European Universities unite to create a joint Community of Practice

06/28/2024 | by EUniWell | European Universities

European Universities are joining forces in a project called FOR-EU4All. The project unites EUniWell and all fellow European Universities into a unified, cohesive structure. The goal is to foster a collaborative and supportive environment where best practices and experiences can be shared not only among the alliances themselves but also with the broader European Higher Education (HE) sector.

A promotional banner for the #ForEU4all project. The image shows three students engaged in a group discussion. The European Universities and Erasmus+ logos are displayed at the top. The text on the image reads: "FOREU4ALL PROJECT. European Universities alliances unite under the #ForEU4all project to foster collaboration & share best practices.

As flagships of the European Education Area (EEA) and the European Research Area (ERA), European Universities are leading the way in developing new and innovative concepts for deep transnational institutional cooperation to stimulate long-lasting transformation of European higher education as a whole.

Evolution of the FOR-EU Network

The informal alliance network FORum of European Universities (FOR-EU) has been in place since the start of the European Universities initiative (EUI). Alliance experts have been brought together across countries and institutions to form active communities on strategic topics, such as education cooperation, governance, research & innovation dimension of alliances, or student engagement. FOR-EU has currently 20+ subgroups in place and different parallel fora where the coordinators and alliances’ experts meet. Due to the increasingly large-scale nature and impact of the EUI, a merger of all FOR-EU groups is now necessary, and dedicated resources are required. 

Formalising Collaboration

FOR-EU4All will reflect the fruitful collaboration and related extensive expertise that exists in FOR-EU. It will merge, formalise, and scale up the informal processes and structures that naturally developed over the past four years, and focus on supporting efficient administration, coordination, communication and dissemination. Moreover, FOR-EU4All will strongly focus on linkages with the wider HE sector, collaboration with existing networks and stakeholder representatives, as well as engagement with decision-makers on both achievements and challenges related to the EUI. This is also reflected in the project name, we simply are stronger together. Outreach activities and the dissemination of good practices and learnings are expected to help bring transnational cooperation in HE in Europe to the next level. 

Commitment to EEA and ERA Objectives

European Universities are committed to contributing to the realisation of both the EEA and ERA policy objectives. In collaboration with stakeholders, this project will furthermore focus on addressing challenges to transnational collaboration that persist in the EHEA to date - ranging from joint educational provision to mobility as well as digital and R&I collaboration. With FOR-EU4All, alliances are committed to working together with each other, with relevant stakeholders and policy-makers to overcome obstacles to transnational collaboration and to realise the long-lasting transformation of European higher education. 

EUniWell’s Role in FOR-EU4All

EUniWell is proud to play a key role in this project. It will support the collaborative endeavours of the network by actively engaging with policymakers to create a supportive environment for European co-creation. Through addressing key challenges and promoting best practices, EUniWell will support efforts to ensure that the voices of European Universities are heard in the policy-making dialogue with regional, national, and European actors to tackle barriers to international cooperation, such as joint programme development, student and staff mobility, and quality assurance. By contributing to policy recommendations and participating in policy-relevant events, EUniWell is committed to driving significant impact and contributing to the lasting transformation of higher education across Europe.


The FOR-EU4All project has been awarded 1.8 million euros by the European Commission and should last 48 months, starting on 1 November 2024. The European University Association – EUA, the European Students’ Union – ESU, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education – ENQA, the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education – EURASHE, and the Erasmus Student Network - ESN are associated partners of the project.

Further infomation

More information can be found in the European Commission's press release:


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