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Call: Pilot institutionalised EU cooperation instruments to explore the feasibility for a possible European legal status for alliances of higher education institutions

Call

Publication date
June 15, 2022
Deadline
October 6, 2022
Short description

Objectives

The general objective of this call for proposals is to test and explore deeper transnational cooperation instruments to further develop a genuinely European dimension in the higher education sector, built on shared values, as mentioned in the European strategy for universities presented by the Commission on 18 January 2022 and as confirmed in the Council Conclusions on a European strategy empowering higher education institutions for the future of Europe and the Council recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, adopted on 5 April 2022.

The specific objective of this topic is to examine, test and facilitate the use of existing institutionalised cooperation instruments at European level, such as a possible legal status for alliances of higher education institutions - for example ‘European Universities’, with the objective of facilitating deeper, long-term and flexible transnational cooperation. The aim is to give alliances, on a voluntary basis, the latitude to act together, make common strategic decisions, experiment joint recruitment, design joint curricula or pool resources and human, technical, data, education, research and innovation capacities.

This includes:

  • Exploring at the level of the alliance how an existing institutionalised cooperation EU instrument, such as a possible legal status for alliances of higher education institutions at European level can provide solutions to the obstacles encountered with regard to the deeper cooperation that the alliances are pursuing. The objective is to test the implementation of existing EU instruments - such as the European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) or the European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) - based on a needs assessment of the alliance and taking into account where relevant the regulatory regional/national frameworks to which the individual higher education institutions part of the alliance need to adhere to;
  • Where appropriate, elaborating a proposal for improvement of the existing institutionalised cooperation EU instruments or key elements for the design of a new EU level instrument.

Scope

Higher education alliances could benefit, on a voluntary basis, from institutionalised cooperation instruments, such as a possible legal status for alliances of higher education institutions, for example ‘European Universities’, that enable them to share human, technical, data, education, research and innovation capacities, where appropriate. This call will allow them to test, on a voluntary basis, existing European instruments, such as the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) or the European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG).

Expected impact

The proposed pilot projects could lead to significant results and impacts in terms of:

  • Improved knowledge and evidence base in the field of institutionalisedcooperation EU instruments, such as a possible legal status for alliances of higher education institutions at European level, such as ‘European Universities’, with potentially high systemic impact in the higher education ecosystem;
  • Demonstrated European added value by identifying and sharing good practices and lessons on how to implement institutionalised cooperation EU instruments, such as a possible legal status for alliances of higher education institutions from multiple countries;
  • Ensured scalability by proposing recommendations for improvement of the existing institutionalised cooperation EU instruments available or key elements for the design of a new institutionalised cooperation instrument such as a possible legal status for alliances of higher education institutions at European level and involving where relevant a wide range of actors.
Type
  • ERASMUS+
Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • International; Other
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Serbia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Social Sciences

Entry created by Admin WBC-RTI.info on July 27, 2022
Modified on July 27, 2022

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