The European University of Technology formed by the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) and seven other universities in France, Germany, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Latvia and Romania is born.
The European Commission approved last Thursday the creation of this consortium in a call for projects of excellence in higher education, and which also obtained 14 other Spanish universities among the 61 applications submitted.
This recognition is the largest in Europe and will allow participating in special mobility calls for these consortia, as well as providing their students with the European degrees generated by the new legislation to be developed.The Rector of the UPCT, Alejandro Díaz Morcillo, and the Minister for Universities, Business and Innovation, Miguel Motas Guzmán, today presented the European University of Technology (EUt +) at an event, held at the Rectorate.The project will create experimentation networks with new models of university organization.
"The objective is to gradually strengthen our cooperation so that students can carry out each year of their training in a different country," said the Rector.EUt + will mean greater access to mobility programs, both for students and staff, will integrate the different study plans under the premise of flexibility and multidisciplinarity, will encourage collaborative research, promote inclusiveness and pool international relations networks outside Europe, from partner universities.Another aspiration will be the integration of ICT systems, the possibility of applying for other important research projects and offering degrees that are taught jointly among the partners, as well as promoting international continuous training and creating common online teaching platforms.The members that together with the UPCT form this consortium are the Université Technologie de Troyes (France), the Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany), the Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), the Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), the Technological University Dublin ( Ireland), Riga Technical University (Latvia) and Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania).
In this last institution, the memorandum of understanding between all of them was signed on February 4.Motas stressed that the Ministry of Employment, Research and Universities "gave their explicit support from the outset to this initiative, through a signed letter to record their interest and full conviction of the good work of their universities and their support to the international consortia formed with them, within the project of the European Commission ".The initial € 5M granted by the European Commission are for the first three years of the consortium's life, explains Alejandro Díaz Morcillo.This new consortium reinforces the alliances of which the UPCT forms part: UP4, which integrates the four public polytechnic universities in Spain and the Mare Nostrum 37/38 campus of International Excellence, with the University of Murcia.