Seven higher education institutions join the European University Association
The European University Association (EUA) has welcomed seven new members and three affiliates, the association announced.
Universities that have joined EUA as individual full members include:
- University of Georgia (Georgia)
- University of Hohenheim (Germany)
- Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece)
- University of the Republic of San Marino (San Marino)
- University of Aston (UK)
- University of Essex (UK)
In addition, the EUA Council approved the application of the University of Nicosia in Cyprus to become a full individual member. This university has previously held individual associate members.
The association also welcomed the University of Mitrovica “Isa Boletini” located in Kosovo as an individual associate member.
In the meantime, the three new affiliates that have joined EUA are:
- European Universities in Egypt (Egypt)
- Mediterranean College (Greece)
- Malta Higher and Higher Education Authority (Malta)
EUA offers four categories of membership and the possibility of “affiliate” status, such as:
- Individual Full Members – universities that conduct research, offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, receive direct public funding, or have been operating for five years continuously.
- Individual Associate Members – higher education institutions that award degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level but do not meet the search criteria for Individual Membership.
- Collective full members – national rectors’ conferences that represent universities in a country.
- Collective Associate Members – European networks of universities or other higher education institutions demonstrating “sufficiently broad European representation”.
- Affiliates – organizations in Europe and others interested in European partnerships in higher education.
“Candidates must be located in one of the signatory countries of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe. Affiliate status is open to organizations worldwide. EUA notes on its website.
The EUA recently suspended the membership of 12 Russian universities, which have shown support for Russia’s actions against Ukraine.
According to the EUA, the Russian Union of Rectors (RUR), representing Russian universities, opposes the European values to which they subscribed by deciding to join the EUA.
RUR had issued a statement saying that it is important to support the Russian military and the president, who made a necessary decision.
EUA has also urged the leaders of its member universities and national rectors’ conferences to pursue collaborations only with organizations in Russia that are committed to European values.
EUA is the largest association of European universities, representing over 850 universities and 33 national rectors’ conferences in some 48 countries in Europe are part of EUA. The association helps its member universities shape their future.