What is eMERGE?
For 2022, the EU Commission announced 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 partnered with seven other European universities to found the eMERGE university network. The network is coordinated by the University of Limerick in Ireland.
The eMERGE vision
Despite being far from the center of Europe, 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 teaching, learning and research that engages students, staff, and the wider society. The alliance promotes a transformative and sustainable educational approach that gives students a personalized educational journey, preparing them to effectively address global challenges.
Current and planned activities include, for example, developments in virtual mobility and 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 Research Hubs and Labs. A hub 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?
- University of Limerick, Ireland (UL) (Project coordination)
- Rennes 2 University, France (UR2)
- University of Southern Brittany, France (UBS)
- University of Burgos, Spain (UBU)
- Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway (INN)
- Matej Bel University, Slovakia (UMB)
- Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus (NUP)
- Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany (EUF)
If you would like to get involved in the internationalization of either research (for example, in a Research Hub) or teaching within the context of eMERGE, you are welcome to contact us.
- For general questions about eMERGE: Dr. Thomas Duttle, Coordinator International Cooperation and Virtual Mobility
- For questions about internationalization: Marita McGrory, Senior Advisor for European and International Affairs, or Prof. Dr. Ulrich Glassmann, Vice President for European and International Affairs
- eMERGE and research: Dr. Maria Schwab
- eMERGE and university teaching: Dr. Kathrin Rheinländer
- eMERGE and virtual mobility/virtual exchange/distance learning: Dr. Thomas Duttle
- eMERGE and the student forum: AStA