European Commission launched 10 pilot projects on European degrees

On 31 January, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel launched 10 Erasmus+ projects funded to test new forms of transnational cooperation between higher education institutions, as outlined in the European Strategy for Universities released in early 2022.

Six of these projects aim to test and facilitate issuing a unified common European degree label, a certificate for students who have graduated from joint programs of higher education institutions, set according to European criteria.

The other four projects will enable alliances such as ‘European Universities to initiate new forms of cooperation, including a possible European legal status for these alliances.

Full details of the 10 projects are available here.

The following European Universities Initiative alliances are participating: 4EU+, Arqus, CHARM-EU, CIVIS, EC2U, ECIU, EELISA, ENHANCE, ENLIGHT, EPICUR, EU-CONEXUS, EUt+, EUTOPIA, Film-EU, NEUROTECH EU, SEA-EU, UNA Europa, UNITA, Unite! and YUFE.

“Higher education institutions from 21 European Universities alliances are participating in exploring the joint European degree label. Higher education institutions from three European Universities alliances (ECIU, EUt+, UNITA) will explore a possible European legal status for their alliance, on top of UniGR [Université de la Grande Région],” according to a European Commission press release.