The European Alliance on Sustainable Mobility (ERASMob) is a network founded by seven European universities in 2021. Its aim is to create one European, multilingual and inter-campus university for sustainable mobility. An innovative approach of cross-sectoral cooperation is being developed so that all universities will benefit from synergy effects in education, research and innovation activities. This prepares these institutions to adequately address the socio-economic challenges in the fields of sustainability, environment and professional and cultural transformation, which Europe will have to face in the next years and decades. To do so, the network will involve all sectors including industry, politics and society. Currently, the network is preparing a common proposal for the next Erasmus+ tender offer.
The presidents of the seven universities, comprising the ERASMob network, met for a first online-meeting in May 2021. (more)
Led by Université Clermont Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand, France), ERASMob brings together three comprehensive universities and four technical universities from seven different European countries: Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (Regensburg, Germany), Vives University of Applied Sciences (Brugge, Belgium), Panepistimio Ioanninon (Ioannina, Greece), Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool (Tallinn, Estonia), Høgskulen på Vestlandet (Bergen, Norway) and Universitatea Ovidius din Constanta (Constanta, Romania).
ERASMob aims at detecting and seizing synergies in the fields of education, research and innvoation to address the pending challenge to make mobility more sustainable. This goal should be achieved in four steps:
Start a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness for sustainable mobility concepts, solutions and current impediments. The campaign addresses all researchers, staff members and students and allows a continuous transfer to the public society.
Swiftly introduce integrative programs which represent the founding for a systematic cooperation between all partners (universities, cities, companies and civil society).
Further intensify the cooperation on both local and transnational areas.
Define and implement systematic cooperation, which has a strong socio-economic impact, allows for new methods and procedures and enables societal change („scaling up the transformation“).
The ERASmob network has been established within the framework of the Erasmus+ European Universities initiative, which aims to create transnational alliances of higher education institutions across the EU. European Universities promote the idea of the „university of the future“ as well as European values and an European identity. Adding to that, the European universities should revolutionise both quality and competitivity of education, research and innovation. Based on two calls in 2019 and 2020, the European Commission has validated several kinds of cooperation between European universities. 41 alliances have by now been approved.
The main objectives of European universities are
- to create one multilingual inter-campus university,
- to concentrate expertise, platforms and resources, in order to provide common curricula or units for various disciplines and create pan-European synergy effects in the fields of education, research and innovation and
- to make European universities contribute to a sustainable economic development in their respective regions by cooperating with socio-economic players like companies, public authorities, professional classes etc.).
An alliance, which aims to be an European university, must meet the following requirements:
- Involve partners from different types of universities all over Europe
- Have a long-term strategy, which is oriented on sustainability, excellence and European values
- Offer curricula for an European campus, in which students can contribute to own programs und be mobile in all phases of their studies
- Bring together students, scientists and external partners in variable interdisciplinary teams, to tackle the greatest problems, Europe has to deal with
- Develop common research and innovation activities within the alliance