The Circle U. Knowledge Hubs will be physical and virtual spaces for students and staff to co-create knowledge and solutions across disciplines with external stakeholders and find new ways of working together.
As a first step, we have identified three thematic areas where we will pool our existing strengths within education, research and innovation, to make substantial impact:
- Circle U. Climate Hub: Explore how universities can contribute with knowledge and solutions to the pressing issues of climate change, and examine the implications of the European Green Deal.
- Circle U. Democracy Hub: Examine the alarming trends in Europe and elsewhere where democratic values are undermined and discarded, and develop strategies to strengthen democracy and civic engagement.
- Circle U. Global Health Hub: Address the pressing issue of global and local inequities in health and seek to develop strategies for providing better healthcare for all.
Students will solve societal problems in student teams, and benefit from knowledge from other sectors, disciplines and national contexts. The Knowledge Hubs will also form the basis on which courses, summer schools and degree programmes will be developed.
We will support bottom-up joint initiatives embedding learning co-creation, virtual mobility and exchanges across all our universities and in cooperation with our associated partners. To stimulate engagement, we will set up seed fund mechanisms for academic or student led initiatives to co-create joint and innovative learning activities.
As our cooperation deepens, we will support bottom up initiatives to create new Knowledge Hubs that engage even greater areas of university life over time.