UNIC'S AMBITIONS

Co-creating a European collaborative structure for UNIC.

UNIC unites eight universities together and strives to be a new model for European Higher Education. The UNIC Institution is a co-creation between students and university staff, who join forces to identify and remove obstacles and barriers in order to improve inter-university collaboration and to actively and creatively pursue new opportunities for collaborations in research, learning and teaching and university-wide policies and administrative issues.

Enabling seamless mobility within UNIC to study, train, teach, do research, work or share services.

Our ambition is for students and university staff to be able to move seamlessly within and outside UNIC. We tailor this mobility to the superdiverse population of our universities. We develop a differentiated approach to mobility to enable different mobility forms (physical, virtual or blended) and different types of mobility (modular collaboration, individual exchange, joint/double degree programmes). This also includes a multi-lingual approach in which we provide language courses to expand the mobility of our students and staff and enable them to take part in daily life practices. We make European mobility accessible for a much broader and more diverse group of students than is currently the case.

Ensuring social inclusion in university life as well as in the broader context of superdiverse post-industrial cities.

Superdiversity is a great asset in today’s world, but it is only a first step towards inclusion. Fair inclusion means making everyone feel welcome and appreciated. It means understanding differences and using them to everyone’s advantage. UNIC takes inclusion to a higher level at our universities, based on the pooling of research and the education excellence of the partner universities in this area. This includes, but is not limited to, developing social and community engagement skills and learning about inclusion and diversity challenges through researching and working with excellent teachers and researchers in the fields of inclusion, diversity, social cohesion, social justice, equality and civil society through real-life urban case studies.

Contributing to the urban resilience of post-industrial cities by providing excellent education and research with a clear ambition to achieve societal impact.

Within UNIC we work together to impact post-industrial transformations by developing a core methodology for university-wide education and research. This includes bringing students to the city as well as bringing the challenges of post-industrial cities to our learning pedagogies through a challenge-based learning methodology. By excellent research on challenges and possibilities linked to urban transformations we create impact-by-design.