UNITE!, the UPC’s bid for a benchmark European technological university

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The UNITE! consortium partners' photo, at the last meeting of the project that took place at the Politecnico di Tornio

The UPC and six European partners (the Instituto Superior Técnico, the Grenoble Institute of Technology, the Politecnico di Torino, TU Darmstadt, the Royal Institute of Technology and Aalto University) have submitted a proposal called UNITE! in the European Universities Initiative call by the European Commission.

Mar 14, 2019

The European Universities Initiative is a strategic project of the European Commission to promote university alliances for the development of innovative teaching projects related to research and knowledge transfer that add value to students’ education. The projects, which are the product of collaboration among the consortia’s partners, may act as benchmarks and serve to attract talent from around the world. In this year’s call, 60 million euros are available to fund 12 networks in a pilot study. The highly competitive nature of the call will confer prestige on the consortia selected, which are to be announced next July.

The proposal by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and six other prestigious European universities (the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal; the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France; the Politecnico di Torino in Italy; the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany; the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden; and Aalto University in Finland) aims to create an alliance that acts as a benchmark technological university and that can attract talent from beyond the European continent. The consortium seeks to promote multidisciplinary training that has a strong ethical component and is based on European values, in order to produce multilingual, socially responsible, innovative and entrepreneurial graduates.

The proposal is based on innovative and flexible teaching models that can be adapted to different types of students, in an international context in which mobility has a key role to play. It also stands out for its connection with research and knowledge transfer to businesses. It will certainly involve new opportunities for personal and professional development for the entire university community.