Antwerp takes part in first European University

The University of Antwerp is joining forces with seven other universities from as many different European countries to launch the first European University. Together they form the YUFE alliance, Young Universities for the Future of Europe. The European Commission has grated financial support for the project. “An important milestone for our alliance” says Herman Van Goethem, rector of the University of Antwerp: “We are keen to contribute to a unique momentum in European higher education.”

An open, European University

"The ambition of YUFE is clear,” explains Herman Van Goethem: “Our alliance, including eight young universities, will build the first European University of the future that is open to anyone. It will provide students with the skills they need to be highly employable and will offer truly European career paths. In doing so, the YUFE European University will work towards the shared goal of stimulating a stronger European feeling among future generations of Europeans.” The European Commission will finance the alliance, coordinated by Maastricht University, for the next three years, for a maximum amount of five million euros.

Studying throughout Europe

Thanks to this collaboration, future students will be offered a choice of courses from the eight YUFE 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 of their host country. “If they have successfully completed their studies, students will receive a European diploma that is valid throughout Europe. In addition, the diploma will not only acknowledge students ’academic performance’, but also their effort in mobility, language learning, professional training, job shadowing and community volunteering,” says Van Goethem.

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 will be based on challenges that are of great importance to the YUFE regions. 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.

Strengthening Antwerp’s position as magnet for talent

Within the YUFE-alliance, the University of Antwerp receives the explicit support of the City of Antwerp, The Antwerp ZOO Society and Port of Antwerp. These partner recognise in this partnership an unique opportunity for Antwerp to further grow into a city with strong human capital, where talent has every opportunity to flourish. After thorough training in various focus areas, talent can work in a wide range of workplaces within strong economic clusters such as the port, chemistry and diamonds. It is no wonder that Antwerp has become the fastest growing student city in Flanders.


YUFE full partners are: Maastricht University (coordinator) - Netherlands Carlos III University of Madrid - Spain University of Antwerp - Belgium University of Bremen - Germany University of Cyprus - Cyprus University of Eastern Finland University of Essex - United Kingdom University of Rome Tor Vergata - Italy

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