European Commission selects Tilburg University as ‘European University’
The European Commission has announced today the results of the second call for ‘European Universities’ alliances, EU’s flagship initiative to build the universities of the future. Tilburg University participates in ENGAGE.EU, one of the selected consortia.
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, Tilburg University has formed the ENGAGE.EU alliance to provide European citizens with the set of skills and competences needed to tackle these major societal challenges.
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.
ENGAGE.EU aims to enable its learners 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 will offer new educational programs and teaching formats addressing current, future-oriented topics, set up a think tank and run ENGAGE.EU Labs to exchange ideas with stakeholders from civil society and business.
Koen Becking underlines the importance of this international consortium:
‘Being part of the ENGAGE consortium is a way to realize our ambition as university. We want to contribute to solving complex social issues. Now more than ever, this requires cooperation and co-creation, regional, national and international. We will be teaming up with leading universities in Europe, supported by regional partners such as the municipality Tilburg, PON and Midpoint Brabant. This creates a great platform for innovations in teaching, research and outreach to society’.
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.