The European Alliance on Sustainable Mobility (ERASMob) is a network founded by seven European universities in 2021. Its aim is to create one European, multilingual and inter-campus university for sustainable mobility. An innovative approach of cross-sectoral cooperation is being developed so that all universities will benefit from synergy effects in education, research and innovation activities. This prepares these institutions to adequately address the socio-economic challenges in the fields of sustainability, environment and professional and cultural transformation, which Europe will have to face in the next years and decades. To do so, the network will involve all sectors including industry, politics and society. Currently, the network is preparing a common proposal for the next call of the Erasmus+ program.
The presidents of the seven universities, comprising the ERASMob network, met for a first online-meeting in May 2021. (more)
Led by Université Clermont Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand, France), ERASMob brings together three comprehensive universities and four technical universities from seven different European countries: Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (Regensburg, Germany), Vives University of Applied Sciences (Kortrijk, Belgium), Panepistimio Ioanninon (Ioannina, Greece), Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool (Tallinn, Estonia), Høgskulen på Vestlandet (Bergen, Norway) and Universitatea Ovidius din Constanta (Constanta, Romania).
Sustainable mobility is understood by ERASMob as the effective combination of transport systems, policies and services (covering all major modes of mobility: land, air and sea) to allow for inclusive, affordable, efficient, safe, clean, and convenientaccess of people and goods to services and opportunities in urban and non-urban areas. ERASMob supports the achievement of sustainable mobility goals in a context of renewed cultural and mental representations of mobility conducive to a greater protection of humanity and the biosphere without further impacting scarce natural resources. The consortium considers sustainable mobility from a technological and social perspective and is invested in improving its cultural, political, economic and environmental impact on society as a whole. The European university ERASMob aims to act as a driver for teaching, research, innovation, knowledge transfer and public access in the field of sustainable mobility and to provide the foundation for new developments in cooperation between all partners from the different fields of science, industry, politics and the general public.
ERASMob understands sustainable mobility
- in the key areas of technology and traffic, environment and energy, medicine and health, agriculture and the food sector, circular economy, creative arts and business;
- to include the important notion of access to mobility, regardless of income or location;
- to include equity in accessibility for all groups of the population as well as all geographical areas;
- by activating institutionalized cooperation with structural, systemic and sustainable impact to achieve sustainable goals;
- from a better provision of infrastructure and services to support knowledge transfer, movement of people and technological goods.
ERASMob aims at detecting and utilizing synergies in the fields of education, research and innovation to address the pending challenge of making mobility more sustainable. This goal should be achieved in four steps:
Start a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness for sustainable mobility concepts, solutions and current obstacles. The campaign addresses all researchers, staff members and students and allows a continuous transfer to the general public.
Swiftly introduce integrative programs that lay the foundation for systematic cooperation between all partners (universities, cities, companies and civil society).
Further intensify the cooperation on both local and transnational levels.
Defining and implementing systematic cooperation that has a strong socio-economic impact allows for new methods and procedures and enables societal change („scaling up the transformation“).
The ERASMob network has been established within the framework of the Erasmus+ European Universities initiative, which aims to create transnational alliances of higher education institutions across the EU. European Universities promote the idea of the „university of the future“ as well as European values and a European identity. In addition, European universities should revolutionize both quality and competitivity of European education, research and innovation. Based on two calls in 2019 and 2020, the European Commission has validated several kinds of cooperation between European universities. So far, 41 alliances have been approved.
The main objectives of European Universities are
- to create one multilingual inter-campus university,
- to concentrate expertise, platforms and resources in order to provide joint curricula or units for various disciplines and create synergy effects across Europe in the fields of education, research and innovation and
- to make European universities contribute to a sustainable economic development in their respective regions by cooperating with socio-economic players like companies, local authorities, academia etc.
An alliance that aims to be a European University must meet the following requirements:
- Involving partners from different types of universities all over Europe
- Having a long-term strategy focused on sustainability, excellence and European values
- Offering curricula for a European campus where students can contribute to their own programs und be mobile in all phases of their studies
- Bringing together students, researchers and external partners in variable interdisciplinary teams to tackle the greatest problems Europe is confronted with
- Developing common research and innovation activities within the alliance