University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 071 - 1 June 2023
University of Bayreuth cooperates with 11 European universities in EURESTRA
Twelve HE institutions across Europe have joined forces to enrich the European Higher Education and Research Areas with a portfolio of creative and cutting-edge joint activities working towards a responsible transformation with an innovative approach. In the future, they hope to cooperate in EURESTRA - a European University for Responsible Transformation.
“EURESTRA consists of 12 comprehensive research universities with a shared vision of the interwovenness of Europe with and its responsibility in the world, notably Africa" says University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible. “We see Europe's interconnectedness with the world and its responsibility in the world, especially Africa: that is why we are joining forces.”
EURESTRA-Members are located in 10 different countries in Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe including the Balkans as well as in the outer-most European region La Réunion.
"The partners will develop joint interdisciplinary study programmes with advanced formats, innovative pedagogical approaches and pioneering methods in education and research among themselves and with selected higher education institutions in global academic networks," announces Prof. Dr. Nina Nestler, Vice President International Affairs at the University of Bayreuth. All activities will respond to the increasing demand for sustainability, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.
EURESTRA’s understanding of responsible transformation
Responsible transformation in European higher education includes student, staff and faculty training as well as the overall campus and societal ecosystems. It refers to multiple concepts, activities and processes and comprises notably the following transformative fields of engagement in HE: Societal responsibility of HEIs including International Higher Education for Society (IHES) focusing on the Social Mission of Universities (SMU) as well as the Green transition and digital transformation of HE, its ecosystems and societies, an ethical framework of historical and cultural multidimensionality including the negotiation of a responsible decolonization of HE.
EURESTRA addresses a global transformation and sees itself as a forum for responsible change in Europe. It wants to be a Higher Education Platform for exchange across borders and continents. EURESTRA aims to provide a comprehensive perspective on Europe's interwovenness with the world, especially with Africa, in the context of challenging global transformations. The 12 Partners will develop joint interdisciplinary programmes among themselves and with selected higher education institutions in our global academic network with advanced formats, innovative pedagogical approaches and pioneering methodologies in education and research. All activities will respond to the increasing demand for sustainability with a focus on diversity and inclusion.
The partners are already connected through joint programmes and activities, such as Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, Joint PhD and Double Degree Programmes, Blended Intensive Programmes as well as student and staff mobility.
"EURESTRA sees itself as a forum for responsible change in Europe," explains Dr Arnim Heinemann, Head of the International office at the University of Bayreuth. "We want to be a university platform for exchange across borders and continents. EURESTRA aims to provide a comprehensive perspective on Europe's interconnectedness with the world, especially with Africa, in the context of challenging global transformations."
Bosnia & Herzegovina - University of Sarajevo
Czech Republic - University of Hradec Kralove
France - Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
France - Institute Sciences Po Bordeaux
France - Université de la Réunion
Germany - University of Bayreuth
Greece - Athens University of Economics and Business
Italy - University of Naples L'Orientale
Poland - University of Szczecin
Portugal - University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
Sweden - Mid Sweden University
Spain - University Pablo de Olavide
Die Partner sind bereits jetzt durch gemeinsame Programme und Aktivitäten miteinander verbunden, z. B. gemeinsame Erasmus-Mundus-Masterstudiengänge, gemeinsame Promotions- und Doppeldiplomstudiengänge, gemischte Intensivprogramme sowie die Mobilität von Studierenden und Personal.