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Introducing the Una Europa Joint Bachelor in European Studies

Una Europa is delighted to announce the launch of its first joint Bachelor’s programme: the Una Europa Bachelor in European Studies, a unique programme co-developed by eight Una Europa partner universities.

This programme is a result of the commitment of the partner universities to a new level of in-depth transnational collaboration and exemplifies the Una Europa guiding pedagogical principles of high-quality international, multilingual, interdisciplinary and research-based education. It is the first step in the alliance’s ambitious plan to develop and implement joint innovative formats at all levels of education, with a view to enhancing the quality of their joint academic offer and co-develop an educational environment fit for the Graduates of the Future.

About the programme

The Una Europa Bachelor in European Studies is a highly innovative programme, built on the values of multidisciplinarity and multilingualism. In the joint Bachelor in European Studies, students will study the fundamental aspects and values of the European Union, as well as European states and societies, in a multilingual environment. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, students will learn how to understand and analyse Europe and its role in the world. Through the extensive mobility programme, students will not only learn about Europe, but also experience, live and grow in an international setting.

Applications for the programme are already open via www.jointbaes.eu/apply. Students from non-EEA countries are encouraged to apply by 1 March and students from EEA countries by 1 June. More information about the programme is available in the programme brochure and via our dedicated website.

" We are very proud of the excellent programme that our dedicated academics have co-developed across countries, languages, institutions and disciplines. We look forward to start recruiting our first student cohort for the next academic year. "

Emily Palmer, Secretary-General of Una Europa

European Dimension

Across the European Higher Education Area, joint European Bachelor’s degrees are still few and far between. With this Joint Bachelor in European Studies, Una Europa aims to help make the European Higher Education Area a reality and contribute to the European Commission’s objective of Achieving the European Education Area by 2025.

Peter Lievens, Vice-Rector for International Policy at KU Leuven and Project Coordinator of the alliance’s flagship Erasmus+ project 1Europe: “The recently-published European Strategy for Universities sets out a vision for a joint European Degree to be delivered at national level, which would attest learning outcomes achieved as part of transnational cooperation by mid-2024. At Una Europa, we very much welcome this flagship policy initiative, which is closely aligned to our position on the European Degree as a quality label based on a common set of European criteria. Linked to this policy initiative, we are advocating for a dedicated open and competitive EU funding instrument to be developed to support Higher Education Institutions of all types and sizes across Europe in implementing a joint European Degree.”

Fabienne Peraldi-Leneuf, Vice President of European Strategy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Una Europa’s Executive Liaison to the French Presidency of the Council of the EU adds “We have high hopes for the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, which has set out an ambitious policy agenda in the area of higher education. We are particularly looking forward to engaging closely with the Council Presidency as they lead Member States’ discussions on the European Strategy for Universities and the accompanying proposal for a Council Recommendation. This Council Recommendation sets out some promising first steps that, if adopted and implemented by Member States, will have a positive impact on the development and implementation of joint degrees across the European Higher Education Area.” This is indeed an essential way to strengthen transnational cooperation and contribute to the creation of a modern, value-based European campus.

The Una Europa Joint Bachelor in European Studies will be presented at the Politico EU Studies & Career Fair on 2 and 3 February 2022.

" We are advocating for a dedicated open and competitive EU funding instrument to be developed to support Higher Education Institutions of all types and sizes across Europe in implementing a joint European Degree. "

Peter Lievens, Vice-Rector for International Policy at KU Leuven and Project Coordinator of the alliance’s flagship Erasmus+ project 1Europe

About Una Europa

Una Europa brings together nine leading research universities with global reputation and reach. Our mission is to create a truly European inter-university environment, where outstanding research is continuously linked to transnational learning and innovative, critical thinking.

The Una Europa partners are Freie Universität Berlin, Alma Mater Studiorum – Universitá di Bologna, University of Edinburgh, Helsingin Yliopisto, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie, Universiteit Leiden, KU Leuven, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Una Europa was selected among the first prestigious ‘European Universities’ pilots funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The 1Europe pilot project was launched in December 2019 and aims to create a single education eco-system through the development of more than 20 Joint Innovative Formats for education and mobility, covering Bachelor, Master, Doctorate and Continuous Education. Through top-up funding from the Horizon 2020 programme, Una Europa has launched Una.Resin in February 2021, a new pilot to take the first steps towards creating a single research and innovation eco-system.

" We are particularly looking forward to engaging closely with the [French Presidency of the Council of the EU] as they lead Member States’ discussions on the European Strategy for Universities and the accompanying proposal for a Council Recommendation. "

Fabienne Peraldi-Leneuf, Vice President of European Strategy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Una Europa’s Executive Liaison to the French Presidency of the Council of the EU