Trinity signed an agreement with four other universities earlier today to establish the Charm European University (Charm-EU), which aims to provide education focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The network launched earlier today in Barcelona, with Trinity joining ranks with the University of Barcelona, Utrecht University, the University of Montpellier, and Eötvös Loránd University.
Speaking at the new European University’s launch in Barcelona, Provost Patrick Prendergast outlined that College is “delighted to be part of this new network”.
“We need education programmes and research at the frontiers of knowledge to reduce poverty and the overall human pressure on our planet. A truly sustainable planet requires a global effort,” the Provost explained.
“As individuals, institutions, cities and countries, we all have an essential part to play and through this collective European network we hope our universities will make a significant impact,” Prendergast continued.
The venture seeks to provide interdisciplinary education to European students, training them to become “global citizens”.
The move follows the European Council’s decision in 2017 to create a network of European universities in order to improve the competitiveness of higher education institutions on an international stage, as well as fostering a sense of European membership.
The European Council intends to establish an estimated 20 European Universities by 2024. These networks would allow students to obtain their degree while studying in several EU countries.