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EPICUR, the European University Alliance

EPICUR, the European University Alliance, is belonging to the first generation of European Alliances  to pilot a new way of intensifying collaboration among Higher Education institutions through the creation of a European University.

EPICUR Education (Erasmus+)

Since November 2019, the teams in the 9 universities of the alliance are working together to test and experiment different approaches to make this vision a reality such as through multilingualism and safeguarding and strengthening European linguistic diversity, through student-centred learning and collaborative teaching formats inspired by a Liberal Arts and Science approach, through service-learning and research based internships closely connected to our regional eco-systems, and through imagining and facilitating new forms of mobility (physical, virtual, blended) available within an EPICUR inter-university campus. 

. The EPICUR alliance is made up of 9 partners of higher education in Europe:

The first three years of the project correspond to a pilot phase in the long-term process of creating the European University fully integrated with partner universities. The project consists of six action programmes, each led by a university member of the alliance:

  • Project management, steering the alliance (Strasbourg);
  • Promote multilingualism and inclusive governance (Amsterdam);
  • Implement innovative methods of learning and teaching for the European citizens of tomorrow (Freiburg);
  • Open the way to an interuniversity campus, using a student and staff-centered approach (Aristotle U-Thessaloniki);
  • Strengthen and connect regions through a European university: development within and between European regions (KIT);
  • Dissemination and sharing of good practices, sustainable cooperation (Strasbourg).

The digital transformation of teaching formats and the development of student mobility are also priorities: the challenge is to develop a new educational approach based on the concept of inclusive excellence. By 2025, the new generation should be able to master at least two foreign languages. Multilingualism and inclusion should consolidate European linguistic diversity while ensuring access for all to university studies.

EPICUR Research (Horizon 2020)

Funded in the framework of Horizon 2020 in the programme line “Science with and for Society” [SwafS], EPICUR Research  develops a common research agenda for all partner universities to improve and strengthen the interaction between science and society.

EPICUR Research  empower Early Career Researchers (ECR´s) by initiating bottom-up collaborative processes and building new EPICUR networks for researchers in all their career stages, thereby forming a new kind of research community that crosses over disciplinary borders and opens universities to their communities.

Coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE) “KIT” with seven EPICUR partner universities:

◆ University of Strasbourg (FR) “Unistra”
◆ Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan (PL) “AMU”
◆ Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR) “AUTh”
◆ University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (AT) “BOKU” 
◆ University of Haute-Alsace (FR) “UHA”
◆ University of Freiburg (DE) “UFR”
◆ University of Amsterdam (NL) “UvA”

Challenge-based Research

EPICUR aims to develop solutions to societal problems that incorporate the expertise and knowledge of individuals and institutions from diverse sectors of society. Convinced that international collaboration fosters scientific and societal progress, EPICUR is developing a joint research agenda with an inter- and transdisciplinary approach to tackle pressing research questions, so-called EPIChallenges. Inspired by the “Six Transformations to achieve the SDGs” as well as by the Green Deal, “Missions of Horizon Europe”, and the EU Skills Agenda, EPICUR has set three EPIChallenges to start with: Sustainability research (including Climate Change and Energy); Mobility, Migration & Identity; Transition of Public Health. It is the hope of EPICUR Research that by offering these spaces, the alliance invites young researchers to explore new collaborations that bring together the diversity of expertise and perspectives required to face the challenges posed by such global phenomena as climate change, pandemics, and forced migration.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation and ERASMUS+ programme.

However, the European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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