27 July 2022

Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) continues to be among the best European Universities Initiatives

YUFE is delighted to announce that our application in response to the 2022 Erasmus+ European Universities call has been selected for funding worth €14.4m with a score of 92/100! This is a major milestone for the YUFE Alliance, which continues to be a frontrunner among European Universities. As proud leader of the YUFE Alliance, Maastricht University considers this to be yet another step towards emphasising our identity as the most European university of the Netherlands.

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During the first phase (December 2019 - November 2022), many important actions contributing to this vision were piloted and many lessons were learned. The second phase of the YUFE initiative (December 2022 - November 2026) will focus on:

  • Upscaling, deepening and further developing the activities and services designed so far.
  • Re-modelling those activities that proved less successful, to better fit the needs of our target groups.

YUFE’s unique strength lies in our shared values, our history of effective collaboration and the concrete progress that we are making, which has given us the reputation of being one of the frontrunners among European Universities Initiatives. We are pursuing our joint ambition to establish a more equitable, flexible, diverse and societally impactful European higher education and research system by strengthening structural collaboration between academic institutions, the world of work, the non-profit sector, decision-makers and civil society through our YUFE quadruple helix.

This grant from the European Commission will give the YUFE Alliance a boost, enabling us to make another major step in our pioneering work, which is translating the dream of a true European University into an institutional reality that crosses borders, cultures, disciplines and sectors.
Daniela Trani

Reactions from Rianne Letschert and Daniela Trani

In the words of Professor Rianne Letschert, Chair of the YUFE Alliance and President of Maastricht University, which leads the consortium:

“Maastricht University is highly committed to the internationalisation of higher education, which will benefit our students and staff as well as local communities and the business ecosystems of which we are part. During the first pilot phase, we experienced the added value and benefits from strong collaboration with our partners in the YUFE Alliance. This grant will allow us to continue working with all YUFE partners towards a true European Higher Education Area.”

As Dr. Daniela Trani, Director of the YUFE Alliance at Maastricht University, says:

“This grant from the European Commission will give the YUFE Alliance a boost, enabling us to make another major step in our pioneering work, which is translating the dream of a true European University into an institutional reality that crosses borders, cultures, disciplines and sectors. We are grateful for the commitment of all our partners and want to acknowledge the efforts of all students and staff who show every day that they believe in our joint European vision. Looking ahead to the coming years, YUFE will consolidate the programmes and activities it has launched while scaling up its ambitions to provide more opportunities for all members of our academic and local communities. Inspiring other institutions and alliances will also continue to be at the centre of our work, as we believe that building capacity beyond our European University will be key for systematic impact.”