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ATHENA European University

ATHENA European University was formally established with the aim of creating a new generation focused on society's challenges

The public presentation of ATHENA European University, a transnational project led by the Politécnico do Porto, took place on January 20th, 2021. The three-year project has a total budget of over six million euros and, by 2025, the prospect is that ATHENA will be implemented as a federation of universities that, without identity loss, benefit from common goals.

Politécnico do Porto ATHENA's partners are the Hellenic Mediterranean University (Greece), the University of Siegen (Germany), the University of Maribor (Slovenia), the University Niccolò Cusano (Italy), the University of Orléans (France) and the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania) - which together hold more than 120.000 students. The ultimate goal is for ATHENA to become an inter-university campus around where students (from undergraduate to doctoral), staff, faculty, and researchers can move seamlessly.

The consortium led by the Politécnico do Porto was one of those selected to be part of the 41 European Universities around which students, employees and researchers can circulate without barriers, an initiative launched by the European Commission (EC) to foster cooperation between higher education institutions in the European Union (EU).

The EC proposed the European Universities initiative to EU leaders during the Gothenburg Social Summit, back in November 2017, as part of an overall vision for creating a European Education Area by 2025. The project involves some 280 higher education institutions from all member states located, not only in capitals, but in more remote European regions. Each alliance comprises an average of seven higher education institutions.

Under the banner of the Advanced Technology Higher Education Network, ATHENA aims to address current and future challenges of transnational, inclusive, innovative education, permanently aligned with global market needs, addressing social and environmental challenges as well as European research priorities.

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