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Erasmus+ grants millions to UiA

UiA will receive about 22 million NOK from the EU over the next four years as a member of the European University Alliance FORTHEM. Solving society’s future challenges is a central part of the collaboration.  

UiA Rector Sunniva Whittaker signed the agreement with FORTHEM together with Georg Krausch, Johannes Gutenberg University, Carles Padilla Carmona, University of Valencia og Keijo Hämäläinen, University of Jyväskylä in the autumn of 2021.

UiA will receive about 22 million NOK from the EU as a member of the European University Alliance FORTHEM. The photo is from 2021 when UiA Rector Sunniva Whittaker signed the agreement with FORTHEM together with Georg Krausch, Johannes Gutenberg University, Carles Padilla Carmona, University of Valencia og Keijo Hämäläinen, University of Jyväskylä.

“We are very happy about this decision, and it is important for our international engagement at UiA. We have made a strong contribution to the application, and will lead one of the largest projects in FORTHEM for the next four years. FORTHEM has a strategy that matches UiA well, including co-creation, student-active learning, student democracy, career orientation and regional engagement,” says Sunniva Whittaker, Rector of UiA.  

Granted by the EU-Commission 

More than 220,000 students and almost 30,000 employees from nine universities from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Finland, Poland, Latvia, Romania and Norway make up the FORTHEM European University Alliance.  

The alliance has received about 140 million NOK from the EU’s Erasmus+ program for the upcoming four years. Funding is granted by the EU Commission and FORTHEM is one of 20 alliances to receive funding as a part of this year’s call.   

“If you look at Europe's higher education institutions individually, you will see that each one of them is a centre of knowledge and innovation in its own right. By linking them and creating transnational alliances, we allow them to become European Champions of knowledge; to grow even further through cooperation on education, research and innovation,” says Margaritis Schinas, vice-presidents of the EU Commission. 

Regional cooperation 

Close collaboration between each university and its surrounding region is one of the hallmarks of FORTHEM. This provides opportunities for the development of international projects with industry, the volunteer sector and the public sector.  

“We have a strong desire to involve our partners in the private and public sectors in Agder in our international cooperation,” says Whittaker.  

Read more about FORTHEM here: https://www.forthem-alliance.eu/