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Start of the ENGAGE.EU European University

from July 15, 2020 to November 30, 2020

The European Commission has announced on Thursday 9th July the results of the second call for ‘European Universities’ alliances, EU’s flagship initiative to build the universities of the future. University Toulouse 1 Capitole participates in ENGAGE.EU, one of the selected consortia.

The ENGAGE.EU alliance tackle major social challenges

The future of Europe will be carved by major societal challenges: digitalization and artificial intelligence, climate change and sustainability, ageing societies and migration. Together with other leading European universities in business, economics, and social sciences, University Toulouse 1 Capitole has formed the ENGAGE.EU alliance to provide European citizens with the set of skills and competences needed to tackle these major societal challenges. The initiative has been selected as one of the European Universities 2020.
Seven universities sharing European values and a global outlook

ENGAGE.EU is a consortium of seven universities sharing European values and a global outlook: University of Mannheim (Germany) – Coordinator, Luiss Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (Italy), NHH Norwegian School of Economics (Norway), Tilburg University (The Netherlands), University of National and World Economy (Bulgaria), University Toulouse 1 Capitole (France), and WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria).

All institutions together are currently an academic home to over 100,000 students, academics and staff.
The alliance will exploit the unique synergies of its excellent members, taking existing collaborations to a new dimension guided by a joint approach and a common goal, where each university brings its unique perspective shaped by its academic areas of specialization as well as geographical and economic context.
For socially engaged European citizens

ENGAGE.EU aims to enable its students to act as socially engaged European citizens and to have impact on society at large. Building on a solid fundament in the social sciences, the alliance is based on a comprehensive approach, following three interconnected paths:
  • Engaged Learning
  • Engaged Research and Innovation
  • Engaged in Society.
More specifically, the partner universities pursue the goal of developing new joint courses and teaching formats addressing current, future-oriented topics.

These offers shall not only involve the institutions’ actual students, but also interested learners from society in general.
For a scientific research of structural cooperation

In research, among other things, a think tank is intended to enrich the structural cooperation between researchers, learners and other alliance actors. Finally, ENGAGE.EU Labs enable universities to exchange ideas with stakeholders from civil society and business and open up space for innovations.

The ENGAGE.EU universities look forward to working together in this new European University. It will represent a unique opportunity to educate and inspire a new generation of citizens that will contribute to make Europe a global referent in how to tackle societal challenges.

More about ENGAGE.EU:
University Toulouse 1 Capitole involved

By participating in this alliance, University Toulouse 1 Capitole intends to propose its students innovative programmes and mobilities on the theme of societal engagement. UT Capitole wants students and citizens to be active learners, engaged in society. With a clear European perspective, new approaches to research and training will be explored and developed, so as to implement a European campus for future professionals taking into account society and societal changes in their professional life.

With the advent of the project, UT Capitole is now part of a dynamic consortium of outstanding European universities, which will constantly look for excellence in the coming years and beyond.

The European University Initiative

The European Universities are an initiative within the Erasmus program of the European Union with the goal of establishing new standards of cooperation between higher education institutions. European Universities are intended to act as models of good practice to further increase the quality, international competitiveness and attractiveness of European higher education.

Contact:Caroline Hourdry,
Updated on the October 12, 2020