Who we are

We are an European University alliance, co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme, between the University of Barcelona (coordinator), Trinity College Dublin, Utrecht University, the University of Montpellier and Eötvös Loránd University  Budapest. In CHARM-EU we work together to design and create a new university model to become a world example of good practice to increase the quality, international competitiveness and attractiveness of the European Higher Education landscape. 

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The diversity of educational systems but also differing geographical, regional, cultural, lingual, economic and historical perspectives/challenges of its CHARM-EU members contribute to consolidate the university of the future revealing our common goals on the path towards a more sustainable and inclusive future.

CHARM-EU represents a Challenge-Driven, Accessible, Research-based and Mobile model for the co-creation of a European University aligned with the European Values, the European Green Deal and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). 


The project application for CHARM-EU was accepted by the European Union in 2019. The CHARM European Universities Initiative was born in January 2019.  In December 2017, the European Council decided to stimulate new networks of European universities that aim to improve the international competitiveness of higher education institutions and to strengthen the feeling of European membership.  

The initiative, co-funded by the Erasmus + project, is designed to strengthen mobility of students and staff, and foster the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of European higher education. Developed together with Member States, higher education institutions and student organisations, the concept of the European Universities attracted applications from 54 alliances involving more than 300 higher education institutions from 28 Member States and other Erasmus+ Programme Countries. In the first call, out of the 54 proposals, 17 were accepted of which includes CHARM-EU.  

A total of 54 proposals were filed in this first call, 17 of which were accepted.  In 2020 the results of a second call have been published and now we are 41 alliances involving 279 higher education institutions working to test different models of the concept of European Universities and examine its potential to transform higher education.