On 17 February 2022, the rectors of eight universities from eight different European countries took a decisive step towards the creation of the first “Green University of Europe” under the UNIGREEN project.
The Rector of the Agricultural University – Plovdiv Prof. Dr. Hristina Yancheva met with the rectors of the other members of the Alliance to sign a Letter of Intent to participate in the UNIgreen project. In the heart of Europe – Brussels, at the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES), they expressed their firm position and united for a single Mission of the Green University of Europe.
The European Universities initiative is part of the Erasmus + program. In 2020, the University of Almeria – Spain initiated the creation of a European Alliance of Universities working in the field of agricultural sciences, biotechnology and natural sciences, in which the Agricultural University – Plovdiv also participates. The other partners are: Warsaw University of Natural Sciences – Poland, HEPL – Higher School of the Province of Liege – Belgium, the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra – Portugal, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia – Italy, Sup’Biotech – France and the Agricultural University – Iceland.
The main goal of the project is to create an inter-university European campus to promote excellence in higher education, strengthening the links between education, research, innovation, good practice and transfer of knowledge. The short-term goals for the next 5 years and the long-term goals for the next 10 years have been outlined.
Project’s added value
By strengthening their links in the fields of education, research, innovation, good practice and knowledge transfer, the eight partners in the transnational UNIgreen Alliance aim to position it as a landmark European educational and research institution. With the development of this network, university professors will work on interdisciplinary international research and projects. Students will be trained in programs developed collectively by partner organizations to enrich their foreign language skills and increase their level of professional qualification.
The project will consolidate the individual experience of the participating institutions in the free movement of knowledge, which facilitates the award of double degrees, serves to attract international talent from outside Europe and promotes multilingual and intercultural communication for inclusive European higher education.
The first success of the Alliance was achieved – a successful application for the project “University cooperation to promote the GREEN transition and sustainable practices in education and training / U-Green /” under the Erasmus + program, subprogram “Partnerships for Cooperation”, submitted in 2021. The project, coordinated by the University of Almeria (Spain) received funding and will start next month.
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