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The European University of Technology welcomes a ninth member: UNICAS joins the EUt+ alliance

Published on September 4, 2023 Updated on September 4, 2023
A ninth member
A ninth member

on the September 1, 2023

The Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale (UNICAS), strategically located in Italy between Rome and Naples, will officially join the European University of Technology (EUt+) alliance on 1 November 2023, marking the start of the 4-year EUt+ deployment phase.

The European Universities, a flagship initiative of the European strategy for universities, sets the ambition to support 60 European Universities who fully embody the vision of Europe, which would involve more than 500 higher education institutions by mid-2024. In line with this aim, the European Commission has open calls for both new applications and current alliances willing to expand.

As described in the proposal validated by the expert of the European Commission, EUt+ has now opened its doors to a ninth member, in accordance with the European policy of Alliance extension. UNICAS is becoming a full member who shares the objective of a full merger and the same dynamics of convergence. This new membership helps to maintain the geographical balance on a European scale, as well as the diversity and complementarity of EUt+ members. The ninth member was chosen to be a medium-sized public university in a Member State of the European Union, with a strong focus on science, technology and engineering. UNICAS shares EUt+'s values of humanism, boldness, openness and ethics, and is committed to mobilising its teams and implementing the strategic orientations required for full integration. Marco dell'Isola, Rector of UNICAS, says: "We will become the Italian campus of EUt+”.

The established ability of UNICAS researchers, in particular from the two engineering departments, to attract funding for outstanding national and international projects, together with the strong activity in technological transfer, make UNICAS a truly international district for Education, Research and Public Engagement.

In order to support this new member as it integrates into a constantly evolving initiative, EUt+ is developing a clear 3-year strategy. With the integration of this 9th partner and the entry into the deployment phase, the construction of the European University, EUt+, continues with determination. The European Commission's confidence in the EUt+ initiative is demonstrated by the fact that it has been awarded a second grant of €14.4 million over a period of 4 years to support this new step. Timothée Toury, Secretary general of the Alliance states “Our application is carrying a strong vision, based on our first 3 years of experience in development and organisation. It was clearly recognised by the experts, who awarded EUt+ the astounding score of 96/100 for its proposal to the 2023 European Universities Initiative call.”

Date of update 04 septembre 2023