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The University of Pisa joins the Circle U. Alliance



The University of Pisa joins the Circle U. Alliance

The University of Pisa becomes part of the Circle U. Alliance, where the University of Oslo already participates together with seven prestigious European universities. The Circle U. Alliance is a European university alliance that includes the following universities: University of Aarhus (Denmark), Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), King's College London (UK), University of Paris (France), University of Belgrade (Serbia), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Oslo (Norway) and University of Vienna (Austria), that now joined together with the University of Pisa.

Since its launch in November 2020, the alliance partners have been cooperating with the goal of creating an inclusive, interdisciplinary and strongly research-oriented European university by 2025. European universities are real strategic partnerships, which in the perspective of the European Commission will have to build the universities of the future, promoting European values ​​and identity and improving the quality and international competitiveness of higher education in Europe.

"It is a great honor for our University to join the Circle U. alliance - commented Rector Paolo Maria Mancarella - Since the first contacts we have fully shared the inspiring principles of the alliance and its objectives. We are convinced that participation in the Circle U. alliance, also given the prestige of the universities involved, will offer new great opportunities to students and researchers of the University of Pisa, strengthening the role of our University in the European Research and Higher Education Area".

"We are entering a very important new phase for the development of our alliance - says Svein Stølen, Rector of the University of Oslo and President of Circle U., commenting on the participation of the University of Pisa - Tomorrow, students from Aarhus, Belgrade, Berlin, London, Leuven, Paris and Oslo, but also academics, researchers and staff members, will have even more opportunities to collaborate, innovate, co-create with their colleagues from Pisa”.

With the participation of the universities of Pisa and Vienna, the Circle U. network includes almost half a million students and about 65,000 teachers and technical/administrative staff. The shared mission is to strengthen the links between teaching, research, innovation and society to respond to the great global challenges of today and tomorrow, initially focusing on the issues of democracy, climate change and global health. The official signing ceremony will take place on 28 January 2022 at the Norwegian Mission to the European Union in Brussels, with the attendance of European partners and key players, national and regional.


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