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EUTOPIA receives new European funding

The alliance of European universities to which NOVA belongs is among the most promising consortia to shape the future common space of higher education   

The results were announced this Wednesday, 27, by the European Commission (EC) and place EUTOPIA, the alliance of European universities to which NOVA belongs, among the first consortia to receive funding for the second call - after, in 2019, it had already been part of the first wave of 17 alliances to be supported by the EC.   

Since then, the EUTOPIA2050 pilot project (2019-2022) has demonstrated how current challenges push universities to act collaboratively, which means rethinking both the skills they need to provide and how research can achieve greater impact, within and beyond academia.   

A conviction that has been reinforced by the times we have experienced in the immediate aftermath, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, which has given a strong impetus to the digital functioning of universities - but not only that. It is also the case with the growing awareness of climate change, requiring changes in social models and individual behaviour, or the tragic war taking place on Europe's doorstep, demonstrating the continuous need to defend European values.   

Moreover, with the complexity of today's societal challenges, the importance of lifelong learning is evident. Now, with the approval of funding for EUTOPIA MORE, it will be possible to create conditions for these academic communities to interconnect on their respective campuses, offering richer and more innovative curricula in the different degrees and promoting joint initiatives in research and innovation, with local and global partners. With EUTOPIA MORE, NOVA will directly participate in the activities developed by the alliance, and in the creation of this academy of European universities, focused on the education of students and professionals of higher education as European citizens committed to guaranteeing the future of the planet.

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