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European Universities are transnational alliances that will become the universities of the future, promoting European values and identity, and revolutionising the quality and competitiveness of European higher education. In order to achieve this major step forward, the European Commission is testing different cooperation models for European Universities with two calls for proposals under the Erasmus+ programme.

In the first round, out of 54 applications received, 17 European Universities involving 114 higher education institutions from 24 Member States were selected. 

This first call, together with a second launched this autumn, will test different models for the concept of European Universities and examine its potential to transform higher education. For more information, see the Commission factsheet on the Initiative and for the 17 European University alliances, as well as the press release

The European Universities Initiative will be fully rolled out and scaled up under the next Erasmus programme 2021-2027.

Oxford has been invited to join the The European University of Brain and Technology, NeurotechEU bid led by Tansu Celikel at Radboud University.  

Rectors and rector representatives from the eight founding partners met in Nijmegen on Jan 24th, 2020 for the official signature ceremony. the partnership agreement was signed for Oxford by Chas Bountra, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Innovation. Among the activities of the day, there was a panel discussion with the rectors of the founding universities chaired by Kia Nobre, Chair of the Oxford neuroscience Strategy Committee and Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford. 

The founding members of NeurotechEU are Radboud Univeristy (NL), Miguel Hernández University (ES), Karolinska Institute (SE), University of Bonn (DE), Boğaziçi University (TR), University of Oxford (UK), UMF in Cluj-Napoca (RO) and University of Debrecen (HU).

We are conducting a brief survey to inquire what researchers  consider as challenges awaiting neuroscience and neurotechnology now and in the future; and to better understand the needs of students. 

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