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The Institutional Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), is a network of 42 universities, gathering main Higher Education Institutions located in the European capital cities. It was founded in 1990 on the initiative of Université Libre de Bruxelles . The mission of the Network, which has a combined strength of over 120,000 staff and 1,500,000 students, is to promote academic excellence, integration and co-operation among its Member Universities throughout Europe. It also seeks to be a driving force in the development of the Bologna process and to facilitate the integration of universities from Central and Eastern Europe into the European Higher Education Area.

UNICA activities are divided into 5 main categories - clusters:
- Internationalisation and Mobility

- Education

- Research and Development

- Policy and Strategy

- Mission and Link with Society

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Internalisation and Mobility

IRO. For the implementation and achievement of the UNICA Internationalisation and Mobility goals, the International Relations Officers (IROs) from Member Universities play a main role. IROs meet at least once a year to discuss UNICA approaches, initiatives and policies in the field of higher education. Projects and collaboration within Member Universities are developed within various UNICA working groups.

UNICA Student Conference. Organised every two years, UNICA Student Conference gathers students from UNICA Member Universities for a three-day meeting during which they examine and debate on Europe’s most pertinent issues. The meeting’s objective is to encourage the participants to share their views and develop their recommendations while working in multinational and multicultural teams. A final publication, sent later to the European Commission for its consideration, gathers the conclusions and suggestions of the students.

Student Mobility. UNICA promotes and facilitates student exchanges within the Network.

Staff Mobility. In order to improve the exchange of best practices between Universities, UNICA has developed a project of exchange of academic staff within Member Universities.

UNICA Chair. UNICA Chair is a project implemented by the City and the University of Lausanne and carried out via annual cycles of conferences. The objective of this project is the exchange of academic staff within UNICA Universities in order to develop relations between the university and the city and to enhance collaboration between UNICA Members.

Education

Bologna Lab. The Bologna Lab is coordinated by the University of Vienna. The aim of this Laboratory is to present best practices related to the implementation of the Bologna process.

Joint Programmes. UNICA awards grants for the development of the most interesting Joint Programmes (Master and PhD). Till now, eight joint programmes have received the UNICA grant.

Admission and Recognition. UNICA has stablished a working group of experts dealing with Admission and Recognition issues within Member Universities.

UNICA European Campus. Starting with a limited number of Universities, the European Campus aims to create an area of free movement of students, reducing the administrative procedures to the minimum .

Research and Development

In the research and development field, two main seminars are organised:
- PhD Coordinators' Meetings
- The EU Research Seminar
- The EU Research Officers is a group of experts dealing with EU Research policies and initiatives within Member Universities.

Policy and Strategy

In the framework of Policy and Strategy, UNICA organises every year a Rectors’ Seminar to discuss governance and policy issues and to exchange best practices between Member Universities.
The Scholarly Communication Seminar is an initiative to provide a think tank on the evolution of the role of libraries in the Universities.
UNICA also benefits from European Commission grants on Higher Education sector. It has submitted some projects which have been approved and implemented.

Mission and Link with Society

UNICA Urban-Capital working group aims to analyse and to give solutions to problems and changes taking place in capital cities. UNICA also cooperates with the ¨Union of the Capitals of the European Union (UCEU).

Structure

The Network's internal organisation consists in three bodies: the General Assembly (with one meeting per year), the Steering Committee (with four meetings per year) and the International Relations Officers' Committee (with two meetings per year). The General Secretariat situated in Brussels assures general co-operation and administration of the Network.

UNICA Contact Persons

Each UNICA Member University is represented by a Contact Person. Such system enables easy communication and fast information flow between the University Members.

UNICA Member Universities

Country Institution(s)
 Albania University of Tirana
Polytechnic University of Tirana
 Austria University of Vienna
 Belgium Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Université Libre de Bruxelles
 Bulgaria Sofia University
 Croatia University of Zagreb
 Cyprus University of Cyprus
 Czech Republic Charles University in Prague
 Denmark University of Copenhagen
 Estonia Tallinn University
Tallinn University of Technology
 Finland University of Helsinki
 France University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne
University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle
Paris VI University
Paris Dauphine University
 Germany Free University of Berlin
Humboldt University of Berlin
 Greece National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
 Hungary Eötvös Loránd University
 Ireland University College Dublin
 Italy Sapienza University of Rome
University of Rome Tor Vergata
Roma Tre University
 Latvia University of Latvia
 Lithuania University of Vilnius
 Macedonia Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
 Netherlands University of Amsterdam
 Norway University of Oslo
 Poland University of Warsaw
 Portugal University of Lisbon
New University of Lisbon
 Romania University of Bucharest
 Russia Lomonosov Moscow State University
 Slovakia Comenius University in Bratislava
 Slovenia University of Ljubljana
 Spain Autonomous University of Madrid
Complutense University of Madrid
 Sweden Stockholm University
 Switzerland University of Lausanne
 United Kingdom University College London

External links

UNICA home page

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