The UNITA- Universitas Montium project represents one of the „European Universities” funded by the European Commission in order to generate systemic changes in the higher education area. West University of Timișoara is part of this consortium together with: Università degli studi di Torino (Italy), Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (France), Université Savoie Mont Blanc (France), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) and Universidade Beira Interior (Portugal). The consortium brings together six universities creating a community of over 160000 students, from five romance-language speaking European countries, which operate in geographic, cultural and socio-economic border ecosystems.
Through its long-term strategy and mission, UNITA aims to create a participatory, open, inclusive and efficient European university.
This mission will be achieved by: developing an excellent research-based and student-centered education environment, creating an inspiring learning habitat, promoting linguistic diversity throughout the use of intercomprehension as a tool for communication, supporting non-central/mountain areas through research-driven solutions, raising both the number as well as the quality of virtual and physical mobilities for the entire community (including through initiatives like “rural Erasmus” and “Green Mobilities”), as well as strengthening the sense of European identity, citizenship and values.
These objectives will be reached in a digitalized inter-university campus, anchored in the cultural and socio-economic realities of the aforementioned territories. In the first phase of the project, the Alliance will focus on achieving the project’s main goals by referring to three major areas: Renewable Energies, Circular Economy and Cultural Heritage.
UNITA has over 40 associated partners (public and private companies, governmental and non- governmental institutions, at both local and regional level), which makes it a unique and ideal ecosystem for developing best practices to be used in the future European higher education area.