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The Université de Lyon joins the ARQUS European Alliance

On The February 20, 2019

In order to establish their international policy and European ambitions, the Université Jean Monnet, the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, under the banner of the Université de Lyon (UdL), have joined the “ARQUS” European Alliance.

By 2025, this project aims to strengthen European cooperative projects in a wide array of disciplines and cross-disciplines, with our partner European universities, including Granada (Spain), Graz (Austria), Leipzig (Germany), Padua (Italy), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Bergen (Norway). The scope of this project extends beyond that of the European Commission’s European University Alliance call for projects, to which its partners are applying. It aims to implement concrete steps beginning in 2019.

The ARQUS consortium officially accepted the University of Bergen’s application to join the consortium at the latest meeting in Graz, on February 7 and 8, 2019.


The UJM, Lyon 1 and Lyon 3 aim to involve all of their stakeholders in this project, including our 90,000 students and doctoral students, our 4,000 research professors, our students who have resumed their studies and our 7,500 staff members. The ARQUS project aims to offer a different and innovative cooperative model: innovative training programs based on research and built alongside players in development and entrepreneurship for improved employability, and the sharing of knowledge and best practice to meet the needs and address the social issues that will emerge in the next ten years. We aim to create new programs and the conditions for the inclusion of our students, which means opening up our existing programs to students from all of the institutions who are partnering with us in this project. Our goal is also to develop cross-disciplinary work (for instance, developing the values of humanism in engineering, the hard sciences, social sciences and in civil society), empowering our students to play a role in transforming society. Our students are at the heart of our project, and they must work with each other and with our economic partners (companies) and local authorities.

What we have most to gain from the Alliance is clearly fostering European values by providing equal opportunity for individual mobility in a multi-lingual, inter-cultural context. We believe that the Alliance will be an idea incubator and address the major European educational issues of tomorrow.