The EMERGE University Network: European Margins Engaging for Regional and Global Empowerment

What is EMERGE?

In 2022, the EU Commission has published the third round of the "European Universities Initiative" (EUI) funding line under the Erasmus+ program. "European Universities" are university alliances that aim to combine the strengths and diversity of European research and teaching in new structures, in order to address the challenges that Europe is facing. The aim is to create an outstanding European educational area, as well as to strengthen international competitiveness and improve the attractiveness of European universities in the fields of education, research and innovation. In this context, Europa-Universität Flensburg has joined forces with seven strategic partner universities to found the EMERGE university alliance. The network is coordinated by the University of Limerick (Ireland).

The EMERGE vision

Despite being far from the European center or the national centers respectively, EMERGE alliance institutions hold European ideals and values as central. The goal is to increase the integration and engagement of and with the European periphery, and to create a model of excellence in the fields of teaching and learning, research as well as languages and cultures that engages students, staff, and the wider society. The alliance promotes a transformative and sustainable educational approach that offers students a personalized educational journey, preparing them to effectively address global challenges.

Our core concept of "productive and creative peripheries" is presented in our short EMERGE film.


Current and planned activities include, for example, developments in virtual mobility and virtual exchange, applications for collaborative project funding with Erasmus+ Key Action 2 in the area of the internationalization of teaching, and the establishment of so-called Inno'Campuses. An Inno'Campus is an international platform for research and networking activities, joint third-party funding applications, publications, and events. There is also a staff exchange (Staff Weeks) and a forum for student representatives from the participating universities.

What are the cooperation universities?

Contact persons

If you would like to get involved in the internationalization of either research (for example, in an Inno'Campus) or teaching within the context of EMERGE, you are welcome to contact us.

The official EMERGE internet site is: