Four key principles

EUTOPIA is a challenge-led, student-centred, place-based, inclusive alliance of entrepreneurial, change focused universities. In conjunction with our partners and collaborators, EUTOPIA will be characterised by these four key principles:

Geared towards the challenges of the future
Our alliance will be challenge-drive to prepare students and staff as European citizens and lifelong learners who care and act for the future of the planet and humanity.

Student-centred and student-empowering
Our alliance will provide transformative and open learning opportunities, and extended horizons of expectation and ability, both across Europe and throughout the world. 

Attentive to the plurality, potentiality and international pre-eminence of Europe’s regions
Our alliance will build on its place-making strengths, connecting cultures and contexts in order to enhance European capability and creativity, and support the international pre-eminence of European innovation and influence. 

Committed to the principles of openness and inclusion
Our alliance will foster and support knowledge co-creation, by building open resources and collaborative platforms, endorsing open science agendas, and sponsoring the access, mobility and inclusivity mechanisms that liberate our intellectual and social potential. 

Six areas of focus

The EUTOPIA alliance’s strategic direction is outlined in the following areas of focus:

To co-create an open learning community in partnership with students and non-academic partners.

To promote an integrated, challenge driven, knowledge-creation community among the EUTOPIA institutions.

To address global challenges from a local level through the promotion of inclusive growth and innovation. 

To extend the concept of open and inclusive education, innovate and modernise education and training, and provide 21st century skills and competencies in all of Europe’s regions.

To commit to be always open to the world through our core academic socio-cultural, political and economic intention. 

To shape an open and inclusive structure with an adaptive, collaborative, multi-level governance model. 


  • Prepare students, staff and learners to be empowered European citizens in today’s disruptive world
  • Adjust the university organisation and practices to lead the challenges of the 21st Century
  • Increase and intensify the Europeanisation of programmes on offer
  • Catalyse place-making by the universities in partnership with their regions, engaging with all agencies to embed and empower the transformative effect of universities
  • Serve as an example for other universities, across Europe and in the international arena, to share and develop the focus on building transformative, challenge-driven and contemporary universities.


EUTOPIA will produce challenge-driven research and teaching, prepare empowered European graduates, champion regional and international involvement, and support diversity, inclusivity and widening citizenship.
A principal vector is the binding principle of openness. EUTOPIA will embrace the Open Science agenda, create distinctive and relevant European learning through open knowledge co-creation, build public resource platforms that enable collaboration, and support inclusivity mechanisms that increase local intellectual and social strengths. 


  • Stimulate the European Open Science agenda, relating it to teaching, research and social missions, and radiating to become leaders and advocates in this agenda’s continuation. 
  • Develop the Open Educational Resources and Knowledge agenda, wherein students co-create courses and construct collaboratively distinctive curricula. 
  • Foster mobility as a mainstream learning experience, challenging the limiting practices of traditional approaches. 
  • Build an Open Campus agenda to strengthen links between and across universities and regions. Promote an overall cosmopolitan ethos, and champion and empower students as agents of the open campus. 
  • Enable inter-institutional learning to create by 2025 realising conditions for the vision of EUTOPIA. It will include the creation of a EUTOPIA learning community, a EUTOPIA knowledge community with actions geared to towards diverse and inclusive participation, and a EUTOPIA outreach and support community connecting with European universities and the world. 



The EUTOPIA 3-year plan is organised in seven Work Packages, each one with a specific goal and actions. All include three different types of activity (strategy development; development and implementation of tools and instruments; implementation of pilot cases):

  • A governance structure and a management strategy
  • A common Learning Community
  • A common set of Knowledge Creation Communities
  • A place-making capacity, policy and practice
  • An inclusion and balanced societies policy and practice
  • A grounded and global internationalisation
  • A sustainability and dissemination policy and practice