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2019.06.26 17:30

Three Lithuanian universities selected for pilot EU project; inter-university campuses to pool resources

BNS, LRT.lt2019.06.26 17:30

Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology and Klaipėda University have been selected to participate in a pilot project aimed at creating a joint European Education Area, the European Commission said on Wednesday. 

The three Lithuanian universities are among 114 higher education institutions that will be part of the first 17 European Universities alliances, which are set to become inter-university campuses around which students, doctoral candidates, staff and researchers can move seamlessly. 

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said the initiative is "a key building block of the European Education Area, will be a real game changer for higher education in Europe".

They will pool their expertise, platforms and resources to deliver joint curricula or modules covering various disciplines. These curricula will be very flexible and will allow students to personalise their education, choosing what, where and when to study and get a European degree.

A total budget of up to 85 million euros is available for the 17 European Universities. 

"Each alliance will receive up to 5 million euros in the coming three years to start implementing their plans and pave the way for other higher education institutions across the EU to follow," the Commission said in a press release. 

"The initiative is designed to significantly strengthen mobility of students and staff, and foster the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of European higher education," it said.