Unite! A network of universities focused on innovation, technology and engineering

Selected and funded by the European Commission since June 2019, Unite! (University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering) is an innovative project in the field of engineering education and the development of European citizenship, which aims to create a large European campus from Finland to Portugal.

Imagine a university that offers you all the schooling from nine European high-profile scientific universities. Imagine how mobility between these nine campus can be simplified thanks to common procedures and services that will allow you to live the digital campus experience, whenever you want to. Imagine innovative learning methods, and being able to learn a language as well as discovering different European cultures thanks to your study program! European alliance Unite! makes all of the above possible. University Grenoble Alpes is part of this partnership, along with 8 other European universities.

In concrete terms, Unite! will achieve these objectives though the following activities:

For students

  • Mobility, both physical and virtual within the Unite! network is possible for all students of partner universities. Students can participate in joint programs, summer schools, online courses as well as short mobility programs.
  • Easy access to language and culture courses of all possible destinations.

For Doctoral Students

  • Doctoral students can participate in programs collectively elaborated among Unite! partners for which research is closely linked to learning process, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Mobility in the Unite! network is also possible within the framework of scientific collaborations.

For Staff

  • All staff working in Unite! partner universities can carry out mobilities, especially during themed Staff Weeks.
  • Staff are encouraged to participate in Unite!work packages when relevant.
  • Staff have access to the Teaching and Learning Academy, which aims to guide teachers develop flexible and pedagogically innovative academic career. 

For regional stakeholders

  • Stakeholders on the territory (companies, authorities) benefit from an access to structures of innovation and entrepreneurship which allow them to constitute strong international partnerships.
  • What is more, Unite! develops models of collaborative management and governance, as well as support services, communication and quality assurance for Unite! inter-university campus.
  • Unite! has been granted an additional funding in July 2020 from European program Horizon 2020. Within this scope and thanks to its educational dimension, Unite! develops a strategy of research and innovation (R&I).


Unite! brings together 7 partners, recognized for the quality of their education and research:
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany)
  • Aalto University (Finland)
  • Kunglia Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden)
  • Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
  • Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) and
  • Grenoble INP, Graduate Schools of Engineering and Management, Université Grenoble Alpes, on behalf of the entire Université Grenoble Alpes, which is involved in this project in all its dimensions.
Together the seven partners have 167,000 students and annually 36,700 graduates.

Unite! originates from CLUSTER network and builds on three decades of close and dedicated cooperation on different aspects of higher education, research, innovation and social responsibility.

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Published on  July 29, 2020
Updated on June 5, 2023