The Alliance

  • University of Barcelona

    Since its foundation in 1450, the University of Barcelona (UB) has been a leading centre of education, science and critical thought. The quality of its teaching and research, which have won recognition both at the national and international level, complements the UB’s commitment to serving the interests of society, and combines with a demonstrably dynamic, constructive, and humanist character that permeates the daily activities of the institution.  With more than 72.000 students, around 6.000 teachers and researchers and more than 6 campuses, UB offers a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s and postgraduate courses covering the many disciplines that make up the principal branches of knowledge: humanities, health sciences, social sciences, experimental sciences, and engineering. UB has a strong international dimension which is reflected into its academic and research activity, including a variety of mobility and exchanges programmes.

    As a research institution, UB is among the leading European universities in the principal international rankings. It is the only Spanish university ranked among the 200 leading universities in the world and the 100 best universities in Europe. Its international leadership is notable in various networks such as League of European Research Universities (LERU) and as CHARM-EU coordinator. Thanks to its research progress, UB plays a predominant role in achieving scientific, technological, intellectual, and cultural progress in Catalonia, and the work of its researchers can be read in the most prestigious publications in the scientific community.

  • Trinity College Dublin

    At Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin we provide a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and all are encouraged to achieve their potential. We promote a diverse, interdisciplinary, inclusive environment which nurtures ground-breaking research, innovation, and creativity through engaging with issues of global significance. Located in a beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, Trinity is Ireland’s highest ranked university.  It is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines in the arts and humanities, and in business, law, engineering, science, and health sciences. Trinity’s tradition of independent intellectual inquiry has produced some of the world’s finest, most original minds including the writers Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett (Nobel laureate), the scientists William Rowan Hamilton and Ernest Walton (Nobel laureate), the political thinker Edmund Burke, and the former President of Ireland and UNHCR Mary Robinson. This tradition finds expression today in a campus culture of scholarship, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and dedication to societal reform.

  • Utrecht University

    Utrecht University is a wide-range, international research university of high standing. We have a strong connection to the city of Utrecht and our roots lie deep in the past (1636). Our interdisciplinary research targets four themes: Life Sciences, Pathways to Sustainability, Dynamics of Youth and Institutions for Open Societies. We are a trailblazer in the field of modernising educational concepts. Our student pass rate is high. The educational model at Utrecht University stands for personal and energising education, flexibility and freedom of choice for students, and continuous professional development for lecturers. Our teaching and research are strongly connected. We work together in tight communities. We believe diversity is important. All this provides us with a solid base from which to work with others around the globe on the societal issues of the future.

  • Eötvös Loránd University

    Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) – in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations – is a prestigious institution of public higher education in Hungary, operating continuously since its establishment in 1635. As a top-ranked research university in Hungary, it is the most popular higher education institution among applicants as well as alma mater of five Nobel laureates and leading figures in technology, public policy, and culture in the country. ELTE has widespread international relations. It holds bilateral agreements for cooperation and exchange with top-ranked higher education institutions worldwide, and is an active member of prestigious international university networks.

  • University of Montpellier

    Created in 2015 through the merger of University Montpellier 1 and University Montpellier 2, the University of Montpellier (UM) draws from the excellence and synergy of these two institutions. It is reminiscent of the multi-disciplinary approach taken by the first university established in Montpellier in 1289 as a secular and international university. For eight centuries, renowned scholars and scientists, from Rabelais and Curie, to Renaudot, Chaptal and Grothendieck, have been shaping this open university. It is deeply embedded into the life of the city and committed to the key challenges of its time.Today, the University of Montpellier brings together an extensive community of knowledge, from science, technology, medicine and environmental sciences, to educational sciences, economics, management, law and political science. It is involved in a strategic global initiative aiming at making Montpellier one of the European capitals for Health and Agro-environment.