UNICA - Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe
UNICA is a network of 46 universities from 35 capital cities of Europe, with a combined strength of over 150,000 staff and 1,800,000 students. Its role is to promote academic excellence, integration and co-operation between member universities throughout Europe.
To achieve its aims UNICA articulates the views of member universities to European institutions and to national, regional and municipal governments. It provides the members with information on European initiatives and programmes, and supports them in co-operative projects. It also provides a forum in which universities can reflect on the demands of strategic change in university research, education and administration.
Only HEI that offer doctoral programmes can be UNICA members. Its role is to promote academic excellence, integration and co-operation between member universities throughout Europe. It seeks also to be a driving force in the development of the Bologna Process and the Lisbon Strategy, as well as to facilitate the integration of universities from Central and Eastern Europe into the European Higher Education Area. UNICA is a collective associate member of European University Association (EUA) and the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), an independent service of EUA dedicated to doctoral education. In the framework of its EUA-CDE membership, UNICA organises UNICA PhD Master Class.
What is UNICA's contribution to the project?
UNICA will be the project coordinator, will take care of the administrative and financial management, and will be the main reference for communication with all the partners and the EACEA. UNICA will organise the first consortium meeting in Brussels and will also coordinate the dissemination workpackage. Based on its experience and contacts, and seizing its European-wide character, UNICA will provide a forum for exchanging ideas and good practices, therefore for disseminating the results of the project through its different working groups (Doctoral education, IROs, Bologna Lab, etc.). UNICA will also facilitate the implementation of activities through its structures, and assure the quality of its outcomes thanks to its direct access to experts in doctoral studies.