Università di Pisa and Universität Wien to join Circle U. from January 2022

We are pleased to announce the broadening of the alliance with two new members, the University of Vienna and the University of Pisa. The excellence of these research-intensive universities and their regional, European and global engagement will open new opportunities for students and staff in Circle U.

The inclusion of the University of Pisa and the University of Vienna strengthens Circle U.’s mission as a European university that is built on centuries of experience in societal impact, that fosters research excellence and research-driven teaching and that thrives for innovative and inclusive teaching to empower its students.

Half a million students

Circle U. now represents close to half a million students and 65.000 staff members all sharing a common vision: reinforcing the links between teaching, research, innovation and service to society to have more impact, answering the major global challenges of today and tomorrow such as in the fields of democracy, climate change, and global health.

Paolo Maria Mancarella, Rector of the University of Pisa. Photo: University of Pisa

"The University of Pisa is greatly honoured to join the European Alliance Circle U.", stated Paolo Maria Mancarella, Rector of the University of Pisa.

"The atmosphere of great collaboration and perfect agreement so quickly achieved will allow us to rapidly join in with the partner universities, cooperating in the creation of an ambitious, inclusive and sustainable European University. The Circle U. Alliance, thanks to the prestige of the partner universities, will provide important new opportunities for the students and researchers of the University of Pisa, further enhancing our role in the European research and higher education area."

A new phase for Circle U.

Heinz W. Engl, Rector of the University of Vienna. Photo: University of Vienna

Heinz W. Engl, Rector of the University of Vienna, underlines, "The University of Vienna is very pleased to have joined Circle U. today. We are looking forward to working with our partners in Circle U. to develop innovative teaching methods, conduct high-quality research and make a positive contribution to some of the most important issues in today’s society, including sustainability, democracy and global health."

"We are entering a very important new phase for Circle U.’s development," says Svein Stølen, Rector of the University of Oslo and President of Circle U.

More opportunities

"Students from Aarhus, Belgrade, Berlin, London, Louvain, Paris and Oslo – but also academics, researchers and staff members – will have even more opportunities to collaborate, to innovate, to co-create with the colleagues in Vienna and Pisa."

Yoan Vilain, President’s Representative for International and European Affairs at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, who has led the negotiations with the two new members, continues: "From the very first discussions with Universität Wien and Università di Pisa, we felt a strong commitment to Circle U. We are looking forward to their contributions to the current projects but also to the next call for the European Universities Alliances."

The signature ceremony will take place on 28th of January at the Mission of Norway to the European Union in Brussels, in presence of partners and key European, national and regional stakeholders.


Kevin Guillaume
Secretary General

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Published Nov. 12, 2021 10:39 AM - Last modified Nov. 12, 2021 10:39 AM