More than 400 participants to get involved in projects within the European University Alliance 'Transform4Europe', launched with the participation of the University of Alicante
Seven universities from several EU countries are part of this initiative, already underway with proposals for joint study programmes, an annual Mobility Week and a series of different teaching modalities to showcase key European skills
Alicante. Monday, 1 February 2021
The European university project has been launched this year with several new initiatives that, over the course of three years, will provide a platform for educating and training a new generation of European youth, promoting their collaboration across the boundaries of subjects to gain digital, intercultural and business knowledge and skills.
Transform4Europe (T4E) is an alliance of seven European universities, officially recognised last year as a “European University” by the European Commission. The alliance is made up of Saarland University, Germany; the University of Alicante, Spain; the Estonian Academy of Arts; the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland; Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria; the University of Trieste, Italy; and the Vytautas Magnus University of Kaunas, Lithuania.
The project, where the only Spanish member is the University of Alicante, has been launched with the presentation of a wide range of initiatives, including joint study programmes, an annual Mobility Week and a number of different teaching modalities to showcase key European skills.
At this first meeting of the participating universities and the alliance’s external partners, an interdisciplinary certification programme has been introduced that will include complementary courses delivered by two or three T4E-associated institutions, allowing students to gain further knowledge and experience in topics that are relevant at European level. In this initial stage, the project is expected to bring together more than 400 participants from the seven universities, both online (via remote connection) and onsite (at one of the associated universities). The contents of these courses, covering such areas as cultural heritage, linguistic diversity or entrepreneurship, will be digitally recorded and subsequently delivered by all T4E partners as part of the certification programme. Students who are receiving training to become teachers will be an especially important target group, as in the future they will convey the European ideas and perspectives in school settings.
Another project proposed by the T4E alliance is the Mobility Week, to take place every year. The aim is to encourage as many students and academic and non-academic staff as possible to spend five days at an associated university or to take part in a virtual exchange course. Throughout the Mobility Week, all universities participating in the T4E alliance will organise events and activities with a focus on various aspects of the “transformation” process, like intensive language courses, workshops where talks will be given, or work placements for non-academic staff.
One of the main goals of this European alliance is to encourage and promote entrepreneurship. To this end, one-week international conferences will be held, seeking to attract businesspeople and professionals from several regions for them to share some of the distinctive features of their countries’ business cultures. There will also be lecture series, to be open to the public and offered jointly by universities and companies operating in a specific region.
The T4E alliance equally aims to promote multilingualism among students and university staff. The intensive language courses taught at some universities will be made available to all the other associated institutions, and shorter, basic level preparatory courses will be delivered in each of the languages employed within the alliance. A new language learning format will be the language labs, to be offered during lunchtime, in which small groups of students will talk with fellow students from other parts of Europe. A similar system will be available for university staff, thus giving everyone the opportunity to get to know academics and visiting fellows from associated universities. Through this initiative, university employees will also benefit from mobility experiences and pan-European cooperation will be enhanced among university staff working from their home institutions.
The project is coordinated at the UA by Director of Institutional Relations and Projects Juan Llopis and has more than 40 collaborators from several areas and disciplines at the University.