European University

    An alliance of ten universities educating through teaching, research and community engagement, towards inclusive societies.

  • UNIC Joint Master Programmes

    Be part of the future of European higher education - learn more about RePIC and SEOS, UNIC's path-breaking joint master's programmes.

  • Hybrid Campus

    Explore our state-of-the-art Blended Intensive Programs, initiatives towards virtual and physical mobility, and UNIC joint degrees.

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    UNIC Centre for City Futures

    Our “One-stop-shop” for universities to engage with cities and communities for transformative innovation

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    Seed Fund Initiative

    Supporting collaborative "Engaged Research" initiatives across our partner universities, sparking new ideas for tackling societal challenges in post-industrial cities

The University of the Future

UNIC, pronounced “unique”, is short for The European University of Cities in Post-Industrial Transition. We are an alliance of ten universities rooted in ten specific post-industrial urban ecosystems, dedicated to unlocking new models of European learning, working and researching that will shape the future of higher education.

  • UNIC has secured continued funding in the 2023 Erasmus+ Call

    With 10 Alliance partners, an expanded commitment to the university of the future, and support from the European Commission (EC) for the next four years, the European University of Cities in Post-Industrial Transition (UNIC) is ready to kickstart its second phase in October 2023.

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  • Read the UNIC Mission Statement

    As UNIC, we are connected by shared identity, vision and strategy. All ten universities operate in cities in postindustrial transition; our staff, researchers and students play a key role in the changing environment. We are connected by a commitment to foster transformative modes of teaching, research and learning that respond to the challenges faced by our cities. Increasingly superdiverse populations requires attention to inclusion and accessibility across this work.

    Together, we strive to promote common European values and strengthen European identity while working on institutional transformation of European higher education institutions.

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  • Presenting: the UNIC Virtual Mobility Declaration

    Virtual mobility represents an innovative leap in higher education by expanding internationalization opportunities, transcending geographical constraints, and fostering inclusive, sustainable, and technology- driven learning experiences. UNIC is dedicated to advancing virtual mobility, and this new declaration takes the first bold step.

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  • Call for Papers: The 2025 UNIC Thematic Conference

    We are delighted to announce the 1st UNIC Thematic Conference, which will be held from 7-9 May 2025 at Malmö University. The event will bring together leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to share insights, develop collaborative solutions, build bridges between research and innovative education and chart pathways toward more resilient and sustainable urban futures. The call for proposals, papers, panels and presentations is open now: deadline for abstracts is 11 November 2024!

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  • Semiha Denktaş appointed as UNIC’s new Alliance Coordinator

    Prof.dr. Semiha Denktaş has been appointed as UNIC’s new Alliance Coordinator by the Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She will take from founding coordinator Prof.dr. Peter Scholten, who is stepping down after a transformative run steering UNIC from the kernel of an idea to a flourishing pan-European alliance since 2018. After a short transition process, Prof. Scholten will hand over the baton to Prof. Denktaş on August 28, 2024. Professor Scholten will be stepping down after a transformative six-year run at the heart of UNIC, all the way from the alliance’s earliest concept meetings in 2018 and its founding in 2020 to its new phase in 2023. He was a key, pioneering force in forging UNIC’s identity, central to its emergence and journey towards building the European University of the future.

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