European Commission approves the continuity of UNITA

UNITA   03 of july of 2023

The European alliance UNITA is granted funds for four years, contributing to the strategy of reconfiguration of higher education in the European Union.


UNITA's - Universitas Montium's Alliance continuity is assured until 2027 following the approval of the proposal sent by the Alliance to the European Commission (EC). The Alliance, made up by twelve Higher Education institutions from seven countries, will thus remain an important player within the "European Universities" initiative and contribute to revolutionising the quality and competitiveness of European Higher Education.

The EC has evaluated the first three years of work as highly meritorious, including the enlargement of the Alliance to include five new members. A financial support of 14.4 million euros has been granted to UNITA's Consolidation Phase, the maximum funding offered by the Commission, a decisive step to support the strategy of boosting the quality of Higher Education in the European Union (EU). The EU strategy aims to increase the competitiveness of the Higher Education of its countries, deepening the cooperation between the institutions through an inclusive mobility of students, teaching and non-teaching staff. Other goals include sharing physical resources, courses, expertise, data and infrastructure.

Created in 2020, the consortium had as founding members the University of Beira Interior (Portugal), the University of Zaragoza (Spain), the University of Torino (Italy), the University of Pau et des Pays de L'Adour and the University of Savoie Mont Blanc (France) and the University of Vest din Timisoara (Romania). In September 2021, UNITA was enlarged with four institutions, that now will become full partners: the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (Portugal), Brescia University (Italy), the Public University of Navarra (Spain) and the Transylvania University of Brasov (Romania). The HES-SO Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale (Switzerland) and the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University (Ukraine) are joining this 10-member consortium as associated partners.

In the evaluation report of the first 18 months of the pilot phase, the Erasmus+ Agency considered that UNITA was "clearly on its way to becoming a fully developed European University".

UNITA is made up of institutions located in mountain areas, close to the borders of their countries and where Romance Languages are spoken. In addition to the development of their territories and the goal to increase the use of Latin languages in the scientific context, it aims to work on the development of sustainability and the circular economy.


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