5 Universities, 3 countries, 1 campus
Eucor – The European Campus is a trinational consortium of five universities on the Upper Rhine nestled in the border region between Germany, France and Switzerland. The members include the Universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace and Strasbourg as well as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In December 2015 the member universities signed documents for founding a European Consortium for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) to give cross-border research and teaching its own legal identity. It is the first EGTC amongst universities on the European level.
Altogether the EGTC gathers the skills and potential of 15,000 researchers, 11,000 doctoral students as well as more than 120,000 students in a strong economic and research border triangle region. The goal of the European campus is to build a clearly defined economic and research epicenter without walls and borders and with an international flair. In order to achieve it, the five universities cooperate in mutual research and teaching projects.
Eucor- The European Campus concentrates in particular on research in the areas of quantum physics and quantum technology, precision medicine, sustainability sciences and cultural studies.
In order to initiate specific projects in these and other subject areas, the mutual funding instrument “Seed Money” was called into being. The member universities have about one million euros for innovative research and teaching projects until 2020.
Vision and long-term goals:
• The European Campus is a cross-border university alliance that preserves the autonomy of the partner universities, while at the same time enabling them to submit funding proposals in Germany, France, Switzerland, and Europe as an autonomous entity.
• The European Campus means joint professorships, joint administrative personnel, joint service departments, joint doctoral candidates and students, joint research projects, and dual degrees.
• The European Campus has common research infrastructures and will serve as a magnet for attracting the best young academics and international students.
• The European Campus is model that can be emulated by other cross-border regions.
Financial Support from the European Union
From 2016 on, financial support from the Interreg VA Upper Rhine Program for the project “Eucor – The European Campus: Cross-Border Structures” is running for a period of three years. The project implements structural measures to create framework conditions encouraging groundbreaking new partnerships and structures in research and teaching to establish a common identity. The five universities of Eucor – The European Campus will analyze the regional science and research profile and take this analysis as a basis for a common structural and development plan. Moreover, they will work out the conditions for joint appointments of high-ranking academic staff. Finally, the universities also plan to develop new teaching and advising concepts; improve the transition to the regional employment market; promote mobility and interculturality among students, researchers, and administrative personnel; and create a common corporate identity for the European Campus. The EU will provide 2 million euros in funding for the project.