The EULiST Alliance, of which Brno University of Technology (BUT) is a member, has succeeded in the European Commission's call for support for European University Alliances. Until now, the international network has only operated in the form of a consortium, but thanks to funding from the European Commission it has officially joined European Universities. This funding will significantly strengthen international cooperation with EULiST partners and therefore offer new opportunities.In this year's call, a total of 65 project proposals were submitted to the European Commission, including over 500 higher education institutions across the European Union. The European Commission decided to approve a total of 30 projects. The selection of projects and their subsequent funding was divided into two categories. The first focused on intensifying existing international cooperation between institutions, and the second on supporting new alliances which had previously operated within university networks but were not officially part of European Universities. This also applied to EULiST. A total of 39 consortia applied for this category and only 7 of them became European Universities. "I am proud that BUT has become a legal part of the European Universities and with the successful EULiST project it will add to the list of European Universities in the Czech Republic, which has increased from four to nine. I believe that a new stage of cooperation is opening up for us, not only within the EULiST network, but also between networks in the Czech Republic and the European Union," said Iveta Šimberová, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation of the BUT.
European Universities represent a unique form of international cooperation that leads to increased mobility of students and academics, the development of excellent science and research, and the overall increase of competitiveness in European higher education at the global level. "We are very pleased with the results of the call. The EULiST consortium has been in place for some time and the success of this application reflects the excellent collaboration, enthusiasm and commitment of all partner institutions involved. We are looking forward to further developing our joint activities," added Mariana Tesařová, International Cooperation Manager.
EULiST partners include Brno University of Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Mines-Télécom Institute, Jönköping University, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, Leibniz University Hannover, National Technical University of Athens, Rey Juan Carlos University, University of L'Aquila and with TU Wien. Read more about the alliance here.