YUFE Opens Doors to its New Virtual Campus

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From Autumn 2020 students and academic staff from the 10 universities that make up the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance will be the first to experience the YUFE Virtual Campus.

The YUFE Virtual Campus will give students from across the 10 YUFE alliance universities the valuable opportunity to undertake more than 130 virtual courses in international study, with a focus on student-centred and research-based learning.

The YUFE Virtual Campus has been set up to provide students and staff across the alliance with an international learning experience while protecting their health and wellbeing during the current Covid-19 pandemic.


YUFE Courses

Courses will be delivered through a blend of online teaching and planned visits, dependent on travel restrictions, throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students taking part in the overall YUFE alliance have the opportunity to take a stimulating new educational pathway through lectures, workshops and a range of extracurricular activities. For academic and professional services staff within the alliance’s 10 universities, it provides new opportunities for teaching and research and for sharing best practice.

The alliance’s European-wide remit also goes beyond academic study. It is committed to promoting more learning of European languages, encouraging volunteering and social engagement, introducing ‘work and learn’ initiatives for students, and encouraging the involvement of cities, citizens, policymakers and international institutions to become involved. YUFE is also committed to diversity and inclusivity and taking positive action that makes a difference.


More about YUFE

Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) is an alliance of 10 young universities and associate partners from the higher education, non-governmental and private sector. Together, the YUFE partners are establishing one of the first true European Universities.


The YUFE universities

YUFE alliance consists of 10 european universities:

Antwerp University (Belgium)
University of Essex (United K)ingdom
University of Bremen (Germany)
Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
Maastricht University (Netherlands)
Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)
Tor Vergata University of Rome (Italy)
University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
University of Rijeka (Croatia)


Non Academic Partners

YUFE also has non-academic partners involved with student projects, including:
Adecco
European Entrepreneurs
ETS Global
KIRON

YUFE, funded and ready to launch

YUFE, funded and ready to launch

The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) is chosen to create one of the very first ‘European Universities’.

Professor Martin Paul, Chair of the YUFE alliance and President of Maastricht University, which leads the consortium, said:

“Our alliance, including eight young universities, will bring a radical change in European Higher Education by establishing itself as the leading model of a young, student centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive European University. A unique ecosystem linking universities to communities, YUFE will be based on cooperation between higher education institutions, the public and private sector and citizens across Europe.”

YUFE selected to create one of the first European Universities

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Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) is one of just 17 alliances of European universities selected by the European Commission to develop and implement the first models for a European University.

The YUFE alliance presented its vision to the European Commission earlier this year and has now been given the go ahead to implement it.

Professor Martin Paul, Chair of the YUFE alliance and President of Maastricht University, which leads the consortium, said: “Our alliance, including eight young universities, will build the first European University of the future that is open to anyone.”

“Our European University will provide students with the skills they need to be highly employable and will offer truly European career paths to all members of society. In doing so, the YUFE European University will strengthen our collective identity and contribute to a more cohesive European society.”

The foundations for this European University will be laid in the next three years.


The YUFE vision

Studying throughout Europe

The YUFE European University will enable prospective students to compile their curricula, choosing from programmes offered at each of the eight YUFE universities. To allow access to all systems and facilities of these universities, the alliance will introduce a YUFE student card, valid at all participating universities.

The official language of YUFE study programmes is English, but students who spend a period at a university in another country are encouraged and supported to learn the language oftheir host country. When they have successfully completed their studies, students receive a European diploma that will be valid anywhere in Europe.

The diploma will not only acknowledge students’ academic performance, but also acknowledge their effort in mobility, language learning, professional training, job shadowing and community volunteering.

Feeling at home in the YUFE cities

To guarantee accessibility for as many students as possible, YUFE is preparing to set up a virtual European campus. Part-time students or interested citizens who want to follow a single virtual or physical course can also make use of the YUFE offer.

For full-time students studying at one of the partner universities elsewhere in Europe, YUFE will develop housing solutions that facilitate cultural exchange, mutual support and integration with the local community. For example, an option YUFE is considering is furnishing special homes where students can live for free during their stay and in close proximity with local residents.

They will be given the opportunity to contribute to the community in their neighbourhood, and to foster a culture of mutual support in all YUFE cities and communities.

YUFE students will be immediately immersed in the local and regional society and will thus be the catalyst for further European integration.


Regional focus and impact

The YUFE programme itself pays a lot of attention to the specific regions in which the eight YUFE universities are located. When it comes to internships, for example, every university will work together with local authorities, the business community and other organisations.

These collaborations are based on challenges that are of great importance to the YUFE regions. In Limburg, for example, the region of the coordinating institution Maastricht University, the Brightlandsecosystem will be an excellent setting to implement the joint YUFE approach.

In Cyprus, students will contribute to the development of more efficient public transport in the capital Nicosia. In Essex (UK), YUFE projects will contribute to solving socio-economic disadvantage in a post-industrial region.

Dr Daniela Trani and Jan Hupkens, coordinators of the YUFE-alliance, said: “In this way, YUFE education provides a European mind-set for students, enabling them to view matters from different perspectives and allows the various regions and their residents to benefit from this exchange of knowledge across Europe.”


European integration

Professor Paul said: “The selection of the YUFE proposal represents an important milestone for our alliance and we are keen to contribute to a unique momentum in European higher education.

Together with our partners we will develop a shared vision for European higher education and contribute to creating a bright future for all European citizens, regions and countries.

🔎 About YUFE

The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) allianceis a major strategic partnership established between eight young research-intensive universities from as many European countries.

The YUFE alliance, together with its six associate partners, aims at bringing a radical change in European higher education by establishing itself as the leading model of a young, student-centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive European University.

A unique ecosystem linking universities to communities, YUFE will be based on cooperation between higher education institutions, the public and private sector, and citizens across Europe.

👥 Members of YUFE

The YUFE alliance is geographically diverse and includes universities, cities and companies. YUFE full partners are:

  • 🇳🇱 Maastricht University (coordinator)
  • 🇪🇸 Carlos III University of Madrid
  • 🇧🇪 University of Antwerp
  • 🇩🇪 University of Bremen
  • 🇨🇾 University of Cyprus
  • 🇫🇮 University of Eastern
  • 🇬🇧 University of Essex
  • 🇮🇹 University of Rome Tor Vergata
🌐 YUFE Contacts

For more information visit:

Website: www.yufe.eu

Twitter: @AllianceYufe

Instagram: @yufe_alliance

Facebook: facebook.com/YUFEalliance