« European Universities » : Université de Rennes 1 selected with EDUC project

EDUC (European Digital UniverCity) project has been selected on June 26th by the European Commission, to be one of the first European Universities. It is carried out by the coordinator University of Potsdam (Germany), with Université de Rennes 1, Université Paris-Nanterre, Masaryk university (Czech Republic), University of Cagliari (Italy), and University of Pécs (Hungary).

Map of EDUC partners
  1. EDUC (European Digital UniverCity) selected among 54 applications in the frame of « European Universities » call for project
  2. Increasing mobility and internationalisation at home

EDUC (European Digital UniverCity) selected among 54 applications in the frame of « European Universities » call for project

« European Universities » call for project had been launched in october 2018 in order to foster collaboration between existing European universities, on every aspects of Higher education, such as student, teacher and staff mobility, training, research and innovation. Creating these new transnational networks aims also to enhance a common strategy and promote european values.
 
This achievement is a result of an intensive selection, that has been carried out by 26 independent external experts appointed by the European commission. The 54 applications received by the commission involved 114 higher education institutions from 24 member states.
 
All together, the first 17 « European Universities » will receive up to €85 million from the Commission’s funds. EDUC, as each of the selected alliance, will receive up to €5 million in the next three years, in order to implement the plans of this pioneer project.
 
EDUC  (European Digital UniverCity) aims to put back to the centre some key and historical values of Europe, among which knowledge exchange, cultural and linguistic diversity, creating a new community of teaching that includes different cultural areas in Europe : Western Europe with France (Université de Rennes 1 and Université de Nanterre) and Germany (University of Potsdam, also project coordinator), Central and oriental Europe with Czech Republic (University of Masaryk), Hungary (University of Pécs), and Mediterranean Europe with Italy (University of Cagliari).

Increasing mobility and internationalisation at home

The direct outcome of the concept of European Digital UniverCity is the possibility for students from the partner institutions to move more easily from their home university to another,-potential obstacles such as administrative formalities being erased, and also to benefit from transdisciplinary courses dispensed by teachers from various members universities, which can be done via physical mobility but also via internationalisation at home, enabled by inviting professors, or by digital tools allowing online courses or virtual classrooms. Klaxoon, digital start-up located in Rennes, has been associated to the EDUC project.
 
Such a campus will create a real diversification of the mobility types, from short term internships to courses online, the student, whatever his social or cultural background, will have the opportunity to tailor his own educational programme, and have access to the benefits of European learning exchanges and good practices. Linguistic diversity is also at the heart of the project, every student will have the possibility to follow courses online in one of the languages spoken on the campuses: German, Hungarian, French, Czech, Italian and English.
 
In total, EDUC alliance will constitute a transnational campus involving 160 000 students, as well as the creation of joint degrees and curricula between the all six partners.