European Universities Initiative launches UNA Europa

The UNA Europa network has been formally launched by the European Commission’s European Universities Initiative.

UNA Europa – which includes Edinburgh – is a group of eight leading universities that seeks to redesign the education sector in Europe.

The event, which took place in Brussels on Thursday 7 November, brought together members of a number of European alliances. 

UNA Europa members include Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Uni-versité Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne, KU Leuven, Freie Universität Berlin and Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

International study and research

UNA Europa will develop long-term cooperation and integration between its members, focusing on innovative research and teaching and boosting international study and research opportunities for students and staff.

University leaders say that by going beyond traditional boundaries – both geographical and within disciplines – the collaboration will produce graduates equipped to shape the future.

Vice-Principal Colm Harmon and Edinburgh University Students' Association President Andrew Wilson attended the event. 

Partnerships make the University of Edinburgh what it is today – a global institution, influencing the world and helping to change lives for the better. Being a part of UNA Europa underlines Edinburgh’s commitment to working with our European colleagues and ensuring continued international experiences and collaboration for our students and staff.

Professor James SmithVice Principal International, the University of Edinburgh


The University is hosting a group of leading European universities for an event exploring the future of European research. 

UNICA’s Research Policy Meeting is being held at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 November.

The UNICA network, established in 1990, connects 51 European universities across 37 capital cities connecting over 160,000 staff and almost two million university students.

Attendees will focus on the event theme ‘Changing Horizons: working together to overcome challenges and maximise opportunities’.

Workshops, presentations and interactive panels will centre on European research policies, Horizon Europe funding and the impact of Brexit.

Events will be attended by rectors, presidents, vice-rectors and European research liaison officers from UNICA, the Coimbra Group and ROSE (Research on Societies in Europe).

UNICA is a group of leading European universities from major capital cities including Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Helsinki, Lisbon, Madrid, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Warsaw.

Connecting European universities

UNICA seeks to facilitate international collaborations and promote academic leadership through understanding and sharing between its members throughout the European Higher Education Area.

It provides a forum in which the members can reflect on the needs of strategic change in university research, education, administration, and societal engagement.


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