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On 3 October, the European Commission published the fifth Erasmus+ call for proposals to support the rollout of the European Universities initiative. The aim of this call, with the total budget of EUR 189.2 million, is to enable an expansion to at least 60 European Universities by mid-2024, in line with the European strategy for universities. Open for submissions until 6 February 2024, the call supports the following topics:
While more universities are being welcome to the European Universities Initiative, the discussions on both how to evaluate the related progress and to secure adequate funding for the future are being held by the European Commission with various stakeholders. As several scenarios are put on the table, the 41 Alliances issued a Joint statement on a sustainable investment pathway for European Universities on 3 October 2023. The following points emerge from this statement:
A holistic approach involves funding for all university’s missions allocated from combined resources, including EU programmes (Erasmus+, Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, etc.) and member state funding, for both knowledge creation and infrastructure, while being offered in a sustainable way.
Individual alliances such as CIVIS also issued similar statements. A new round of stakeholder consultations on the monitoring framework and an investment pathway for the European Universities Initiative is planned for November this year.