European Universities Transforming into an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050

Eutopia European University

The project

Ca’ Foscari is the only Italian university to have joined EUTOPIA (European Universities Transforming into an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050), an alliance of 10 European universities who share a vision and collaborate to build the universities of the future.

In 2019, EUTOPIA was one of the first European university alliances to obtain funding through the European Universities Initiative (Erasmus +, Key Action 2: Cooperation among organisations and institutions — Partnerships for Excellence). These transnational alliances have two main objectives: to increase the international competitiveness of European universities, and to contribute to the strengthening of the European identity.

The EUTOPIA alliance is daring, enthusiastic, and on a mission to develop innovative pedagogical models that extend beyond national borders. The universities in the alliance are student-centred and committed to reinforcing social cohesion by focussing on excellence and inclusion. EUTOPIA supports challenge-driven research and teaching; it promotes the awareness and empowerment of European graduates; it encourages the mobility of people and ideas, to stimulate debates and involvement. EUTOPIA’s partners share values such as integrity, academic freedom, sharing of knowledge, and openness to the international community.

The project is currently in the middle of a three-year pilot phase which is the launch of the universities of the future. The new contribution of the Erasmus+ programme of the  European Commission (EACEA), which the consortium will apply for, would provide funds to EUTOPIA for 2022-2026 and 2026-2028. But the alliance looks ahead as far as 2050.

EUTOPIA in the short term

The pilot project includes seven key areas, each with a specific aim:

  • Governance and management: to create a governance structure and strategy at a European level
  • Education: to create a wide Learning Community
  • Research: to establish a common set of Knowledge Creation Communities
  • Place-making: to promote place-making in policy and practice
  • Inclusion: to promote societal inclusion in policy and practice
  • Internationalisation: to promote cooperation and international projects
  • Communication and Sustainability: to promote sustainability and dissemination in policy and practice
EUTOPIA’s mid-term mission

By 2025 EUTOPIA will establish the foundations of a federated university. This project has five main objectives:

  • To promote a sense of European citizenship within the university community
  • To build truly contemporary universities
  • To turn university programmes even more European
  • To strengthen the transformative effect of universities by promoting the relationship between universities, their territory and the environment
  • To serve as an example for other universities in Europe and the world in terms of resilience and ability to face 21st-century challenges


EUTOPIA’s long-term objective is the creation of a fully federated inter-university campus alliance by 2050. This alliance will be oriented towards future challenges and student-centred, committed to the potentiality of Europe’s regions and to the principles of openness and inclusion


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Eutopia European University

EUTOPIA: the universities of the alliance

EUTOPIA is coordinated by the University of Ljubljana and includes the University of Warwick, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris Université, University of Gothenburg, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Technische Universität Dresden, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, University of Babeș-Bolyai.

University of Ljubljana
University of Warwick
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
CY Cergy Paris Université
University of Gothenburg
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Technische Universität Dresden
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
University of Babeș-Bolyai

Opportunities, events and news

EUTOPIA Student Think Tank: make your voice heard

The EUTOPIA alliance has launched the EUTOPIA Student Think Tank (EUSTT), a platform that allows students to share their knowledge and research. Read on to discover how you can contribute!



EUTOPIA Week 2021: first 'live' meeting of the Alliance

A year and a half after the launch of EUTOPIA, the representatives of the 10 universities of the alliance met in person for the first time in Barcelona, from 22 to 26 November 2021. 

Ca' Foscari joins the EUTOPIA European University network

The international alliance, funded by the European Commission, is aimed at strengthening the international competitivity of European universities and creating a new model for higher education in Europe.

Last update: 14/09/2022