Geminae Program

Geminae Program - UNITA's partner universities around the world

Taking advantage of increased visibility and attractiveness of European Universities, UNITA aims to create a network of "sister" universities - the Geminae program- which will allow sharing best practices among universities.

This network of "sister" universities, based on the quality of the institutions, will be initially based on the active cooperation between Outside European Union Universities and UNITA’s partners, giving preference to institutions of romance language speaking countries. But Geminae aims to be a growing community of universities that will continuously increase its partners as time goes.

This project aims to cooperate with UNITA’s associate partners: the l’Agence Universitiarie de la Francophone (AUF), the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI) and the Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa (AULP). As these institutions are quite active in roman speaking countries outside Europe, their role will be key in identifying new partners and key cooperation topics.

The objective of the Geminae program is to broaden the exchange of best practices developed by UNITA in all areas, i.e. training, research, innovation and links with society. It will facilitate the mobility of students from these institutions to UNITA, and even encourage students to settle, at least occasionally, in UNITA’s countries and regions. Indeed, some UNITA regions are depopulating, and others need skilled workforce, in sum, all are looking for talented people to develop UNITA’s region economic and social activities, while increasing their competences and enjoying a rural and mountainous quality life.


UNITA will offer an important number of programs and destinations for students who prepare themselves through UNITA’s intercomprehension training. Thanks to these courses, INCOMING and OUTGOING students will move easily across Romance speaking countries as they will be able to communicate in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Rumanian.

Cultural heritage, renewable energies and circular economy represent the key thematic areas of UNITA, they are the link between the past and the future of Romance countries. They are critical areas to support the necessary economic transition for the prosperity of UNITA’s rural and mountainous regions, all while tackling climate change and sustainable development. UNITA expects to cooperate with its Geminae partners in developing research and innovation projects, teaching programs and micro-credentials involving teacher-researchers, in a mutually enriching dynamic.

To finance these partnerships, UNITA and its partners will participate in different calls for projects, such as Erasmus+ capacity building projects or initiatives from the "African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence" (Arise).

Informative flyer


Video | Research at UNITA and its Hubs (Part 1)

Video | Research at UNITA and its Hubs (Part 2)

Video | Research at UNITA and its Hubs (Part 3) - UNITO Doctoral School

Video | Research at UNITA and its Hubs (Part 3) - UPPA Doctoral School

Video | Research at UNITA and its Hubs (Part 3) - USMB Doctoral School

Video | Research at UNITA and its Hubs (Part 3) - UVT Doctoral School

Video | Research at UNITA and its Hubs (Part 3) - UBI PhD Program

Video | Research at UNITA and its Hubs (Part 3) - UNIZAR Doctoral School


Presentation | EU Funding Opportunities (Dr. Martin Penny)

Presentation | PhD Schools (UBI)

Presentation | PhD Schools (UPPA)

Presentation | PhD Schools (USMB)

Presentation | PhD Schools (UVT)

Presentation | PhD Schools (UniTo)

Presentation | PhD Schools (UniZar)


GEMINAE partners meeting – September 12th, 2022 - Barcelona

Presentation Introduction

Presentation Best Practices Award

Workshops summary



Call for applications: 14 PhD positions under joint supervision offered in Cultural Heritage

As part of the UNITA Alliance, and under the coordination of the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, 14 excellent Doctoral Candidates will enrol the CHORAL programme in Cultural Heritage.

CHORAL (Cultural Heritage Outreach in RomAnce Languages) is a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie programme co-funded by the European Union. It is tied to the Cultural Heritage Hub, an international research network within the Unita Alliance, which structures its research ecosystem facing cultural related challenges.

CHORAL aims to train high-quality international researchers and to encourage the development of interdisciplinary, international and inter-sectoral research that addresses any aspect of Cultural Heritage.  

The successful candidates will enrol in PhD programs under joint supervision that will require an international mobility. Choral students will benefit from dedicated events and a tailored doctoral training programme.

Applications are open until March 22nd, 2024 for 14 grants on 25 PhD research topics in 7 universities of the UNITA Alliance (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Università di Torino, Universidad de Zaragoza, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Universidad Pública de Navarra and Universitatea Transilvania din Brașov) for  fully funded  3-years PhDs, starting on fall 2024.

Why undertake a CHORAL PhD?

  • Get high quality training and research guaranteed by the expertise of the UNITA Alliance Research Laboratories within the dedicated Cultural Heritage Hub.
  • Collaborate with partners and international leaders in Cultural Heritage.
  • Enjoy dedicated support: from reception to professional integration.
  • To be a player in the social, economic and cultural transformation of rural and cross-border mountain territories.
  • Benefit from dedicated mobility and travel allowances and research costs support.
  • Graduated with a double degree from 2 different European Universities.

For more details, please contact the choral support office at

Geminae Best Practices Awards

The GEMINAE Best Practices Awards initiative is organized by the UNITA alliance ( and aims to promote, enhance and encourage the exchange of best practices developed by UNITA Geminae university partners all over the world. The focus is on all areas of activity related to higher education and research: teaching, training, research, innovation, mobility, multilingualism, campus, green initiatives, socio-economic outreach and learning. The awards will recognize pioneering practices and initiatives that contribute to more effective and dynamic universities in a more and more globalized and connected higher education system. By showcasing these best practices, the UNITA Alliance wants to inspire others to universities to follow and emulate this initiative, and to create greater public recognition of the Geminae universities’ practices.

The Geminae Best Practices Awards include up to 6 prizes, granted by the UNITA alliance with the Organizing Committee of the biennial Geminae Conference. In this sense, each edition of the Geminae Best Practices Awards will include universities which are selected from a two year period of evaluation.

Final Resolution

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