30 universities from Ukraine already work in European Universities alliances
30 European Universities alliances have been selected under the 2023 Erasmus+ call further supporting the rollout of the European Universities initiative. Together with the 20 alliances selected in 2022, we now have a total of 50 European Universities alliances, involving more than 430 higher education institutions. This means we are on track to reach the goal of the European strategy for universities to expand to 60 European Universities with more than 500 higher education institutions by mid-2024.
On 30 September 2022, the European Commission opened a new Erasmus+ European Universities call to further support the implementation of the European Universities initiative.
Today, the Commission announced the successful applicants to this call.
With a record budget of €402.2 million under the 2021-2027 Erasmus+ programme, existing European Universities alliances will continue to receive support to consolidate and expand their cooperation with more than 50 additional higher education institutions. In addition, several new alliances will be able to start their cooperation.
The €402.2 million includes €3.2 million from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA III) to further support the participation as full partners of higher education institutions from the Western Balkans countries not associated to the Erasmus+ programme.
Under the 2023 Erasmus+ call, higher education institutions from the Western Balkans countries not associated to the Erasmus+ programme can become full partners. As a result, higher education institutions from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro have joined the initiative, on top of those from the Republic of North-Macedonia and Serbia.
Also, as last year, alliances can involve higher education institutions from Bologna Process countries as associated partners. Under the 2023 call, close to 30 higher education institutions from Ukraine have joined the alliances.