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European University initiative success at SCSS2019 July 3

Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University have been successful in the first round of European University funding.

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor (26/06/2019) welcomed the announcement of the first round of successful applicants in the European University initiative.

“I am delighted that two of our Higher Education Institutions are members of successful consortia in this first round of the European Universities Initiative and I would like to congratulate the teams on this significant achievement.”

Both Trinity College Dublin, as a member of the CHARM European University (Challenge-driven, Accessible, Research-based, Mobile) and Dublin City University, as a member of the ECIU University (European Consortium of Innovative Universities) have been selected for the first round of pilot projects under the European Universities initiative.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor went on to say: “We are at an exciting time in the evolution of the higher education system – integrated teaching, learning and research across borders is now a reality.  Students and learners of the future will truly be able to leverage the advantages of European partnerships across the member states.

“We must remember that these partnerships are the trailblazers in the European Universities initiative. There will be further calls for funding into the future. I agree with the European Commission when they say that there were only winners and future winners in this first call and I would encourage those who tried and those who did not try on this occasion to progress proposals for the second pilot call later in 2019.”

The CHARM-EU consortium consists of Trinity College with partners Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), the University of Barcelona (Spain), the University of Montpellier (France) and Utrecht University (Netherlands) focusing strategically on trying to rethink the role of Europe in the World as it faces one of the main global challenges in the 21st century: Reconciling Humanity with the Planet. It will achieve this through a transformative, truly European educational experience with a focus on mobility and inclusion through an innovative, challenge-driven, student-centred, and self-directed teaching model that integrates research, teaching and innovation.

The project is being hosted at TCD at the School of Computer Science and Statistics with Tim Savage, Assistant Professor of Computer Science as the Principal Investigator and Jake Byrne, Assistant Professor in the School of Education as the co-Principal Investigator.

Source:  Department of Education and Skills ,


Posted by Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistisc, Trinity College Dublin

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