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Auf dem Weg zur europäischen Hochschule

On the way to a European University

First EULiST General Assembly held in Madrid in October

The European university network EULiST (European Universities Linking Society and Technology), coordinated by Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), met in Madrid from October 19 to 21, 2022. Invited by the Spanish network partner, the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, the EULiST Presidents’ Board, Management Board and Coordination Office met in Móstoles near Madrid for the General Assembly to define the goals and priorities for a renewed application for “European University” status. Currently, a team is working on the preparation of a proposal for the European University Initiative of the European Commission. The deadline is January 31.

The aim is to improve on the previous proposal, which scored well with 81 points (out of a possible 100) from the European Commission, and thus successfully obtain the “European University” label. 

French engineering school is tenth partner

Another important item on the agenda was the expansion of the alliance to now ten partners: Following unanimous approval, France's leading institute for technology, the Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), joins the alliance. Already in May, a high-ranking delegation of the IMT visited LUH to prepare the accession. In the presence of representatives of all universities in the EULiST alliance, Odile Gauthier, Director General of the IMT, and LUH President Volker Epping, Senior Chairperson of the EULiST Presidents’ Board, signed the accession document.

The IMT is a group of eight French engineering and management graduate schools focusing on Digital Sovereignty, Industry 5.0, Energy/Circular Economy and Health/Wellbeing. The eight schools of the research-intense IMT are home to more than 13,000 students, 1,400 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, and over 1,100 researchers. The IMT has long-standing strategic partnerships with several EULiST members. Among others, the National Technological University of Athens (NTUA) has several double degrees with the IMT.

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