Université de Rennes 1 takes part in a unique European cross-border and digital University project

Monday 19th of February 2019, Rennes 1, together with five European key partner universities, signed an agreement in Bruxelles to promote a unique innovative project, EDUC (European Digital UniverCity). This project emerges in the frame of the call for proposal “European university”, launched by the Erasmus agency.

David Alis, president of université de Rennes 1, and presidents of the partner universities, Bruxelles (19th February 2019)
  1. Bringing back the Humanist values of Europe to the centre of an educational project
  2. A European university without borders, increasing mobility and internationalization at home

Bringing back the Humanist values of Europe to the centre of an educational project

This project, in the current political context of growing euroscepticism, 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 initiator), Central and oriental Europe with Czech Republic (University of Masaryk), Hungary (University of Pécs), and Mediterranean Europe with the University of Cagliari in Italy.
This new project also follows the line of Rennes 1’s international strategy and values, among which innovation, inclusiveness and strengthening of our historical research and educational partnerships.
 

A European university without borders, increasing mobility and internationalization at home

Universities taking part in EDUC project

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 internationalization 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.