The societal role of universities and their alliances: the case of the EuroTeQ Engineering University

Lukas Fuchs (Corresponding author), Carlos Cuevas-Garcia, Gunter Bombaerts

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We analyse the creation of European university alliances as an effort to build learning networks between universities in light of newly perceived needs in Europe. The rationales for such alliance formation include cultural integration, grand societal challenges and reforms in the European innovation ecosystem. We consider how alliance formation may be instrumental in achieving closer cooperation and understand alliances as learning networks where universities can share know-how, define strategies and pursue moral reflection. How such learning may take place is illustrated with a case study of the “EuroTeQ Collider”, a joint educational programme by one of the European university alliances. The case illustrates how uneven experience with novel educational formats and stakeholder engagement creates opportunities for exchange and how formulating a common language for joint activities can make universities align their strategies and deliberation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-277
Number of pages15
JournalTertiary Education and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


This research was funded by EU Horizon 2020, proposal acronym: BoostEuroTeQ, Proposal number: 101035802, in the Horizon 2020 Call H2020-IBA-SwafS-Support-2-2020 (Support for the Research and Innovation Dimension of European Universities (Part II), topic: IBA-SwafS-Support-2-2020. Type of action: CSA-LSP.

FundersFunder number
Research and Innovation Dimension of European UniversitiesIBA-SwafS-Support-2-2020
Horizon 2020101035802


    • Engineering universities
    • European university alliances
    • Role of universities in society


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