
  • PIONEER new concepts of education and research in science, technology and engineering by drawing on innovative transdisciplinary approaches stemming from art, design, architecture, business, social sciences and the humanities.
  • EDUCATE a new generation of European students in science, technology and engineering who actively contribute to the advancement of knowledge, European competitiveness and the development of solutions for societal challenges.
  • EXEMPLIFY the role of a (virtual and physical) European inter-university campus that connects the regional innovation ecosystems of its member universities, makes their boundaries fluid and functions as a platform of open interaction and the free circulation of ideas.

Unite!'s commitment to diversity and inclusion

The Alliance’s Charter on Diversity and Inclusion sets out a set of typical European values in line with the concept of a European University and which applies to all faculty, staff, students, guests and external partners who work and participate in any of Unite!'s various activities. It is a clear expression of the commitment of the Alliance to a climate of mutual respect, preventing and opposing discrimination of any kind.