In 2017, Sorbonne University joined forces with Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Heidelberg (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland) universities to create 4EU, a European University.
With the arrival of the universities of Milan (Italy) and Copenhagen (Denmark), an expanded alliance of six institutions, 4EU+ Alliance was established.
The creation of the 4EU+ Alliance lays the foundation for an innovative European university model, designed to promote the free movement of people, ideas and practices. It builds on existing bilateral and multilateral collaborations. Since the creation of the Alliance, strong commitments on the part of administrative, management, academic and research teams have made it possible to develop over a hundred joint actions focusing on four priorities:
- Health and demographic changes in urban areas
- Europe in a changing world
- Transforming science and society through data
- Biodiversity and sustainable development
In June 2019, the 4EU+ Alliance was a winner of the Erasmus + "European Universities" call for tender, and awarded with €5 million in funding—which will be matched at each national level and at the institutions themselves, arriving at a provisional budget of €15 million.
4EU+ is based on a common conception of the university and its missions: trans-disciplinary teaching nourished by research, promotion of pedagogical innovation, a mission at the service of society to meet major societal challenges. Within this framework, it supports the establishment of a free movement area, and thus promotes cutting-edge collaborative research and international academic programs leading to qualifications and individualized education.
4EU+ graduates sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop capabilities and qualities that are essential in the 21st century, such as understanding data issues and technology, and learning about entrepreneurship. 4EU+ is committed to increasing the reputations of all its member universities and to promoting their strengths and specificities.
4EU+ by the numbers
- 286,940 students
- 23,680 scientific and academic staff
- 26,350 administrative staff
- 243 Erasmus+ projects
- Cumulative funding of €368M awarded from Horizon 2020
4EU+ in 2020
The 2020 Annual Meeting of the 4EU+ Alliance was held in November, with members, associated partners and government officials gathering online to reflect on the Alliance’s achievements of the previous year, discuss current challenges for research-based teaching, hybrid courses, and propose strategies for ensuring a successful future for the 4EU+ European University.
During the meeting, initial steps in pursuit of these goals were deemed largely satisfactory. President Jean Chambaz’s brief year-in-review on 4EU+ cited that more than 300 students had participated in both online and in-person activities run by 4EU+, and more than 100 online meetings had taken place. Additionally, more than 300 members of academic staff had been involved in the implementation of joint education and research projects, and almost 80 proposals were submitted for joint research & education projects. This provides evidence about the engagement of our community.
Read more about the annual meeting.
4EU+ recently received additional funding from Horizon 2020 in order to launch its TRAIN4EU+ program.
Horizon 2020's "Science with and for society" call was designed to attract projects that would develop innovative ways of connecting science to society. TRAIN4EU+ responds to this call by supporting efforts to transform research and innovation (R&I), in particular the dissemination and integration of open scientific practices, the strengthening cooperation and co-creation with non-academic sectors, and the dematerialization of research support processes.
By developing a culture of co-learning, co-innovation, and evaluation of good practices within its members, the 4EU+ Alliance will apply a systematic methodology to identify the best models and procedures, and thus guarantee quality support to the scientific community.