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Commission mulling more money for European Universities Initiative

Erasmus+ calls could bolster first waves of alliances, while new ones could also be funded

The European Commission is looking at using funding from the EU’s €26.2 billion academic training and mobility programme, Erasmus+, to bolster the cross-border university alliances the bloc has supported under its European Universities Initiative.

Up to €7 million has been awarded, in two waves, to each of 41 pilot alliances, to support cooperation on research and higher education initiatives such as joint campuses, qualifications and posts. But Europe’s higher education community has repeatedly warned that the funding will not be enough to realise policymakers’ ambitions for the initiative.

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