University of Bremen helps build a European University
The University of Bremen is joining forces with seven other universities from as many different European countries. Together they form the YUFE alliance (Young Universities for the Future of Europe).
At the end of 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his plans to create a new Europe. Part of his plans was the creation of twenty cross-border European universities, which will issue “European” diplomas from 2024 onwards. The European Commission followed Macron’s lead and created the European Universities Initiative (EUI). Until 28 February, alliances of European universities could submit collaborative projects. Twelve alliances receive financing from Europe for a period of three years. Wanting to become one of the first models for a European University, the YUFE alliance submitted its proposal on 28 February.
Concerning research and education, the University of Bremen has always been looking beyond national boundaries. Hence, the university seizes this opportunity and joins the YUFE alliance, together with seven other universities: Maastricht University, the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Carlos III Madrid, the University of Antwerp, the University of Essex, and the University of Cyprus. In addition, the alliance has six associate partners: the University of Rijeka, the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torún, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME, Kiron Open Higher Education for Refugees and the Adecco Group. „With YUFE, we are giving the mobility of students and university staff in Europe a completely new quality,“ explains President Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter.
Stronger European feeling
The alliance wants to make a difference on several levels. For example, YUFE students will learn not only in the auditorium, but also during work experiences and through social action. „We have tried to think of a new quality of studying: problem-oriented, up-to-date in research, multilingual, mobile“, says Professor Eva-Maria Feichtner, Vice President International and Diversity. „We want to incorporate this new quality in the daily work of all YUFE-Universities employees: for the scientist, the librarian, the lecturer, the doctoral student, the technician, the strategist.
If YUFE’s bid is selected, the project will be implemented from September 2019 onwards. YUFE students and staff will then have the opportunity to study or work at one of the affiliated universities.
Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner
Konrektorin für Internationalität und Diversität
Tel.: +49 421 218-60040