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What is STARS EU?

Higher education and research are crucial for society's ability to deal with the challenges that lie ahead. But today's higher education system risks becoming incompatible with a future characterized by increasingly automated, digitalized and flexible labor markets.

Europe's transition to a sustainable future requires new educational models, and that we reshape the research systems through both cooperation between universities and cooperation with the outside world, which is the driving force behind STARS EU.

The European Commission announced on 3 June 2023 that the application from the STARS EU Alliance to form a European University has been granted. As of November 2023, STARS EU is an official European university.

Do you want to know more about the European University Initiative? Read more here >>

STARS EU also an alliance

STARS EU began as an alliance between a number of European higher education institutions. A partnership agreement was signed in 2021 that ensures cooperation and joint development work for ten years. The alliance applied to become a European university and the application was approved by the European Commission in June 2023.

The European University project runs for four years, while the agreement between the partner universities extends over ten years.

The objectives of the alliance

The STARS EU general objective is to build an alliance of truly engaged universities and together become a future-oriented European University that will aim to achieve several goals. The partner Universities are linked in their desire to have a continued positive impact on the regional and local communities where they are situated, while at the same time building a strong transnational collaboration.   

Together we want to:

  • create a new generation of future-oriented students
  • deliver innovative, flexible, diverse and challenge-based educational and research systems
  • use the synergies of inter-regional collaboration
  • impact positively and substantially on sustainable regional and European development

STARS EU partners

Besides University West there are eight other partners in the Alliance: 

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Polytechnic Institute of Braganca, Portugal
Hochschule Bremen, Germany
Universidad de La Laguna, Spain 
Silesian University in Opava, Czechia
Cracow University of Technology, Poland
Université de Franche-Comté, France
Aleksandër Moisiu University, Albania

National partners

STARS EU focuses on regional development and cooperation with regional actors for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience.

University West's associated, national cooperation partners within STARS EU are: