UNICA – Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe was founded in 1990. It is currently made up of 49 universities from 37 capital cities of Europe, combining over 160,000 university staff and 1.900,000 students. The activities of the Network are guided by the principles expressed in its Mission & Vision.

UNICA provides a forum for its Members to reflect on the latest developments and demands of strategic change in university research, education and administration. To achieve its aims, UNICA carries out member-driven activities, the content, format, and frequency of which depend substantially on UNICA Member UniversitiesÔÇÖ engagement and interest.

UNICA is also active in the field of European projects, both as coordinator and partner.

The main bodies of the Network are the General Assembly and the Steering Committee. The current President of the UNICA Network is Prof. Luciano Saso, Vice-Rector of European University Networks (Sapienza University of Rome).

UNICA General Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium.


UNICA is a community of the Universities of the European Capitals, committed to democratic values, acting as a catalyst for the advancement, integration and cooperation of Member Universities throughout Europe as a means of social understanding, global collaboration, and sustainable development.


UNICA is a network bringing together 49 Member Universities from 37 capital cities of Europe, with a combined strength of over 160,000 staff and 1,900,000 students. It seeks to facilitate international collaborations and promote academic leadership through understanding and sharing between its Members throughout the European Higher Education Area. It also provides a forum in which the Members can reflect on the needs of strategic change in university research, education, administration, and societal engagement.

In order to achieve its aims, UNICA articulates the views of Member Universities to European institutions, to national, regional, and municipal governments, and internationally. It provides the Members with information on European initiatives and programmes, and supports them in developing co-operative projects.