The European Digital UniverCity (EDUC) alliance is pleased to announce that the Universitat Jaume I and the University of South-Eastern Norway will join the consortium in 2022. With the arrival of the new partners, the alliance grows from 6 to 8 member universities connecting seven countries all over Europe. EDUC and its founding members are grateful for enlarging their academic community in two locations at once, gaining new valuable perspectives, ideas, and areas of expertise. The EDUC alliance is more than ever committed to deepening its transnational cooperation and strengthening its vision of becoming a truly integrated European University.
Prof. Oliver Günther, President of the University of Potsdam and Coordinator of the EDUC Alliance says: "We are very proud to see our alliance growing and to welcome two strong partners in Spain and Norway. For EDUC, the Universitat Jaume I and the University of South-Eastern Norway are both a natural match in their respective regions that support our vision and mission to shape the future of higher education in Europe."
Meet Universitat Jaume I
The Universitat Jaume I (UJI) is the only public university in the province of Castelló. Located on the temperate eastern coast of Spain, it has four faculties and an academic community of around 14,000 students and more than 2,200 teachers, researchers, and staff that contribute to fostering critical awareness and the social, economic, and cultural development of the Mediterranean provinces. Founded in 1991, UJI has gained a reputation for its rigorousness and scientific relevance. It has a Science, Technology and Business Park that allows companies and research groups to interact and a Research Centre for Robotics and Underwater Technologies, which is the first of its kind in the Valencian Community. UJI also stands out for its international outlook, which is a key aspect guiding all its activities. It currently has academic links with more than 300 universities worldwide, 3 international clubs, and a network of ambassadors in more than 60 countries supporting its ambitious internationalisation plan.
Prof. Eva Alcón Soler, Rector of the Universitat Jaume I, says: "Our adherence to EDUC responds to our willingness to participate in the construction of future European higher education, to respond to the big social challenges of Europe in a solid and forward-looking way, and to contribute to a new approach to European citizenship."
Meet the University of South-Eastern Norway
With its eight campuses, the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is rooted in a dynamic region with industries at the forefront of the green transition and a rich maritime tradition. To ensure the best possible education for its 18,000 students, USN cooperates closely with local businesses, the public sector, and society at large. Environmental, economic, and social sustainability are embedded in both teaching and research to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Consequently, USN’s research activities explore a wide range of regional and global challenges in health, society, the environment, technology, and education. A wide range of study programmes is offered at bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels in health and social sciences, engineering and technology, education, sports, humanities, business studies, and more. To foster internationalisation, many courses are available in English. Innovative industry master’s programmes allow students to gain work experience in a relevant company.
Prof. Petter Aasen, Rector of the University of South-Eastern Norway, says: "We are delighted to board the EDUC alliance. We look forward to benefiting from and contributing to transnational cooperation. The alliance shares our values, priorities, and the vision and ambition of becoming an integrated European University."