VID has joined a value-based European university alliance whose purpose is to promote integration and social inclusion in society. The alliance has been given the name of ‘European University Alliance for Integration, Inclusion and Involvement (3IN)’.
On 28 February 2019, the alliance submitted an application to the EU Commission, requesting to be included in the pilot stage of the European university of the future: the project type ‘European Universities’ under the Erasmus + programme.
Led by DIAK
This work has been led by VID’s strategic collaboration partner DIAK – Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. DIAK and VID have collaborated in various contexts at the Nordic level and in international capacity-building projects since the early 2000s.
The alliance also includes the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS, Germany), the University of Málaga (Spain), the University of Transylvania, Brasov (Romania) and ISAVE Polytechnic Higher Education Institute (Portugal).
A shared educational strategy
The alliance has committed itself to a shared educational strategy with linkages to both research and innovation and to close collaboration with business and society. Its goal is to help establish a single European area for higher education, with highly flexible and integrated cross-border study programmes.
This collaboration will facilitate customised study programmes, improve the accessibility of training and exchange and help promote regional development and capacity-building. Mobility will include both physical and virtual forms.
Pilot stage until 2022
At the pilot stage, which will last until 2022, the work will include development of models and plans for realisation of this idea, while trials of some shared programmes and courses, digital solutions and curricula will be undertaken in parallel.
The plan is to start with selected disciplines, including health and social studies, to be followed by the steady integration of new disciplines into the ‘European University’ concept. For example, all the institutions have overlapping areas of study, research and training linked to social work, inclusion, migration, citizenship, social innovation and local community development.
The EU Commission decides on grants
At the end of July/beginning of August, the EU Commission will announce the names of the twelve successful alliances. This is the most ambitious step the EU has taken to promote integration and inclusion through higher education and to strengthen the competitiveness of European higher education institutions in a global context.
The partners in the 3IN alliance have therefore agreed that irrespective of the outcome of this application process, they will continue their efforts to achieve the goals and gradually implement the strategy.
Published by Ingunn Moser. Date: 6. March 2019.