Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris has announced the allocation of €2.7 million in funding to support the participation of Irish universities in various European University Alliance partnerships.
The funding will be distributed among 12 different Irish Universities, with Trinity set to receive €391,300 in additional funding for the Challenge-driven, Accessible, Research-based, Mobile European University (CHARM EU) programme.
“The funding I am announcing today further enhances the participation of our Irish Universities in European partnerships and strengthens those international relationships we have built over decades benefitting thousands of Irish students”, Minister Harris said following the announcement.
“The partnerships we have will continue to lead the way towards the universities of the future, promoting European values and identity, and revolutionising the quality and competitiveness of European higher education”, he added.
Trinity CHARM-EU Director Professor Pádraig Carmody said: “Built on principles of inclusion, diversity, equality, sustainability and transdisciplinarity, the alliance is creating a new model for higher education which will equip students and staff with the skills they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
“This additional funding will enable us to implement our ambitious teaching and research strategies in collaboration with our European partners”, he added.
Founded in 2019, Charm EU is a European University alliance, co-funded by the Erasmus programme, between 9 European universities. These include the Trinity College Dublin, University of Barcelona, Utrecht University, the University of Montpellier, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Åbo Akademi University, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences and the University of Bergen.
CHARM EU aims to “create a new university model to become a world example of good practice to increase the quality” while also improving “international competitiveness” and diversity in the European Higher Education landscape.