UNITE! & Covid-19: united universities for a united solution
Published on June 12, 2020
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Technological universities have been key to face the Covid-19 crisis and provide solutions for the new challenges that have emerged. The University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (UNITE!), which gathers 7 prestigious European universities, allows direct knowledge and technology transfer in order to face the challenges more efficiently and with long-lasting effects.
The European Universities Initiative is a strategy of the European Commission that promotes the creation of university alliances in order to develop innovative projects, connected with research and knowledge transfer, capable of generating graduates with an extra value. European Universities will become inter-university campuses around which students, doctoral candidates, staff and researchers can move seamlessly. They will pool their expertise, platforms and resources to deliver joint curricula or modules covering various disciplines.
The University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (UNITE!) is one of the 17 alliances that constitute the European Universities Initiative. Gathering 7 prestigious European universities, UNITE! is a bottom-up network that is setting up a new model for a virtual and physical inter-university campus, the first focused of engineering, science and technology. UNITE! is transforming European higher education through multidisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual education, research and entrepreneurship, providing skills for a new generation of European and global citizens.
The UNITE! alliance is based on their long-standing successful collaboration. It generates new technological solutions and implement them to shape the future of science, economy and society. Notably, it hosts some of the most active entrepreneurial ecosystems, generating start-up activities and innovations with a marked societal impact across Europe and the world. We are thus ideally equipped to address major global challenges.
The arrival of Covid-19 has shaken the status quo across continents, overpowering health systems and shutting down economies, thus affecting millions of people. In this situation, we have witnessed an unprecedented collective response to alleviate the crisis and face new challenges. And the UNITE! alliance had an essential role to play in it.