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Mobility and expansion keywords at EUTOPIA Week in Barcelona


The EUTOPIA week, hosted by Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, has come to an end with monumental structural progress and many personal connections having been made.

Among the most important events of the week was the signing of the mobility agreement by the alliance’s six founding universities: Pompeu Fabra University, CY Cergy Paris University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Gothenburg, University of Warwick and Univerza v Ljubljani.

The signing of the mobility agreement

The agreement intends to break the boundaries within traditional student exchanges and fill the gap between what is currently possible in the Erasmus+ mobility programmes and the European Universities Initiative.

The signed document, which has an initial duration of five years beginning in 2022, will allow up to 100 undergraduate students from each university to spend periods in other universities in the alliance every year. The agreement also allows each university to send up to 10 members of its teaching, research, and administrative staff to spend training periods or teaching internships at one of the universities of the alliance.

The alliance expands

In addition to signing the mobility agreement, the official membership of Babeș-Bolyai University (UBB) in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) was signed, which makes UBB the tenth of the EUTOPIA alliance.

Eva Wiberg, vice-chancellor of the University of Gothenburg and EUTOPIA chair, welcomed the new university and said that “it is significant for us to expand the alliance towards eastern Europe, thus integrating a much wider universe of Europe’s characteristic diversity and its cultures”. She also stressed that “with the entry of Babeș-Bolyai University, our alliance has now been completed and all ten of our members complement each other perfectly”.

The meta-university of EUTOPIA is now present in 10 countries and unites ten universities and cities. Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris, Brussels, Gothenburg, Venice, Dresden, Ljubljana, Warwick and Cluj-Napoca. In total more than 300,000 students, 45,000 researchers and administrators, 1,000 research groups and tens of thousands of alumni, as well as hundreds of collaborating institutions and companies. Thus, the alliance strengthens its scale of exchange, collaborations and mobility.

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