EGTC “Eucor – The European Campus” is the first EGTC to consist solely of universities: it was founded on 9 December 2015 by the Universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace, Strasbourg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
By acquiring the legal status of an EGTC, the Eucor universities wish to promote cross-border cooperation between higher education institutions in the tri-national Upper Rhine region. The EGTC serves as an instrument for the universities to raise their profile and enhance their standing in the European and international competition for funding, students and researchers. best minds and ideas.
With the expertise and potential of 15,000 researchers and 11,000 PhD-candidates as well as 115,000 students the alliance expands into a science and research area without walls and borders and with an international reach. The five partner universities have a total budget of 2.3 billion euros.
The objectives of the EGTC are the following:
1) joint planning for strategy, structure and development;
2) defining a shared research profile and shared procurement of funding;
3) joint appointment of high-ranking academic personnel;
4) further development and marketing of study programs;
5) developing innovative and internationally competitive pilot study programs;
6) improving the cross-border transition of Eucor university graduates to the regional employment market;
7) facilitating the mobility of students and researchers within the European Campus;
8) establishing a joint corporate image of the European Campus.
The EGTC is originally an instrument to commonly manage EU structural funds. This function also applies to the EGTC Eucor - The European Campus, which aims to apply for European grants. However, the grants aimed at are not only ESIF (like Interreg), but also funds from other European public policies, i.e. research and education. The EGTC is thus not only an added value for the implementation of cohesion policy but also for the policies targeting the European Research Area.
The EGTC may apply for further Interreg funds, in the Upper Rhine Program or in the Interreg Europe program. However, since the EGTC is carried by universities, the focus is clearly on European funds in the field of research and education.
No specific obstacles can be mentioned so far. However, for funds in the Horizon 2020 programme, the EGTC wants to overcome the three member countries rule. In fact, since the EGTC was created by universities coming from two member countries and from Switzerland, the EGTC could therefore cover three countries when applying for EU funds as a lead partner. However, if this rule did not apply, the attractivity of the EGTC instrument would suffer and research labs could eventually doubt the added value of an application for EU-funds through the EGTC.
Through the Interreg-VA-Upper Rhine Project "Eucor - The European Campus", the EGTC develops a common strategic development plan for the European Campus. This will allow the strategic relevance of the cross-border perspective for each of the five member universities. In terms of sustainability, the availability of highly qualified human capital on a cross-border scale can thus be assured in the long run and is the basis for economic growth for the region.
In the short run, the EGTC plans to develop joint calls for researchers in order to finance projects in the fields of research and education. In the long run, the EGTC also wishes to provide common research infrastructures for all five member universities.
There is no specific implication of the EGTC in macro-regions. However, there are contacts to other cross-border regions, which cooperate in the field of higher education and research, such as the Greater Region or the border region between France and Spain.
The EGTC already incorporates the University of Basel (Switzerland). Other higher education or research institutions on the part of Switzerland, which is located in the Upper rhine region, can also join the EGTC, if the Assembly and the public authorities of the member universities approve.
Challenges or issues
Several "business models" for the EGTC have to be developed. This will take place within the strategy meeting in May 2017. One option could be to offer joint higher education or training programmes through the EGTC, mainly those oriented to students from outside the EU. Another option could be the development of a joint knowledge and technology transfer office for promoting research applications and supporting their viability on the market.
Staff (in FTE)
No staff directly hired in 2016