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ENLIGHT stands for European university Network to promote equitable quality of Life, sustaInability and Global engagement through Higher education Transformation
ENLIGHT is a European University formed by ten comprehensive, research-intensive universities from ten European countries (Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland), training over 300,000 learners per year and sharing a deep commitment to their social responsibility.
ENLIGHT aims to undertake a fundamental transformation of European higher education that empowers learners as globally engaged citizens with state-of-the-art knowledge, skills, and innovation potential to tackle major societal transitions and to promote equitable quality of life and sustainability.
ENLIGHT wants to establish the foundations of an open integrated European University System to ensure the free movement of students and staff and sharing of resources.
Like a lighthouse guiding sailors to shore, the ENLIGHT alliance will guide students to become lifelong learners and agents-of-change ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
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ENLIGHT strives to transform the way in which we address global challenges by developing new models and methodologies for education and research adapted to the complex sustainability issues that cities and communities face today.
To embark on our mission and create replicable models we focus on five flagship areas which are key determinants of societal well-being and sustainability.
ENLIGHT’s universities are situated in metropolitan hubs, political and financial capitals, as well as small cities representing the urban-rural interface. In total, ENLIGHT serves over 5.5M inhabitants with 11 official languages with a strong intercultural diversity. Whatever their size, the surrounding cities and regions are the focal point of major complex societal challenges, which involve complex trade-offs between technical, political and social interests.
Therefore, the respective cities and regions are important Associated Partners of the ENLIGHT network. They play a central role in the development of learning formats and research activities around real-life challenges that emerge in the local contexts. ENLIGHT will use its local environments (cities and regions) across Europe as living laboratories for (lifelong) learning and research to address key UN Sustainable Development Goals in health and well-being, digital transformation, climate change, energy and social inequalities.
ENLIGHT has obtained funding from European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ European University initiative to embark on its educational transformation. Read more about our six specific actions on our dedicated project page.
In addition to Erasmus+ complementary funds were acquired in the framework of H2020 | Science with and for Society to develop a joint comprehensive research strategy in close synergy with the educational dimension.