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Towards a European University and a European LAS Bachelor Program

Eight Universities in six countries successfully joined forces for the "European Universities" call from the European Commission. The consortium EPICUR (European Partnership for Innovative Campus Unifying Regions) is now a pilot project for the European University of the future and has received € 5 millions to design and implement innovative teaching and learning infrastructure and formats – formats that are geared to the new generation of European citizens, to face the great societal challenges of the Europe of tomorrow.

EPICUR – Mission and Partners

The project's pilot phase consists of several action programs, such as

  • promoting multilingualism and inclusive governance (Work Package 2)
  • implementing innovative Liberal Education based methods of learning and teaching for the European citizens of tomorrow (Work Package 3)
  • establishing an interuniversity campus, using a student and staff-centered approach (Work Package 4)
  • strengthening and connecting regions through a European University (Work Package 5)

The EPICUR alliance includes of eight partners and provides a European-wide campus for 307,000 students: 

Liberal Education in EPICUR

EPICUR places "Liberal Arts and Sciences Education" at the center of its endeavor. Important institutional starting points are the Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs at the University Colleges of Amsterdam and Freiburg. Together with students, we will design and implement interdisciplinary, collaborative teaching and learning formats during the EPICUR pilot phase 2020-2022, e.g.:

  • joint and parallel courses, summer schools, and excursions
  • student-run initiatives and exchange formats
  • instructor training and faculty development
  • EPICUR study tracks in "Natural and Societal Sustainability" and "European Identities"

Furthermore, our partners in Poznań will implement a Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at the Adam-Mickiewicz University and we will jointly work towards disseminating Liberal Education elements into other study programs. A long-term EPICUR objective is the development of a "European Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences", taught in English at and across several partner universities. 

More information on the EPICUR website and the University of Freiburg PR page.


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