The Europaeum Mission

The Europaeum was founded in 1992 as an association of European universities, with a mission to:

  • promote excellence in academic research and teaching collaboration between Europaeum partners;
  • act as an open academic network linking Europaeum partners and other bodies in the joint pursuit of study;
  • serve as a resource for the general support and promotion of European studies;
  • provide opportunities for the joint pursuit of new pan-European initiatives;
  • explore new ways and new roles for universities to fulfill their many roles in the new Learning Age;
  • develop a ‘pool of talent’ to carry out research and inquiry into problems and questions confronting Europe today and tomorrow;
  • help train and educate future leaders for a new Europe.

Europaeum programmes include research projects, annual conferences and student summer schools, lectures, joint teaching programmes, public debates, staff mobility schemes, linked scholarship schemes, and a developing knowledge platform.

The Europaeum Vision

As the pace of European integration accelerates, decision-makers, opinion-formers, politicians and citizens in European countries increasingly need to ‘think European’, to transcend national perspectives and empathise with a European mix of national and international cultures.

To meet that challenge, 10 leading European university institutions – Oxford, Leiden, Bologna, Bonn, Paris I, Geneva (Graduate Institute of International Studies), Prague (Charles), Madrid (Complutense), Helsinki and Krakow (Jagiellonian) – have jointly set up an association designed to serve as an ‘international university without walls’, in which future scholars and leaders of our new Europe will have an opportunity to share common learning and confront common concerns together, from a formative age and throughout their active lives.

The Europaeum exists to foster collaborative research and teaching, to provide opportunities for scholars, leaders, academics and graduates, to stage conferences, summer schools and colloquia, and to enable leading figures from the worlds of business, politics and culture to take part in transnational and interdisciplinary dialogue with the world of scholarship.

The Founding and Development of the Europaeum

From left to right – Grierson, Weidenfeld, Pulzer, Prince Hans Adam, Sir Peter North – former VC of OxfordFrom left to right – Grierson, Weidenfeld, Pulzer, Prince Hans Adam, Sir Peter North – former VC of Oxford

The Europaeum was conceived in the early 1990s by Lord (George) Weidenfeld and Sir Ronald Grierson to give future young scholars and leaders the chance to meet, discuss, and develop together a real ‘sense of Europe’. The Europaeum was to be the framework within which a group of leading European universities would strive, together, in search of new kinds of pan-European thinking, linking the brightest academic minds and young scholars. It was also conceived as an autonomous and free-thinking body that would seek to add to the sum of knowledge and ideas in the ‘new’ Europe. Its development can be split into four phases: a successful launch period, an important period of consolidation, a phase of innovation, and now a phase of extension.