ENHANCE, the European Universities of Technology Alliance, brings together ten leading European research-intensive universities with a focus on science and technology. Rooted in European values, our Alliance of European Universities of Technology will turn global challenges into opportunities by empowering people with knowledge and competencies in science and technology, to drive responsible transformation for the benefit of society.

 

 

 

ENHANCE offers a geographical network that covers all aspects of European reality and includes many different perspectives on discourse and research on pressing global issues such as climate change, sustainability and urban development:

 

  • From Spain to Poland, from Norway to Italy: ENHANCE spans across the continent
  • Universities in Metropolitan areas
  • Institutions at coastal/remote in-land locations
  • Partners with a long industrial tradition
  • Universities with a strong emphasis on agriculture

MISSION

ENHANCE is committed to inclusive and sustainable research and education. It applies inter- and transdisciplinary approaches of co-creation and knowledge exchange to tackle the world‘s most pressing problems.

To unlock our greatest potential, we allow the boundaries within our ten- member universities and society to become permeable. ENHANCE will ensure that education and research have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact. Our Alliance will help build a joint European sphere of knowledge, adhering to the highest standards of best practices in teaching and research, inclusiveness and diversity.

VISION

We envision a world where scientists and students work closely with society to develop constructive solutions that tackle our world ‘s most pressing challenges. A crucial driver of this synergy is the European University, which fosters a common values-based European identity, transcending national borders. The European University enables mobility, exchange, and drives innovation, inclusion, equality, digitalisation, creativity, and responsibility. ENHANCE is working towards a flourishing ecosystem for high-quality higher education in Europe, with an international appeal for students and staff and a strong connection with society and European values.

VALUES

The European values referred to in the Treaty of Lisbon form the basis for all activities within the ENHANCE Alliance
to create common European education and research

Equality and human rights for all citizens are the basis for European integration, underpinning all policy and encompassing all areas. Educational opportunities and exchanges within the European University should be accessible to all, regardless of economic background, special needs or family circumstances. Our ombudsperson for diversity will ensure that these factors are considered in all our activities.

Freedom of thought, autonomy and critical thinking skills are crucial to the development of technology and science in the service of humanity. A student-centred, challenge-based approach to learning will enhance critical thinking and enable progress and innovation. Enhanced freedom of movement between our institutions will foster a common European identity among all members of the Alliance.

In order to ensure democratic procedures, ENHANCE endorses a participatory governance structure and decision-making process characterised by openness, mutual respect and broad participation of relevant groups, which include all members of the university as well as organisations representing the interest of society. Students, as the main stakeholders of the ENHANCE Alliance, have a powerful voice in the governance structure and are co-creators of the educational offers.

The value and dignity of the human being must be at the centre. Our ENHANCE education strategy will ensure that respect for the individual forms the basis for all our teaching, learning, research and administration.

ENHANCE builds on the rule of law as a cornerstone of our society. Our cooperation is based on a clear set of rules, focused on the creation of a transparent system that provides students with information and certainty regarding the academic recognition process.

To achieve the ENHANCE vision, we will focus on three pilot topics that reflect our common and complementary research strengths, regional priorities and contribute to the European Commission’s priorities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action. Based on these pilot topics, we will develop new models of European cross-disciplinary and co-creative education and research as well as sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation.