Top universities team up to boost European wellbeing

University of Birmingham joins six other leading European universities to create the European University for Well-Being

Seven of Europe’s leading higher education institutes have launched a joint project to boost the well-being of European citizens.

The European University for Well-Being (EUniWell) is a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham, Firenze, Köln, Leiden, Linnaeus, Nantes and Semmelweis.

It aims to help “create an environment that allows for European citizens and their global neighbours to be well-educated, socially responsible, healthy, inclusive and diverse — all critical aspects of well-being.”

Seed fund

Rectors, presidents and vice-chancellors from the partner universities met in Köln (Germany) to launch the project.

They announced an initial joint seed fund for research, teaching and policy development partnerships. This will support multilateral projects involving the universities’ 255,000 students and 44,000 staff members across seven European countries. It will also support adult learners and teacher training and “foster equality and diversity, including multilingualism and multiculturalism.”

Global ambition

While the initial focus of EUniWell is well-being, especially of city-dwellers, its long term goal is to “define how a modern, civic and entrepreneurial university can support social and individual well-being in a global setting.”

“We are creating an ambitious, visionary and distinctive alliance, that will support the well-being of our students, staff, cities and regions, and Europe more broadly,” said the university leaders.

“This alliance will show how diversity and working across national boundaries, bringing together diverse but complementary universities, is the best way to address the key issue of the well-being of Europe’s population.”

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