Who we are
YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) is one of the 50 consortia selected by the European Commission to build and test the model of the European University - open, non-elitist and integrating various communities, as well as promoting innovation, interdisciplinarity and the highest quality in research and education.
YUFE consists of ten dynamic, young, student-centered research universities (over 190 000 students and over 32 000 employees in total) and four non-academic partners in higher education, the labor market and entrepreneurship.
We work together to promote our educational programs, develop mechanisms to facilitate the mobility of students and workers, and create a model of higher education without borders, yet well-grounded in the local context, responsive to changes in society and the labor market. We strive to strengthen the idea of lifelong learning, emphasize the value of multiculturalism, multilingualism and European integration.
The idea of European universities was first articulated by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Sorbonne in September 2017. President Macron called for the creation of European Universities by 2024, increasing the chances of studying abroad and studying in at least two languages.
The European Commission took up this idea for the first time under the Erasmus + program for 2014-2020. The first 17 alliances covered by the three-year pilot program were selected by the Commission in summer 2019. This group includes the YUFE consortium, with Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń as one of its associate partners. Our university obtained the status of a full YUFE partner in July 2020. In the second round, the European Commission chose another 24 alliances, which gives a total of 41 partnerships, associating 279 universities from all over Europe, whose task is to test various models of cooperation between European universities.
During the last YUFE Townhall meeting in Rijeka Dr. Dirk Van Damme, Center
for Curriculum Redesign, former director of the OECD's education research unit
education research, addressed the transition in the higher education sector. We recommend hearing his lecture on Changing landscape for universities in Europe: a helicopter perspective.