Published on 6 December 2018

The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, Lund University, Sweden, the University of Porto, Portugal, the University of Szeged, Hungary and Université Paris-Saclay are joining forces to create a pilot European University called "Alliance for Global Health."

Living better together: a global challenge

In a context where the issues of public health, the environment and food security have become global, not everyone enjoys the right to have access to healthcare, drinking water and clean air. To build a peaceful world where everyone lives in optimal conditions, it is urgent to find solutions that are altogether fair, enlightened and sustainable. The challenge for Europeans—current and future generations alike­—is to position themselves as the inventors and leaders of a new model where knowledge and expertise are developed, shared and valued at the highest level; and where the pooling of resources, sustainable development and healthier communities will be promoted as global values.

Educating the citizens of tomorrow to European values 

Located in various territories and ecosystems throughout Europe, the five partner universities aim to educate future generations of citizens on the issues and professions related to these challenges while developing their capacity to adapt to a globalized and changing environment. They promote European values including human rights, solidarity, gender equality, secularism, freedom of expression, access to knowledge for all, mutual understanding of cultures and respect for diversity.

The strengths and strategy of the Alliance for Global Health

The strength of this Alliance will be to implement an innovative educational strategy drawing its originality and richness from:

  • the excellence and complementarity of its partners in areas related to global health (health sciences and engineering, social sciences, sports sciences, agronomic sciences, climate and environment, etc.),
  • unparalleled technological infrastructures (including 2 synchrotrons),
  • the presence of Alliance campuses in dynamic and diverse economic regions.

The Alliance will establish new structural elements based on the success of previous network-based cooperation schemes between its partners. It will therefore be administered on the basis of a shared governance model involving students and staff members. The Alliance will develop new joint educational resources and set up transnational pedagogical and managerial teams entirely dedicated to its operation.

New multidisciplinary European training courses will be offered on a variety of topics including human and animal health, climate and its impact on ecosystems, and the exploitation of new resources and digital technologies. The curriculum will be driven by high-level expertise acquired through international experience. It will rely on digital technology and will focus on project implementation and immersion in professional environments (business, hospitals, NGOs, etc.). It will enable as many students as possible to follow a personalised path and develop a career project adapted to the global job market—all while encouraging students to become commited members of our democracies.