The EUTOPIA network of universities – which includes the University of Warwick – has been awarded €2m by the European Commission to develop its continent-wide higher education community.
The EUTOPIA-TRAIN (Transformation on Research and Innovation) initiative will fund the partners to improve place-based economic and environmental sustainability in their respective regions – as well as to lead local Covid-19 resilience projects.
The pan-European partners will share their research with business and industry and regional and national governments. The multi-million euro scheme also aims to explore citizen involvement in the design and direction of future research projects.
The pan-European network, founded in 2019, comprises six universities. Its founding mission is to develop internationally linked research and higher education for the benefit of academics and students. Led by the University of Ljubljana, the network also includes Warwick, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris Université, the University of Gothenburg and the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. The six members unite over 65,000 students and 30,000 members of staff. Students gain international study opportunities and staff routes to collaborative research.
Prof Seán Hand, deputy pro-vice-chancellor (Europe) at the University of Warwick, commented: “I am delighted by this most recent success. Complementing our alliance’s core activities and the work of our funded Science and Innovation Fellows, EUTOPIA-TRAIN will specifically drive initiatives in knowledge transfer, open science, and human capital development.
“With a common support office, strong dissemination and communication capability, and a brilliant stakeholder network that includes the West Midlands Combined Authority and our Local Enterprise Partnerships, we intend to initiate and support socially transformative innovations that respond to common challenges and empower our youth leadership.”