UNITA

The name UNITA – almost the same as Italian unità (unity) – evokes the strong links and commonalities that bring us together to create a groundbreaking and innovative alliance aiming at a closer integration.

The subtitle Universitas Montium, written in Latin, stresses that UNITA universities all speak Romance languages and are committed to fostering linguistic diversity and to the development of rural and cross-border mountain areas. 

 Spanish version | French version | Italian Vesion

Who we are

We are an alliance of six comprehensive research universities from five countries with different sizes and trajectories gathering together more than 160 000 students and 13 000 staff members. From west to east: Universidade de Beira Interior, Universidad de Zaragoza, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Università di Torino, and Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara.

We are based on a solid background of experience in strategic university networks and joint research, as well as in educational and innovation projects. We share a firm willingness to cooperate on the basis of mutual trust in a transformational project aiming at establishing a new model of increasingly collaborative and integrated teaching, research and innovation through enhanced mobility and with strong links to our ecosystems.

UNITA is not only composed of Universities, but also of relevant actors in each regional ecosystem represented by the socio-economic sector, public authorities, policy-makers and civil organizations

What brings us together

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Besides sharing the commitment to contribute to the development of our societies and territories in a European dimension, we also have in common three constitutive key features:

  • we are located in rural and cross-border mountain regions across southern, central and eastern Europe: Serra da Estrela (Beira Interior), the Pyrenees (Pau and Zaragoza), the Alps (Savoie Mont Blanc and Torino), and the Banat Mountains (Timisoara), i.e. in ecosystems sharing similar challenges;
  • we intend to actively use Romance languages in addition to English, thus enhancing linguistic diversity and promoting inclusion;
  • we share innovative educational and research areas, especially in the fields of Renewable energies, Cultural heritage, and the Circular economy, in particular the Bioeconomy, which yield a considerable propagative impact, both in terms of the sustainability of the ecosystems and in terms of employability for students and citizens.

The choice of these three areas matches several areas of the Smart Specialization Strategies developed by our Regions, thus contributing to reinforcing the synergies between universities and local actors in terms of financial support from the EU and the provision of graduates.

Our values, vision and mission

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Values

The UNITA partners are strongly committed to sharing and implementing common values for an innovative, European and future-oriented university:

Social responsibility:

Foster collective awareness of commitment to social well-being in its different dimensions (social, environmental, cultural);

 

Democratic Participation:

Creating a participative European university by promoting student and staff involvement;

 

Sustainability:

Use technical knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on protecting and improving the environment around us;

 

Inclusiveness:

Promote the interaction of diverse peoples with a view to making society more just, more balanced, more equal and inclusive;

 

Personal Development:

Promote the search for knowledge as a way of improving social well-being and strengthening the individual's understanding, crossing geographical boundaries;

 

European University:

Creating a participative, open, inclusive and effective European university, contributing to strengthening a European Identity.


Vision

The UNITA Alliance intends to build a fully-fledged European inter-university campus based on excellent teaching and learning, research and innovation, and on civic engagement. Its goal is to drive excellence in the European Higher Education area and become attractive also for students from other continents, especially Africa and the Americas, with whom we share common languages.

UNITA students will experience a challenging multilingual and student-centred environment, closely linked to research and entrepreneurship. They will be able to build flexible personalized curricula across the universities of the Alliance based on increased mobility, physical, blended and virtual, thanks to new tools and new digital spaces, and to the development of micro-credentials on inter-comprehension methods, especially among Romance languages.

This European University, committed to being open, inclusive and effective, will be developed through a step-by-step approach, involving students and staff in the project via participative governance, with a long-term vision leading to closer integration based on sustainability and aiming to become a model.

The Alliance is firmly committed to supporting the development of the societies and territories in which it is established, and particularly of those somewhat peripheral areas such as rural and cross-border mountain regions.

UNITA aims to respond to societal challenges and empower its students and staff to act as European and global citizens strongly committed to the UN sustainable development goals and the European Green Deal, and aware of cultural and linguistic diversity, and of the challenges facing rural and mountain territories.


Mission

Our shared vision and values drive us to pursue these key objectives:

  1. Creating a participative, open, inclusive and effective European university.
  1. Developing excellent research-driven and student-centred education.
  1. Promoting multilingualism and the diversity of languages in Europe.
  1. Reducing inequalities between core and non-central regions through the sustainable development of rural and mountain areas.
  1. Creating an inspiring learning environment.
  1. Reaching Mobility 4 all.
  1. Contributing to strengthening a European Identity.
  1. Ensuring the continuity and uptake of the UNITA approach.

 

 

Why UNITA?

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  • Excellence in teaching and learning strongly committed to our rural and cross-border mountain territories
  • Multilingualism promoting Romance languages and Inter-comprehension as inclusive instruments
  • Sustainability: Research and innovation in Renewable energies, Cultural heritage, Circular economy, in particular Bioeconomy, to strengthen our rural communities
  • European citizenship awareness of the challenges of climate change and of the importance of diversity in our common cultural heritage
  • Participation: student and staff involvement for responsible institutions fostering personal development

Associated Partners

International organizations:

National Organizations:

Local Authorities:

 

Universities:

 

University Associated partners:

 


Representatives of the socio-economic world:

 

Best Practices

Universities live in a competitive and challenging environment and have to improve their quality to attract students while tackling with the demands of their societies. UNITA was born to serve its students and regions with this objective it aims to collect best practices in teaching and research but also those related with strengthening the links with the societies they pertain to.

Best Practice 01 | Rural Mobility

Best Practice 02 | Intercomprehension

 

Repository

UNITA Mission Statement in Romanian

UNITA Mission Statement in English

 

Global Report - 1st Year (nov. 2020 - nov. 2021)

Manifesto for the future of universities in Europe


 

WP3
D3.1
D37
State of the art on intercomprehension
UNITO
Report
Public
31 Jan 2021
WP3
D3.2
D38
Report on the evaluation of existing training programs on IC
UNITO
Report
Public
31 Mar 2021
WP8
D8.5
D96
UNITA visual identity
UBI
Report
Public
30 Apr 2021
WP8
D8.7
D98
Contents to press and UNITA Channels
UBI
Report
Public
30 Apr 2021
WP3
D3.6
D42
Inter-comprehension competence framework
UNITO
Report
Public
30 Jun 2021
WP8
D8.1
D92
Report on EU and international regulations on the organization and status of multiverse universities
UBI
Report
Public
31 Jul 2021
WP8
D8.6
D97
Communication Plan
UBI
Report
Public
31 Jul 2021
WP2
D2.9
D35
Report on benchmarking quality assurance approaches
USMB
Report
Public
30 Sep 2021
WP2
D2.1
D27
Online matrix
USMB
Report
Public
31 Oct 2021
WP2
D2.2
D28
Network of the Hubs of success
USMB
Report
Public
31 Oct 2021
WP2
D2.6
D32
Report of the workshop on student-centred pedagogies
USMB
Report
Public
31 Oct 2021
WP4
D4.2
D51
An operational model for the R&I Hubs (including Action Groups)
UPPA
Websites, patents filing, etc.
Public
30 Nov 2021
WP5
D5.1
D60
Services for UNITA Campus
UVT
Report
Public
31 Dec 2021
WP2
D2.7
 D33
Report of the staff week on digital learning
USMB
Report
Public
21 Mar 2022
WP5
D5.2
 
D61
UNITA common collaborative digital platform
UVT
 Other
Public
30 Apr 2022
WP5
D5.9
 
D68
The guides and tutorials for a better integration and  adaptation to academic life
UVT
 
Report
Public
30 Apr 2022
WP7
D7.4
 
Publication of the Synthesis of the contest ideas
UNIZAR
 
Public
6 May 2022
WP5
D5.3
 
UNITA Mobile application
UVT
 
Public
30 June 2022
WP2
D2.10
 
Templates for survey of students' evaluation of teaching and courses
USMB
 
Public
30 September 2022
WP4
D4.3
 
A strategic five-year R I plan in the three thematic areas
UPPA
 
Public
31 October 2022
WP6
D6.9
 
Framework of skills developed during the UNITA mobilities
USMB
 
Public
31 October 2022

 


UNITA Universitas Montium Prizes for Bachelors and Masters degree dissertations


UBI Winner

MASTER Prize : 

 

UPPA Winners

BACHELOR Prize:

  • Title: "La fracture Nord-Sud dans l'UEM"
    Author: Tom Tahitoa Eckenschwiller
    The work is on differences in the Economic and Monetary Union and identifies north/south discrepancy in the organization / functioning of eurozone.  


MASTER Prize: 

UVT Winners

BACHELOR Prize: 

  • Title: THE INFLUENCE OF THE ERASMUS + PROGRAM ON EUROPEAN IDENTITY
    Author: Safta Andrada-Maria, Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication Sciences, study program: International Relations and European Studies
    Paper summary: `One of the main aims of the paper is to provide a description of the common foundations and spheres that lead to a European identity so that the results of the research provide answers to questions such as Participation in the Erasmus + program contributes to the development of a European identity? If so, what aspects of European identity are enhanced by involvement in this program? The aim of the paper was also to investigate one of the main objectives of the Erasmus + program, as the European Commission states in its numerous reports, one of which referred to the "Mid-Term Evaluation of the Erasmus + Program (2014-2020)", namely, to encourage a sense of European identity and citizenship among its participants. `

MASTER Prize: 

  • Title: DISPARITIES AT EUROPEAN LEVEL ON DECISION-MAKING IN THE FIELD OF E-HEALTH ADOPTION
    Author:Țăran AlexandraFaculty of Economics and Business Administration, study program: Taxation and Tax Consultancy
    Acknowledgment: The Master's Research was published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health in July 2021. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.728287
    Paper summary: `The paper comprises both a theoretical and a practical approach to the adoption of e-health in European countries. Thus, in the first part of the paper, we made a bibliometric analysis that can be considered a starting point in future research on the adoption and implementation of e-health, resulting in a bibliometric mapping of major countries, authors, institutions, and keywords used in the field our research period, the analysis period between the years 2000-2020. Such an analysis has been applied because of the existence of vast and complex literature on e-health. The second part of the research, dedicated exclusively to empirical analysis, highlights the purpose of the analysis and the implications of applying the relative distances method, a method that allows combining different criteria to obtain the hierarchy of countries analyzed from the perspective of e-health adoption`.

 

UNITO Winner

MASTER Prize: 

 

UNIZA Winner

BACHELOR Prize:

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