Unite! Alliance

Unite! is one of the first 17 European University Alliances; it gathers seven universities that connect European regions of economic prospect, entrepreneurship and innovation with the aim to renew European higher education, within its Erasmus+ pilot project, as well as develop a common research and innovation agenda among its partners within its Horizon 2020 project.

Unite! will connect engineering, science and technology with the great challenges of society in co-creation with students, faculty and staff – providing skills for a new generation of European and global citizens.

Key Activities

The process of developing a new university model started in autumn 2019; plus, since January 2021 the Unite! Alliance is looking even further ahead as it takes up the challenge launched by the EC to develop, in synergy with its education dimension, a shared, integrated, long-term research and innovation (R&I) strategy.

Additional activities of the Alliance regard the development of joint models for governance and management, support services, communication and quality assurance.


The E+ project, coordinated by TU Darmstadt, includes activities aimed at students and staff as well as external partners with the following targets:

  • For BSc and MSc students
    • Physical and virtual mobility within Unite! for all students that ranges from joint education, summer schools, and on-line courses, to new joint courses comprising a short-term mobility programme
    • Language and cultural awareness courses
  • For PhD students
    • A joint European PhD program to be developed within the Unite! doctoral school
    • Mobility within Unite!
  • For faculty and staff
    • Mobility within Unite! for all staff, including thematic staff weeks
    • Teaching and Learning Academy to help professors and educators develop models for flexible study pathways and innovative pedagogies
  • For the region
    • Connection of the ecosystems of Unite! partners, aimed at offering regional actors the possibility for to form new powerful international partnerships

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

UNITE.H2020 project

Funded within the Horizon2020 programme and coordinated by the Politecnico di Torino, UNITE.H2020 will perform in 3 years the following:

  • Develop a common R&I 2030 agenda, emphasizing our common DNA and shared vocation to address major societal challenges;
  • Develop policies to strengthen our R&I human capital by, e.g., new career development initiatives;
  • Develop policies to share our research infrastructures (RIs) supported by, e.g., experimental tests of previously developed guidelines on a selection of Energy RIs;
  • Reinforce cooperation with non-academic R&I players by, e.g., developing a network of Grant Offices & TTOs;
  • Mainstream our comprehensive Open Science practices based on, e.g., a detailed experimental analysis on the approach of our R&I groups to OS;
  • Involve citizens, civil society and public authorities in R&I;
  • Develop relations with other Alliances for joint synergies/complementarities.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant No 101017408

Who we are

Northern Europe: Two major cities or regions, strong in entrepreneurship and innovation: Aalto in Espoo-Helsinki (Finland) and KTH Stockholm (Sweden).

Western Europe: Two partners from the two largest economies and drivers of the European Union, TU Darmstadt in Germany (Hessen, Rhein-Main Region), coordinator of the alliance, and Université Grenoble Alpes / Grenoble INP (France / Rhone Alpes)

Southern Europe: Three major economic and industrial centres ranging from Portugal to Northern Italy: Politecnico di Torino (Italy / Piedmont), University of Lisbon / Instituto Superior Tecnico in Portugal and UPC Barcelona (Spain/Catalonia).