European Commission announced the results under the pilot call for Erasmus+ project proposals issued in 2018 – European Universities.
Out of 54 applications received, 17 projects were approved, while coordinating higher-education institutions are from France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovenia and Belgium. In total, these projects involve 114 higher-education institutions from 24 EU Member States.
In total, a budget of up to €85 million is available for the first 17 “European Universities”.
European Universities involve partnerships between at least 3 higher education institutions in the Programme Countries, while participation is also open to higher education institutions from Partner Countries. The aim of the programme is to create inclusive associations of higher education institutions that will contribute to the development of joint study programmes, international teams to address common social challenges and to improve student exchange systems that would be integrated into study programs.
In the Calls 2018/2019 and 2019/2020, pilot calls for projects are planned to be implemented. In the next Programme, which will last from 2021 to 2027, European universities are expected to become an established funding scheme.