Excellence vs cohesion: what’s the goal of European university alliances?

07 Mar 2024 | News

From initially ‘reproducing the existing hierarchy’ researchers find the cross-border alliances are becoming increasingly inclusive of different institutions. Here’s why that’s important

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With the European University Alliances initiative set to expand to 60 alliances this year, its membership should be becoming increasingly diverse.

In a recent paper analysing what kind of institutions have joined the EU-funded alliances, Agata Lambrechts and Marco Cavallaro from the University of Lugano found a good geographical spread but noted a lack of diversity, with the early alliances “largely reproducing the…