With a total funding amount of 14.4 million Euro, ENGAGE.EU is entering its second funding period.
Three years ago, the University of Mannheim became the coordinating university of this alliance of at first seven and then nine European universities. The proposal for continued funding from the European Commission also included a realignment of the goals of the alliance. The three pillars research, teaching and knowledge transfer regarding society and economy remain the core activity of ENGAGE.EU, however, there will be new emphases. The focus will be on joint master’s programs, doctoral programs for early-stage researchers, establishing research communities and cooperating with partners from outside the university.
“I am pleased, and I am proud that the proposal for the second funding period of ENGAGE.EU has been approved”, says Thomas Puhl, President of the University of Mannheim. “This is a huge success which acknowledges the efforts of all those involved and reflects the quality of the projects that have been implemented to date.” In the past three years, numerous projects in research and teaching have been developed within ENGAGE.EU. Those are for example inter-university online courses, a master’s program on digital transformation, expedition weeks, workshops for doctoral students and research visits. Moreover, a research platform has been implemented where 250 researchers exchange ideas, get inspired and start collaborating.