Rector Bård Mæland emphasizes that this is a milestone that will strengthen the bond between VID and Europe – in both directions.
‘This is a milestone in VID’s history. We are now part of a long-term partnership with universities in Europe that share our commitment to mankind – locally and globally. Together with large broad-based, state-run universities and institutions with a tradition of ecclesiastical-diaconal values, we will place a special focus on young people who fall outside the labour market and education, and who are consequently prevented from joining in the effort to build Europe in a time of geopolitical instability, polarization and growing socio-economic inequalities.
In the 3IN alliance, we will work with and for young people to create study programmes, research initiatives and innovations that ensure ‘no one is left behind’. This ambition links us directly to Agenda 2030 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The collaboration will require effort and prioritization on our part, and will involve our own students and our entire organization. We believe the partnership will enhance VID’s relationship with Europe, as well as strengthen Europe’s links with our challenges in Norway. Consequently, the 3IN alliance will become VID’s gateway to and from Europe, and VID’s profile as a European specialized university will be even more prominent. These efforts will support the extensive global cooperation outside Europe, both now and in the future.
We believe that such a European collaboration will enhance both the quality and relevance of VID’s study programmes and research. Going forward, we will focus on making clear plans for how staff and students at VID will link up with students and staff at the six partner universities, and many have already visited Malaga, Paris, Brasov, Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Helsinki and Braga.
The alliance has signed up to a joint education strategy with links to both research and innovation and a close cooperation with business and society. The aim is to help create a single European arena for higher education, with highly flexible, integrated cross-border study programmes.
The collaboration will facilitate customized study programmes, improve the accessibility of education and exchanges, and promote regional development and competence building. Mobility will encompass both physical and virtual forms.
Application to be a European university
The 3IN alliance has applied to become a European university, with a view to jointly creating a beacon of support for higher education in Europe. The alliance will develop a common long-term strategy for education, strengthen the link between education, research and innovation, and offer degree programmes that combine studies in several countries.
The overall mission is to improve and simplify universal access to education through value-based collaboration, contribute to the development of a common European education arena, and foster a dialogue and interaction with the labour force of tomorrow.
The application to the alliance will be submitted on 25 February, and a response is expected at the end of June/start of July.
A European campus will pave the way for more flexible and customized study programmes, which are based on the needs of society and provide exchange opportunities for all students and staff:
Both students and staff can easily (virtually or physically) switch between the different partners in the alliance in order to study, conduct research, teach or work.
Mobility will be integrated into all study levels (bachelor, master and PhD). This can be virtual, physical or a combination of the two.
New, joint syllabuses will be developed for subjects where this is feasible. These will be based on multidisciplinary approaches and also include innovative teaching methods, including new digital solutions.
Practical experience from employment will be presented to students by external mentors. The aim here is to develop civic engagement and an understanding of the job market that students will be faced with.
The student population will reflect the diversity in society, in relation to social, economic and cultural aspects. How: by offering different forms of more flexible study programmes.
The access to higher education for under-represented and disadvantaged groups will be developed and guaranteed.
European Commission decides where the grants go
At the end of July/start of August, the European Commission will announce which twelve alliances will receive grants. This is the EU’s most ambitious initiative aimed at promoting integration and inclusion through higher education, as well as strengthening the competitiveness of higher education institutions in Europe in a global context.
The partners in the 3IN alliance have therefore agreed that, whatever the outcome of this application process, they will continue their efforts to implement and realize the goals of the strategy in stages.
Background of the European university
The European Universities concept was launched by French President Emmanuel Macron during a speech at the Sorbonne University in September 2017. The initiative is part of the EU’s Erasmus programme, which was established in 1987.
The idea is for the European universities to strengthen the quality and attractiveness of European higher education institutions. Each European University will be part of an alliance of 5–8 universities, and the EU’s goal is to create about 40 such large European universities by 2025.
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