EPICUR, (European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions), is the first generation of European university alliance, winner of the call for pilot projects launched by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme and receives funding of EUR 5 million over 3 years. The EPICUR alliance is made up of 8 partners of higher education in Europe:
The first three years of the project correspond to a pilot phase in the long-term process of creating the European University fully integrated with partner universities. The project consists of six action programmes, each led by a university member of the alliance:
The EPICUR alliance places the teaching of « Liberal Arts and Sciences Education » at the centre of its project: one of the long-term objectives is the creation of a four-year « European bachelor of liberal arts and sciences », taught in English at several EPICUR universities.
The digital transformation of teaching formats and the development of student mobility are also priorities: the challenge is to develop a new educational approach based on the concept of inclusive excellence.
By 2025, the new generation should be able to master at least two foreign languages. Multilingualism and inclusion should consolidate European linguistic diversity while ensuring access for all to university studies.
From the links anchored between the partner institutions, the EPICUR alliance was conceived in a logic of increasing interconnection with the aim of linking in the short term, their respective networks existing in higher education and research.