EUTOPIA receives new funding from European Commission

With this ambitious European partnership, 10 universities - including VUB - are further focusing on cross-border research, education and innovation

Friday, July 29, 2022 — On Thursday 27 July, the European Commission announced the results of the second call for funding of European university partnerships. With the ambitious #EUTOPIA MORE project, EUTOPIA is one of the first consortia to receive this funding. The European support demonstrates that the EUTOPIA alliance, including the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, is succeeding in its ambition to create a European university model that is student-centered and promotes international education, research and impact on society.

Newly elected VUB rector Jan Danckaert: "I am particularly delighted that the EUTOPIA alliance’s project of 10 universities has been selected for the second phase of one of the most profound changes to the higher education landscape in Europe. With this European support, the 10 European partner universities, including VUB, will have the opportunity to anchor the EUTOPIA project and contribute to the reform of higher education in Europe. It’s an important challenge in which our university plays a pioneering role and which will benefit our students, researchers and society at large."

The European Commission’s European Universities Initiative aims to create a European Higher Education Area in which universities work together on education, research and innovation. In 2019, EUTOPIA was among the first 17 alliances to be awarded Erasmus+ funding for the pilot phase of the initiative.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.

The World Needs You

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel assumes its scientific and social responsibility with love and decisiveness. That’s why VUB launched the platform De Wereld Heeft Je Nodig - The World Needs You, which brings together ideas, actions and projects based on six Ps. The first P stands for People , because that’s what it’s all about: giving people equal opportunities, prosperity, welfare, respect. Peace is about fighting injustice, big and small, in the world. Prosperity combats poverty and inequality. Planet stands for actions on biodiversity, climate, air quality, animal rights... With Partnership , VUB is looking for joint actions to make the world a better place. The sixth and last P is for Poincaré , the French philosopher Henri Poincaré, from whom VUB derives its motto that thinking should submit to nothing except the facts themselves. VUB is an ’urban engaged university’, strongly anchored in Brussels and Europe and working according to the principles of free research.­eftjenodig