The University of Turku and six other universities form the European Campus of City-Universities, EC2U Alliance. The objective of the co-operation is to create a pan-European campus with a new model of quality education. The aim is that the co-operation produces synergy benefits for education, research and innovation.
The EC2U Alliance was established in 2017. The Alliance consists of
- Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
- University of Coimbra, Portugal
- Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
- University of Pavia, Italy
- University of Poitiers, France
- University of Salamanca, Spain
- University of Turku, Finland
The Alliance is coordinated by the University of Poitiers.
The objective of the University of Turku is to develop learning environments and plan events that are focused on science and culture and promote sustainability. In the latter, the aim is to benefit, for example, from the Science Battle concept. In addition, the goal is to distribute the My mobile tutor app developed by students of the University of Turku to all of the seven universities.
The common objective of the Alliance is to create innovative forms of collaboration and seamless mobility between the seven universities and cities, also virtually. One of the collaborative measures is the development of the joint Master’s degree programmes. The European Campus of City-Universities Alliance is based on the collaboration between cities and universities.
The Alliance involves circa 160,000 students and 20,000 members of staff.
The operation has been partly funded by the Erasmus+ and Horizon2020 Programmes of the EU.
The European Universities Initiative is a central part of the work towards delivering a European Education Area by 2025. Behind the Initiative is the 2017 Gothenburg summit, where EU leaders decided that circa 20 European Universities are to be established by 2024. The European Universities are ambitious transnational alliances of higher education institutions developing long-term structural and strategic co-operation. The shared objective of the alliances is to promote common European values and thus strengthen European civil society as well as a common Europe.
The EC2U Alliance was chosen as one of the European Universities in 2020.
The objective of the European Universities within the Erasmus+ Programme is to promote knowledge economy, employment and welfare in Europe. The work towards this objective includes enhancing mobility of students and staff as well as strengthening the link between teaching, research and innovation.