EUTOPIA €5m Erasmus+ grant expands IES international collaboration options

The EUTOPIA alliance of six European universities, one of which is Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), has been chosen by the European Commission as one of the seventeen pilot projects for developing a ‘European university’, thereby  receiving a 5 million EUR grant from the Erasmus+ ‘European Universities’ programme.

EUTOPIA unites over 165,000 students and 30,000 members of staff in six countries, with 90,000 international alumni associated with its member universities. Together, the EUTOPIA universities have research centres in 760 areas of knowledge. It is comprised of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Gothenburg, l’Université Paris Seine, the Pompeu Fabra University – Barcelona, the University of Warwick, and is led by the University of Ljubljana.

The award will boost EUTOPIA’s mission of working as a network of European campuses, through collaborative research, increased mobility of students, academics and staff, and shared innovations that serve the wider public in regional communities. One of the concrete consequences for the Institute for European Studies is the creation of a joint Master’s degree between University of Warwick’s Department of Politics and International studies (PAIS) and the IES in ‘International Studies and European Integration’, which will launch in 2019. It will also allow our Institute to further step up its international collaboration as part of this new formal European Universities network.

For any questions about EUTOPIA, please contact IES Research Professor Luk Van Langenhove, who will act as Academic Lead for VUB in this project.

European Commission press release

VUB news release